Taite Priestley and Andrew Iverson highlighted the final day of competition for Preston at the 4A State Championships, which were contested at Eagle High School. Priestley won the bronze medal in the high jump after clearing the bar at 6-2, and Iverson placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (41.30).
“Andrew getting that medal is so well deserved,” PHS head coach Brandon Lyon said. “Very few kids work as hard as he does, and he always shows up for the big races. He had a huge breakthrough in both hurdles races at district last week, and really continued with that this week. It sets him up for a special senior year.”
Larissa Knapp had a solid weekend for the Indians as she was eighth in the discus (108-7) and shot put (31-5.5). Teammate Quincy Hyde finished seventh in the shot put (32-5).
Riley Ward and Harli Hymas just missed out on scoring points for Preston, but both athletes PRed in their best event. Ward was ninth in the 1,600 (5:28.23), and Hymas 10th in the 800 (2:27.16).
The Indians tallied 15 points on the boys side and 14 on the girls. The Bishop Kelly girls obliterated the field with a whopping 153 points, while the Knights held off Skyline and Pocatello in a compelling boys competition. The three schools were separated by four points.
Nearly all of Preston’s state qualifiers are underclassmen, and Lyon is optimistic about the future.
“We really have a young team,” he said. “Many of these kids were at the state meet for the first time and gained valuable experience that we will use in the years to come. We lose some great field event kids to graduation this year, but we have some good youth in those events and we did not have a senior on the track at district or state, so we are excited about what the future holds.”