Idaho Athletes Qualify for Saturday Finals at 2015 Simplot Games

For Immediate Release
February 20, 2015
Contact: Amy Sorensen (801) 554-6988
Idaho Athletes Qualify for Saturday Finals at 2015 Simplot Games
Pocatello, Idaho – Elijah Armstrong from Pocatello, along with Kimball Wightman and Bryce Kirby from Boise, led the field of Idaho boys who qualified for Saturday’s finals at Simplot Games. Idaho also presented a prominent field of female athletes as four girls qualified for the high jump and five qualified in the pole vault.
Top Athletes include:

  • Elijah Armstrong, senior from Pocatello, led the pack in the boys 3200 meters with a qualifying time of 9:29.98, one of the top 50 times in the nation this year.


  • Kimball Wightman, a senior from Rexburg, qualified in both the long jump and the 60-meters hurdles with a time of 8.61 seconds.


  • Bryce Kirby, a senior from Boise, qualified in the boys’ 200 meters as well as the 60-meter dash where he had the sixth best time.


  • Four girls qualified for the girls’ high jump with Abigail Brown (sophomore, Idaho Falls), Taylor Elliot (sophomore, Boise), Sierra Anderson (junior, Rigby), and Kolbi Sims (senior, Boise) all advancing.


  • Five girls qualified for the girls’ pole vault with Auby Barr (sophomore, Nampa), Emma Bellan (senior, Boise), Annea Black (freshman, Meridian), Courtney Diehl (senior, Meridian), and McKenna Dustin (junior, Boise) all making the cut.

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
Elijah Armstrong, 12, Pocatello
Austin Stewart, 11, Shelley
Girls’ 3200 meters
Molly Vitale-Sullivan, 11, Pocatello
Boys’ 1600 meters
Samuel Berg, 12, Meridian
Porter Wilkes, 11, Caldwell
Girls’ 1600 meters
Sara Christianson, 11, Boise
Erin Hagen, 12, Boise
Boys’ 800 meters
Garret Calhoun, 11, Boise
Derek Thomas, 9, Blackfoot
Michael Slagowski, 11, Boise
Girls’ 800 meters
Danielle Van Lith, 10, Caldwell
Faith Dilmore, 10, Boise
Carli Corpus, 11, Boise
Boys’ 400 meters
Cameron Hansen, 12, Rigby
Jeffrey Johnson, 12, Boise
Boys’ 200 meters
Bryce Kirby, 12, Boise
Boys’ 4×400 meter relay
Trojan Track ‘A’
Girls’ 4×400
Shelley ‘A’
Boys’ 4×200 meter relay
YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’
Girls’ 4×200 meter relay
YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’
Boys’ Pole Vault
Wes Loertscher, 12, Boise
Boy’s Long Jump
Kimball Wightman, 12, Rexburg
Britt Ispen, 10, Boise
Boys’ High Jump
Oscar Klassen, 12, Aberdeen
Bryton Cooper, 10, Burley
Diego Garcia, 12, Rigby
Girls’ Long Jump
Mikaela Sawyer, 12, Boise
Kolbi Sims, 12, Boise
Girls’ High Jump
Abigail Brown, 10, Idaho Falls
Sierra Anderson, 11, Rigby
Taylor Elliot, 10, Boise
Kolbi Sims, 12, Boise
Boys’ 60 meters hurdles
Ryan Phillips, 12, Boise
Ryan Chism, 12, Boise
Kimball Wightman, 12, Rexburg
Girls’ 60-meters hurdles
Mikaela Sawyer, 12, Boise
Girls’ Pole Vault
Auby Barr, 10 Nampa
Emma Bellan, 12, Boise
Annea Black, 9, Meridian
Courtney Diehl, 12, Meridian
McKenna Dustin, 11, Boise
Boys’ 60 meters
Bryce Kirby, 12, Boise
Cory Mullanix, 11, Boise
Devyn Morris, 12, Boise
Boys’ Shot Put
Drew Lindsley, 12, Grangeville
Boys’ Triple Jump
Britt Ispen, 10, Boise
Devyn Morris, 12, Boise
Boys’ 1600 Sprint Medley
YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’
Girls’ 1600 Sprint Medley
YMCA Team Idaho ‘B’
YMCA Team Idaho ‘A’