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Coeur d’Alene’s boys, girls, start well at state track

BOISE – The Coeur d’Alene High School track and field team is off and running at the 5A state meet.

Or, perhaps more accurately, off running and throwing.

CdA senior Jonathan Murray won the discus title with a school-record throw of 175 feet, kick-starting a big Thursday for the Vikings at windy Bronco Stadium. Distance runners Cody Curtis and Kinsey Gomez provided the exclamation point, sweeping the 3,200-meter races to put both CdA teams in state championship contention.

The girls, seeking their first title since 1991, scored 37 points to lead the 5A race by 12. The boys, who last won state in 1950, are second with 28 points, five behind Rocky Mountain.

“I’m so proud of our kids,” Vikings coach Linda Lanker said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything more from them today.”

Murray’s throw outdistanced runner-up Zac Homer of Eagle by nearly 13 feet. Post Falls’ Matt Wardell (155-11) and Austin Funk (152-10) finished third and fourth, respectively.

“It was a great throw,” Murray said. “It came through nice and clean. It’s definitely a nice way to end my career, and I’m glad I was able to score points for my team.”

CdA senior Justine Zap placed second in the girls shot put with a mark of 38-10, while junior Madison Seaman (36-5½) finished fourth. Caldwell’s Jessica Aguilar (40-4½) won the event and Lake City’s Missy Morris (36-10½) finished third.

Seaman added a second-place discus finish at 121-4. Morris capped her Lake City career with a state title, edging Seaman with a mark of 122-8.

“I wanted to win, but Missy had a really nice throw,” Seaman said. “Maybe it was good for her to win because she’s a senior, and it gives me a lot of motivation for next year.”

The Vikings ended the night with a bang. Gomez dominated the 3,200, winning by more than 24 seconds with a time of 10:56. The senior goes for her second consecutive state distance sweep in today’s 1,600.

“I’m so excited,” Gomez said. “This is the first time I’ve ever been on a team that had a chance to compete for a state championship, and we’re all ready to show what we can do.”

Curtis, battling back from a recent illness, trailed most of the race before making a late push to win his first 3,200 title in 9:28. The junior is the defending champion in today’s 1,600.

“I just wanted to sit back and see how the race played out,” Curtis said. “I wasn’t really expecting to win today because everyone here is so good, but I’m definitely happy I pulled it out.”

Post Falls is third in the team race with 26 points, thanks largely to Wardell. The senior followed his third-place showing in the discus with a victory in the shot put, where his throw of 59-2 easily outdistanced runner-up Brett McCutchen of Borah (50-4¾).

Led by Morris’ strong day in the throws, Lake City’s girls had 22 points and sits in third place. Kierstie Shellman added a third-place pole vault finish for the Timberwolves.

In 4A, Moscow junior Wade Schumaker tied a state record in the 110 hurdles, winning his preliminary heat in 14.64. Schumaker will attempt to win the finals – and also defend his state title in the 300 hurdles – tonight. Rigby leads the 4A boys race with 60.5 points.

Lakeland sophomore Jordan Ward won the girls high jump, clearing 5-3 to capture the 4A championship by an inch. Ward was the only top-three finisher for the Hawks. Jerome (37 points) leads the 4A girls race.