Idaho Athletes Defend Their Home Turf at 2016 Simplot Games with Four Titles

For Immediate Release
Date February 20, 2016
Contact: Kayla Nelson, (208)-244-8030
Idaho Athletes Defend Their Home Turf at 2016 Simplot Games with Four Titles
Boise’s Michael Slagowski leads Gem State athletes with 1600-meter meet record
Pocatello, Idaho – Idaho athletes put on an incredible performance across the track and field at the 2016 Simplot Games and kept four Simplot Games titles in the state.

Photo by H. Michael Roberts

Photo by H. Michael Roberts

Michael Slagowski from Boise led the Idaho contingent by winning the boys’ 1600 meters with a record time of 4:10.16, besting the old record by .06 of a second.
“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Simplot Games is my favorite indoor track meet, so it’s awesome to be here and beat the meet record.”
On the girls’ side, eighth grader Lexy Halladay, also of Boise, kept the 1600 as an Idaho event and wowed the crowd when she won the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:53.40.
“It is fun to compete against athletes who are older than me, but also really scary,” Halladay said.
Garrett Calhoun from Boise won the Boys’ 800 meters with a time of 1:52.39.
Calhoun fought off Logan McKay, a senior from Layton, Utah, until the last 400 meters when he started to pull ahead. Calhoun said his goal for the race was to stay on the inside of the track and set the pace that he was comfortable with.
“Logan challenged me and I knew I had to keep the inside of the track so that he didn’t pass me,” Calhoun said.
In the field, Taylen Langin from Boise won the girls’ pole vault with a jump of 12’.
“I am beyond happy with the win,” she said. “It was one of the happiest moments of my life.”
Other Idaho Athletes Placed as followed:
3rd Place 4 x 200-meter relay, YMCA Idaho from Boise, 1:30.83
3rd Place Boys’ Weight Throw, Zach Andrew from Boise 62-06.75.
3rd Place Boys’ Triple, Jump Britt Ipsen from Boise 45-11.5.
3rd Boys’ Long Jump, Britt Ipsen from Boise, 22’ 03.05.”
3rd Boys’ High Jump, Dejan Nikolic from Boise, 6’ 05.”
3rd Girls’ Weight Throw Kendra Noneman from Eagle, 47-04.5
3rd Place Boys’ Sprint Medley YMCA Team Idaho from Boise, ‘B’3.37.44
4th Girls’ Pole Vault, Auby Barr from Nampa, 6 feet
5th Girls’ 4 x 800, Shelley Track Club ‘A,’10:03.92
5th Boys’ Pole Vault, Mark Sullivan from, Caldwell 14’ 3”
5th Girls’ Weight Throw, Emily Frasure, from, Pocatello, 38-08.25
5th Boys’ Sprint Medley Relay, Idaho Dash Club from Boise, 3.40.32
6th Girls’ Shot Put, Elian Lemus from Terreton, with a throw of 38.00.35
6th Girls’ 800 Meters, LeAnn Larkin from Shelley, 2:17.18
More than 2,100 athletes have come from across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to participate in the 38th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.
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