Idaho Athletes Finish Strong at 2015 Simplot Games: Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello and YMCA Team Idaho of Boise claim victory

For Immediate Release
Date
February 20, 2015
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Idaho Athletes Finish Strong at 2015 Simplot Games

Elijah Armstrong of Pocatello and YMCA Team Idaho of Boise claim victory

 

Pocatello, Idaho – Elijah Armstrong from Pocatello and YMCA Team Idaho from Boise led Idaho athletes in finishing strong at the 2015 Simplot Games, bringing home first place finishes in their respective events. Idaho had a successful year at Simplot Games, with many athletes making the podium while competing against athletes from across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Mexico.

 

Top finishers from Idaho include:

  • Elijah Armstrong, senior from Pocatello, finished first in the 3200-meter with a time of 9:01.04, claiming his first win and narrowly missing the Simplot Games meet record of 9.00.62. His time is currently the second fastest in the country.
  • YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’ of Boise won the boys’ 1600 sprint medley with a time of 3:32.53.
  • Diamondback Track Club ‘A’ of Pocatello finished first in the All-Idaho boys’ 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:34.91,
    while YMCA Team Idaho ‘B’ of Boise finished second with a time of 1:35.25.
  • YMCA Team Idaho ‘C’ from Boise finished first in the All-Idaho girls’ 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:47.36 while YMCA Team Idaho ‘B’, also from Boise, finished second at 1:48.25.
  • Juniors Michael Slagowski and Garret Calhoun, both from Boise, finished strong in the boys’ 800 meters as Slagowski claimed second with a time of 1:53.98 and Calhoun took fourth with a time of 1:55.77.
  • Auby Barr, a sophomore from Nampa, finished second in the girls’ pole vault, clearing a height of 11’06”

 

A full list of Idaho medalists is included below.

 

More than 2,000 athletes have come from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Australia to participate in the 37th 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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Complete List of Idaho Qualifiers for 2015 Simplot Games (name, year in school, city):

 

Boys’ 3200 meters

1st, Elijah Armstrong, 12, Pocatello (9:01.04)

 

Boys’ 800 meters

            2nd, Michael Slagowski, 11, Boise (1:53.98)

4th, Garret Calhoun, 11, Boise (1:55.77)

 

Girls’ 4×200 meter relay

4th, YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’ (1:44.90)

 

Boys’ Pole Vault

5th, Wes Loertscher, 12, Boise (14’00”)

 

Boys’ High Jump

5th, Oscar Klassen, 12, Aberdeen (6’07”)

 

Girls’ Pole Vault

2nd, Auby Barr, 10 Nampa (11’06”)

 

Boys’ 60 meters

5th Cory Mullanix, 11, Boise (7:06)

 

Boys’ Triple Jump

4th, Britt Ispen, 10, Boise (44’11.5”)

6th, Devyn Morris, 12, Boise (44’03.25”)

 

Girls’ 1600 Sprint Medley

3rd, YMCA Team Idaho ‘B’ (4:14.89)

 

Boys’ 1600 Sprint Medley

1st, YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’ (3:32.53)

 

Boys All-Idaho 4×200-Meter Relay Final

            1st Diamondback Track Club ‘A’ (1:34.91)

2nd YMCA Team Idaho ‘B’ (1:35.25)

3rd Indian Track ‘A’(1:36.53)

4th Indian Track ‘B’ (1:37.14)

5th Snake River Fitness Club (1:41.04)

6th CR Thunderbirds ‘A’ (1:41.74)

 

Girls All-Idaho 4×200-Meter Relay Final

1st, YMCA Team Idaho ‘C’ (1:47.36)

2nd, YMCA Team Idaho ‘B’ (1:48.25)

3rd, Trojan Track ‘A’ (1:52.73)

4th, YMCA Team Idaho (1:54.64)

5th Indian Track ‘A’ (1:57.55)

6th CR Thunderbirds ‘A’ (1:58.72)