Declo's Duncan has sights set on multiple state titles; 2A/3A Track roundup

FILER, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) I think if temperatures dropped ten degrees, it would be more favorable conditions for area track athletes. Filer High School hosted the 2A, 3A district championships.

In the final day of competition, we start with the 3A boys 100 meter dash.

Right now Kimberly's Blake Phillips is third in the 3A with a time of 11.29.

But teammate Deklyn Ruffing put together two solid days of racing and finished with an official time of 11.2 to win. He took a year off because of his passion for racing snowmobiles.

"Definitely my coaches, they've helped me with my starts and just really improved me this year. I haven't done track for a couple of years. I race snowmobiles in the wintertime, it's hard to do both. My season just finished for that so now I can focus on districts and state," explained Ruffing.

Keegan Duncan is one of the fastest athletes in the state. The Declo sophomore ranks 17th in all of Idaho for his personal best time of 11.13 and second in the 2A ranks.

On Thursday, he won the district championship easily and hopes to win the 100, 200 and 400 meter events next weekend at state.

His 400 time of 49.92 is eighth best overall in Idaho, only athletes from 4A and 5A schools are slightly faster.

"I was trying to not false start today because that would be pretty stupid. I feel really prepared, I have PRed in the 400, 200 and 100. It's hard when your friends want to go do stuff, and I have to go put in the work on the track," added Duncan.

Moving onto longer races, we reach the 3A boys 800 meter run.

Andy Tolman and Shelby Harding boast two of the top 12 times in the 3–a ranks. The Kimberly junior and Filer junior go to battle every time they see each other.

On Thursday, the district championship belonged to the Wildcat as Harding narrowly defeats his foe. Harding's PR is 2:06.02.

The fastest time in the 3A is Sugar–Salem's Cameron Gardner who raced in a time of 2:00.80 at the BYU Invitational.

"Andy Tolman gave me the most challenge today. We've been head to head since last year so it's been pretty good competition," exclaimed Harding.

He advises that if you're running this distance, to stay hydrated in this heat.

Meanwhile, Kendra Benson of Buhl edged out the competition to win the girls 800 meter run.

Her PR is 2:26 and the unofficial time today came in at 2:28.

The junior Indian just wanted to receive a good seed to state because she also had to worry about the 400 meter dash. She has her eyes set on a school record set back in 1997 by Leah Moore.

"It's a lot hotter than it's been lately. I really want it to be a 2:18 because that's what our school record is and I'd like to do that but I don't know if will happen this year, that's what we're going for," said Benson.



 
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