The Orofino Junior High 7th-8th Grade Girls track team finished up their 2019 by placing 5th out of 33 teams in the 7th-8th Grade girls division of the YMCA middle school invitational track meet held at Mountain View High School track in Meridian on May 25.

Orofino qualified nine girl athletes that chose to participate in this 7th-8th meet and they were Samatha Graham, Gwendolyn Hutchinson, Kaia Romero, Lindi Kessinger, Tori Larsen, Olivia Boller, Virginia Cafferty, and Dacota Esparza. They were able to win 13 medals.

Special thanks go out to all the family and friends who traveled to Meridian to support all the athletes in this special year ending track meet. Also, thank yous go out to volunteers Steve and Joyce Nobles for helping coach the discus and shot put during the season and to Cindy Beardin who captures beautiful pictures of the team in action during the season’s track meets.

Lindi Kessinger set a new Orofino Junior High 7th grade girls record in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.55a. The old record was held by Abby Rasmussen and was set in 2016 with a time of 19.03a.

The final team scores were: Rigby 117.5, Sage Valley (Vallivue, Id) 64.5, Kamiah 41.5, Raft River 38.5, Orofino 35, Filer 31.5, South Fremont (St. Anthony, Id) 31, Idaho City 31, Liberty Charter (Nampa) 30, East Valley (Nampa, Id) 29, Highland-Craigmont 26, Carey 26, Oakley 23, Garden Valley 21, Rocky Mountain (Idaho Falls, Id) 20, Sandcreek (Idaho Falls, Id), Rockland 19, Riverstone International (Boise, Id) 9, Lewis and Clark (Meridian, Id) 9, Adrian, Or 8, Snake River (Blackfoot, Id) 8, Ashlee Stanger-Unattached 8, Compass Charter (Meridian, Id) 7, Greenleaf Academy (Greenleaf, Id) 5, Ellie Taggart-Unattached 5, Council 4.5, Franklin (Pocotello, Id) 2, Richfield 1, Kimberley 0, Adysyn Staner-Unattached 0, Glenns Ferry 0, Hailey Hartig-Unattached 0, Victory Charter (Nampa, Id) 0, and Nampa Christian (Nampa, Id) 0.

The Orofino Junior High Girls 7th-8th Grade results of this meet are as follows: 100 Meter Hurdles: 3rd-Lindi Kessinger 17.55a (New Orofino girls 7th grade record); 1200 Meter Steeplechase: 2nd-Lindi Kessinger 4:38.0a; 800 Meter Relay: 5th-Orofino (Olivia Boller, Samantha Graham, Tori Larsen, Kaia Romero) 2:02.53a; Medley Relay: 5th-Orofino (Olivia Boller, Samantha Graham, Tori Larsen, Kaia Romero) 2:10.20a; Discus: 1st-Lindi Kessinger 88’ 09.5”, 8th-Dacota Esparza 66’ 04”; Triple Jump: 7th-Lindi Kessinger 30’ 01”.

The Orofino Junior High 5th-6th Grade Girls track team placed 7th out of 20 teams at the 5th-6th Grade girls division of the YMCA middle school invitational track meet held at Mountain View High School track in Meridian on May 25. Orofino qualified three girl athletes that chose to participate in this meet and they were Ava Goetz, Reagan Kessinger, and Bella Cafferty. They brought home six medals. The final team scores were: East Valley (Nampa) 68.5, Kamiah 49, Sage Valley (Vallivue, Id) 47, Challis 46, Rockland 45, Glenns Ferry 31, Orofino 29, Adrian, Or 26, Castleford 23.5, Miley Palmer-Unattached 16, Nyla Holtzen-Unattached 16, Greenleaf Academy (Greenleaf, Id) 13, Makenzie Baisch-Unattached 10, Kimberly 8, Mountain View (Blackfoot, Id) 7, Anna Botz-Unattached 6, Council 4, Hope Grace Myers-Unattached 4, Idaho City 3, and Nampa Christian (Nampa, Id) 0.

The Orofino Junior High Girls 6th Grade results of this meet are as follows: 100 Meter Hurdles: 3rd-Reagan Kessinger 21.2; 200 Meter Hurdles: 2nd-Reagan Kessinger 37.24; Shot Put: 4th-Ava Goetz 21’ 10”, 5th-Reagan Kessinger 21’ 07”; Discus: 4th-Ava Goetz 54’ 6.5”; Long Jump: 8th-Reagan Kessinger 11’ 04.75”.

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