Dow Dean Invite returns to Challis

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Jazmine Rivera hurdles over the brand new lineup at the Dow Dean Invite. Deb Sheppeard photos

Ross Sheppeard throws the discus at the Dow Dean Invite. Deb Sheppeard photos

Ross Sheppeard hands off to Dakota Petersen in Lane 3 of the new track. Deb Sheppeard photos

After a nearly fifteen-year hiatus, track and field has returned to Challis! The Dow Dean Mountain Madness Invitational was held as the inaugural meet at the new track and field complex. On a blustery day last Thursday, fans cheered and athletes ran, jumped, and threw on an absolutely spectacular 8-lane track, with all field events viewable from the stands as well. The event was run by a small army of local Challis volunteers who received kudos from all the coaches in attendance.

To top off the day, the Viking boys’ team won the meet outright, fighting off seven teams including Salmon, West Jefferson, Butte Coounty, Leadore, Clark County and Mackay. The Lady Vikings took third overall.

Senior Jayden Olson brought home four gold medals with wins in the Pole Vault (13’6”), the 400m (57.16), Medley Relay (3:57.96), and 4X400m Relay (4:07). With Olson in the relays were Tristan Stillwaugh, William Ashley and Parker May (Medley) and Tristan Stillwaugh, Jayce Giampedraglia and May (4X400m).

Ashley won the 100m (11.36) and took second in the 200m (23.73). In the same 200m, Danny Ziegler took the bronze medal with 26.64. Ziegler also ran on the second-place 4X200m relay team (1:47) with Dakota Petersen, Ross Sheppeard and Dustin Stillwaugh. Jakob Plummer took third in the Pole Vault with a personal best vault of 12’6”.

Giampedraglia battled wind in the 800 to clock a 2:20.27, with teammate Charles Miller right behind in a personal best of 2:20.57.

Leading the Vikings in the distance races was Ty Redick who earned bronze in the 1600m (5:29) and 3200m (10:59).

Field events saw Tristan Stillwaugh and Parker May tie for second, while junior Wyatt Naillon won the Discus and Nathan Schwenke took second (117-05 and 116-04, respectively). Senior Hunter Cain took second in the Shot Put (36’0.5”).

On the girls’ side, Keaton Kikuyama continued her domination in the triple jump, winning with a 33’08” leap. Kikuyama then anchored the very tight Medley Relay team finish (2:00.20) against Salmon, edged out by less than 0.6 seconds with a diving finish across the line. Team members included Jaylyn Vanschoiack, Joanna Campbell and Tara Chamberlain. Chamberlain, Campbell, Kikuyama and Jazmine Rivera took second in the 4X100m relay (55.57). Campbell also took second in the girls’ Pole Vault with a season best 9’0”.

Vanschoiack brought home the bronze in the girls’ 400m (74.82) and was on the winning 4X200m relay team (2:05) with Autumn Deal, Hannah Whitmer and Kori Kramer.

In the field events, freshman Hannah Corrigan took third in the Shot Put (32’11”), while teammate Naomi Foster took third in the Discus (99’02”). Foster and Kramer tied for third in the High Jump (4’0”).

This week the team heads to Salmon. Complete results and stats can be found on the team’s website at

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