Young and Helms

Emmett hurdler Caden Young handles the umbrella duties for teammate Landon Helms during pole vault action at the YMCA Invitational at Mountain View High. Helms won the event and also took home the gold in the 110 meter hurdles and the long jump on a less than ideal track weather day.

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Over the past decade, the Emmett High hosted Probst-Walker Memorial Track Meet has been among the highest attended meets each season. Unlike most meets which tend to cater to same division schools, the Probst-Walker has been a meeting ground for schools of all sizes, providing some of the most interesting matchups that will not be seen in the upcoming District and State meets.

The event was canceled the last two years due to COVID, partly because of the large number of athletes who make it a very social event, as well as a top athletic event. This year it is returning, this Wednesday. Maybe a little smaller than some past events, but still eleven teams strong as of Saturday.

The events get underway at Huskie Field at 2 p.m.

This is the last major tune-up for most athletes before District meets get underway next week. It’s one that Emmett coach Molly Yates is looking forward to.

“We have been progressing very well the last few weeks, despite the weather,” Yates said. “We are very young and don’t have a lot of athletes that might be considered State challengers but they are getting better every week and many of them will score team points when we get to Districts.”

In the run up to this week’s home event, EHS tracksters have been splitting up to attend various meets – some designed for younger athletes to have competitive races and push them to new personal bests – others pushing the envelope of competition against the best the State and in some cases, the Northwest has to offer.

Last week the Huskies sent a contingent to a Southern Idaho Conference meet at Caldwell and then another group took part in the YMCA Invitational hosted by 5A Mountain View. Despite lousy weather on all three days, new PRs and top performances were turned in.

At the youth meet at Caldwell, sophomore Tucker Welling won the pole vault with a 10- foot performance. Dominic Bunting won the triple jump, going 36’7” and Lily Jones won the girls pole vault with a 9’6” effort.

Pole vault also played a big part in Emmett success at the YMCA meet.

Tatum Richards matched her State record 12’6” mark set last spring. Richards, a junior, also took fourth in the 110 hurdles.

Freshman Annastyn Kunka set PR’s in the 800 meters and in the 2K Steeplechase – an event not often run in Idaho.

You can’t say pole vault without including the name Landon Helms. The Emmett senior took the YMCA event with a 16’6” jump, then proceeded to win the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 13.91 and the long jump with a 21’7.5” leap. He was to be in the finals of the 300 meter hurdles but was finishing off his pole vault event when the gun sounded for that run.

Caden Young did make the gun for the 300 meter hurdles and finished fifth in a time of 42.41. Young was seventh in the long jump at 20’4.5”.

Silas Massey waived his 400 meter specialty to try his hand at the 2K Steeplechase and took 7th in a time of 7:10.33. The Emmett Medley Reay team took second in a time of 4:00.6.

After the Probst-Walker on Wednesday, Helms and Richards are headed to the BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah on Friday and Saturday. That wraps up the regular season and sets the seedings for the District III Championships on May 13-14 which will be held at Ridgevue High in Nampa.

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