Carissa Lindsay breaks indoor track school record

Joe Koritnik

One of the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field events, the Simplot Games, was held last Thursday through Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho, on the Idaho State campus at the ICCU Dome (formerly the Holt Arena).

The meet, which drew more than 2,000 athletes from 19 states, Canada and Australia, provided the Lovell Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs with their toughest competition this season in their final meet before the 3A State Championships in Gillette in two weeks.

“The Simplot Games is such an exciting and unique meet for our athletes to experience,” head coach Lindsay Lindsay said.

The Lovell athletes that attended the meet had the opportunity to meet several USA Olympians such as Andre Phillips, Willie Banks, Stacy Dragilia and honorary chairman Dick Fosbury. The Games also offered recognition for all participants with the Parade of Athletes, an Olympic style event.

Carissa Lindsay had an outstanding meet as she broke the Lovell school record in the weight throw with a toss of 27-9, eclipsing the previous record set in 2011 by Schuyler Davis by more than four feet. This was the first time Lindsay has thrown the weight throw this season. Halen Strom also had a good series of throws in the weight throw and had a solid mark of 47-7.

In the 200 meters, Gavin Robertson set a new personal record of 24.46 seconds, and Adnan Khan ran the 60-meter dash for the first time this season and hit the tape in 7.49 seconds, which places him fifth in Class 3A in the event heading into the state meet.

With the outstanding performances by the Lovell athletes at the meet, Coach Lindsay’s final thoughts regarding the Simplot Games were: “This is such a great experience for our athletes to compete and meet other athletes from around the world.”