Idaho athletes medal in home state at 2014 Simplot Games

Pocatello, Idaho- Daniel Bruton, a senior from Rexburg, and Alex Lawerence, a senior from Kuna, took home first place medals and led the pack of 16 Idaho athletes who medaled at the 2014 Simplot Games. Bruton’s mark of 6’7 in the high jump and Lawerence’s mark of 14’6 in the pole vault gave them first place.

“Most people get really stressed out about Simplot Games track meet, but I am really calm about it,” Bruton smiled, “I come to just have fun.”

Among other standout Idaho athletes were:

  • Elsja Mecham, a sophomore from Rigby, placed second in the girls 400 meters with a time of 55.94 seconds. She also placed 6th in the 60-meter hurdles.
  • Elijah Armstong, a junior from Pocatello, placed second in the boys 3200 meters with the time 9:10.93.

A full list of athletes who received medals is listed below:

Boys 3200 meters

2nd– Elijah Armstong, 11, Pocatello

Boys 800 meters

3rd– Jordan Wallin, 12, Boise

Boys 60-meter dash

4th– Karsten Niederer

Boys sprint medley

5th– YMCA Team Idaho ‘B’

Boys Pole Vault

1st– Alex Lawrence, 12, Boise

4th– Adam Jones, 12, Meridian

Boys high jump

1st– Daniel Bruton, 12, Rexburg

Boys triple jump

2nd– Marcell King, 12, Boise

Boys long jump

4th– Tanner Johnson, 12, Boise

6th– Scott Warner, 12, Twin Falls

Girls 60-meter hurdles

6th– Elsja Mecham

Girls 400 meters

2nd– Elsja Mecham

Girls 800 meters

6th– Paige Dilmore, 12, Boise

Girls 1600 meters

2nd– Sam Mckinnon, 12, Boise

Girls 1600 sprint medley

5th– YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’

Girls long jump

2nd– Cambree Harbaugh, 12, Boise

Girls pole vault

5th– Eliza Shippen, 12, Rigby

More than 1,900 athletes have come from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico to participate in the 36th annual Simplot Games—the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.

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