MIDDLETON, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Kimberly senior Blake Phillips won all of his events Saturday afternoon at the 3A state championships held at Middleton High School and helped break a state record.
Individually, he took the 100 and 200 meter dashes. We caught up with Phillips following the conclusion of the 100 meter dash.
"Just feels good to be here and compete with everybody," explained Phillips.
Buhl graduate John McCauley's record of 10.82 seconds has stood since 1999. Phillips didn't quite beat it, scoring a 10.97.
In the 200, he held off teammate Brett Bronson, who's just a sophomore to win with a time of 22.32 versus 22.49.
The 4 X 100 relay took first place and he ran that with Carson Merrick (11), Jaxon Bair (9) and Heath Owens (9), recording a time of 43.53. They nearly beat the 2006 record of 43.20 set by Fruitland.
According to Marvin Mumm, Kimberly made Phillips an alternate in both the 4 X 200 and the 4 X 400 relay to enable the school to make the decision depending on the team scores before the 4 X 200. When the school got to the 4 X 200, the Bulldogs decided to put him in the 4 X 400 instead of the 4 X 200. The runners in the 4 X 400 wanted him back in that relay to give them a better chance for a new state record.
He was a participant in the 4 X 400 relay that later in the day, placing gold with teammates Jaxon and Peyton Bair (11) as well as Brett Bronson (10). With a time of 3:22.32, they broke a 1997 classification record held by Jerome of 3:24.10.
Whether or not Phillips wants to run track in college, he hasn't made a decision just yet.
The Kimberly Bulldogs took home the 3A state runner-up trophy with 121 combined points. Sugar-Salem won the championship with 130.