West Side finished their track season with a second-place trophy for the boys’ team with 91 points and the girls placed 11th with 21 on May 18 at the 2A state championships at Middleton High School. Four-time state champions, Nampa Christian placed first with 131.50 points and Aberdeen third with 72 on the boys’ side. Melba was first with a score of 99 on the girls’ side.
The Pirates had some fantastic individual performances with Cyrus Rindlisbacher leading the way. He was the only Pirate to earn gold but many hit personal records and finished in the top ten.
Rindlisbacher defeated defending state champion Garrett Hawkes of North Fremont in the 110 hurdles with a personal-best of 14.29. Hawkes finished second with a 15.42 after a pair of hurdles tripped him up about midway through. “Cyrus Rindlisbacher’s hurdle times were not only the fastest times in 2A but second fastest times in the whole state,” said Coach Tyson Moser. “He was also fast enough to win any classification in Utah.”
“This feels so good,” Rindlisbacher said. “I’ve been working so hard. I really wanted to beat Garrett Hawkes, but I had a lot of work to do. It paid off.”
Rindlisbacher did just as well in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 39.58 for another gold and a new personal record.
“We have a lot of depth,” West Side distance runner Jacob Moffat said. “We brought 20 boys to state. That helps us compete.” The Pirates scored in 16 of the 18 events they entered.
Moffat brought home four medals over the two-day event. He finished third Friday in the boys 3,200-meter race and the boys sprint medley relay. On Saturday, he placed second in the boys 1,600-meter with a new personal record of 4:31.13 and took third in the boys 800-meter race.
Brigham Cook finished fifth in the boys 200-meter race Saturday and was on the Pirates’ third-place 4x100-meter relay squad, helping the team secure enough points to hold off Aberdeen.
“It was a great state tournament for both girls and boys, said Coach Tyson Moser. “The boys had an outstanding meet and competed well. All four of our relay teams took third and they all ran exceptionally well. The high jumpers, Dillon Robinson and Bryler Shurtliff took 4th and 5th. Jacob Moffat was the only distance runner at state to run four events. He had a very tough schedule and ran very well.”
The relay teams consisted of Rindlisbacher, Dillon Robinson, Josh Reeder and Gideon Beutler in the 4x400 in 3:29.09, and Rindlisbacher Enoch Ward, Bryler Shurtliff and Brigham Cook for the 4x100 in 44.59. Cook, Shurtliff, Robinson and Brock Gittins ran the 4x200 (1:34.17).
Robinson finished eighth in the 300 hurdles (43.77), as did Cook in the 200 (24.03) and Shurtliff in the long jump (19 feet, 1.5 inches). Reeder also earned fifth place in the 800 after PRing with a time of 2:01.67.
“The girls did as well as they could have,” Moser said. “Lilia Ebanez finished her career strong with a third place finish in the pole vault (9’ 6”). Ellie Stegelmeier also had a great meet with a fifth place finish in the 110H.” Stegelmeier also took seventh in the 300m hurdles (48.79).
Ashlyn Willis took fourth in the 800 (PR time of 2:28.66), and West Side Natalia Lewis finished eighth in the 1,600 (5:40.23).
“I want to thank all the people who came up to Boise to watch the kids compete,” said Moser. “I also want to thank all my assistant coaches. Coach Dan Line did an especially good job coaching our hurdlers.”