BOISE — Bishop Kelly High School ruled the team races once again, but several local athletes earned gold medals at the 4A state track championships Saturday at Dona Larsen Park.
Bishop Kelly earned its fourth straight girls team title with 113 points, 28 more than second-place Twin Falls. The Knights also won their third straight boys team title, edging Twin Falls 85.5 to 80.5.
Twin Falls senior Muamer Mujic earned his second straight gold medal in the 100-meter dash, finishing with a time of 10.98 seconds. Bishop Kelly’s Cameron Foley was second (11.06).
Mujic also didn’t get a chance to race one of the state’s best sprinters. Bishop Kelly senior Khalil Forehand, who won the state 100 title as a sophomore, was disqualified from the race this year after he false-started in the district finals last week.
“I was kinda disappointed that Khalil wasn’t here,” Mujic said over the phone. “It’s less meaningful.”
Forehand was eligible for the 4×100 and 4×200 relays, and he helped the Knights take first in both events. Mujic and the Bruins finished second in the 4×200 and third in the 4×100, events they won last year.
But overall, Mujic was happy with his Saturday performance. The Weber State signee won the 200 for the second straight year with a time of 21.99, 0.54 seconds faster than second-place Ryan Tenn of Bishop Kelly.
“It’s pretty exciting, especially seeing back-to-back on my sweatshirt,” Mujic said. “I’ve had my downs and ups. I came back and pushed myself, and now here I am.”
Mujic’s teammate Mattalyn Geddes continued to break school records. After running a personal- and Twin Falls-record 11:07.25 in the 3200 on Friday, Geddes ran a 5:02.19 in the 1600 on Saturday. The sophomore’s time was more than nine seconds ahead of her senior teammate Kami Withers, and it broke the school record of 5:05.22, which she ran at last week’s district championships. Saturday’s time was more than eight seconds better than the previous Bruins’ girls record in the event.
Geddes finished second to Pocatello senior Harlee Hales in the 800 with a time of 2:18:16, a personal record that narrowly broke the previous Twin Falls girls record of 2:18.2.
Twin Falls junior Cyril Mahlke placed first in the boys 300 hurdles (39.47).
Canyon Ridge senior Abdelgadir Mohamed won the boys 400 meters (49.55), and he helped the Riverhawk boys win the 4×400 relay. Canyon Ridge finished fourth in the boys standings with 70 points, three behind third-place Pocatello.
Burley’s Jesus Cardenas won the boys long jump with a distance of 20 feet, 4.75 inches.
UPDATE: This story has been updated to note that Geddes also broke the school record in the 800, and the record she broke in the 1600 was her own.