EAGLE, Idaho – Lakeland senior Jordan Ward estimates that she has stored roughly 80 track medals, along with numerous special trinkets, in a box at home.
Ward earned two more medals at the Idaho 4A state track and field meet Saturday at Eagle High School, including perhaps the most prized addition to her collection. She soared 5 feet, 7¼ inches to set a 4A record and become a three-time high jump champion.
“That’s all I really wanted to do, come down here and break the record,” said Ward, who later added a sixth place in the 100 hurdles. “I had a chance at it last year.”
Sandpoint had another solid day with second-place finishes by Mikhaela Woodward, Sam Levora and Tim Prummer. The girls just missed a fourth-place trophy, settling for fifth with 43 points. Moscow’s boys finished sixth and Sandpoint was seventh.
Rigby’s girls and Minico’s boys claimed state titles.
Ward, who stands 5-foot-7¾, entered the event at 5-2. Her competitors all failed to clear that height.
“It helps me save my legs for the higher jumps,” she said.
Ward missed two attempts at 5-5 before clearing the bar and she did the same at 5-7¼.
“Somebody (Sandpoint coach Dave DeMers) just told me to lay back,” said the Boise State-bound Ward, who won with a 5-6 jump last year. “I thought this could be my last jump in high school so I just gave it all I had.”
Levora, second to Pocatello’s Elijah Armstrong in the 3,200 Friday, set a brisk pace – 2:04 in the first 800 meters – hoping to drain some of Armstrong’s closing strength in the 1,600. But just as the fourth lap started, Armstrong cruised into the lead and pulled away.
“I knew Elijah would pull something out of the bag,” Levora said. “I’m super happy with my mile.”
He was even OK with throwing up after a race for the first time.
“It’s a little bit of a proud moment for me, I guess you could say,” Levora said.
Woodward and eventual champion Jasmine Nesbitt waited behind the leaders before making their moves in the 1,600. Jerome’s Nesbitt, who won the 3,200 Friday night, closed strong to win in 5:13.58. Woodward was second at 5:16.35.
“The first lap was really fast. I stayed back and was getting nervous so I started weaving my way up,” said Woodward, who was also second in the 3,200. “I think I PR’d by 10 seconds.”
Prummer was locked in a three-way battle down the stretch in the 400. He was edged out by Kuna’s Reed Ericson (49.99) for first, but held off Minico’s Caleb Worley for second. Prunner timed 50.14.
Lakeland’s Michael Olsen took second in the hurdles in 15.46.
“I was just thinking the first hurdle is the most important,” Olsen said. “Everything else will come naturally.”
Moscow sprinter Chase Lanham was second in the 100 (11.07), fourth in the 200 (22.78) and ran a leg on the Bears’ fourth-place 4x200 team.
Sandpoint’s Lily DeAragon placed third in the 400 (59.13) and fifth in the 200 (26.14).