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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