Nida leads girls to Regional track title
Nicole Nida had three individual firsts and anchored the 4x100 relay to a first place finish to lead the Prairie girls track team to the Regional team title Friday and Saturday, May 11-12 at Kamiah.Nicole Nida anchored the 4x100 relay team which set a meet record.
They scored 123 points, well ahead of the 85 points by runner-up Coeur d’Alene Charter School.
Nida set a new meet record of 12.6 in winning the 100 and also broke a meet record in the 200 with a time of 26.6. She had set the records of 12.8 in the 100 and 26.7 in the 200 in last year’s Regional meet. She also won the 400 meter dash in 1:01.3, just missing the record of 1:00.7 she set last year.
In the 4x100 relay, the team of Tabitha Sonnen, NaTosha Schaeffer, Gina Holthaus and Nida also broke the meet record with a time of 52.3. The previous  record was 52.7 set by Deary in 1996.
Also breaking a meet record was Kaylee Uhlenkott in the shot put as her mark of 38’2”, a personal best by over 3 feet, broke the meet record of 36’11” set last year by a Kootenai competitor. Also advancing to state in the shot put with her own personal best was Charlene Duman who placed 4th with a mark of 34’0”.
Uhlenkott and Duman also qualified in the discus, also with personal bests. Uhlenkott was third in the discus at 108’5”, breaking her personal best by 14 feet. Duman was fourth in the discus at 108’1”.
Sonnen qualified for state in 3 individual events as she won the 100 hurdles in 16.0, took third in the triple jump at 31’9¾” and took fourth in the 300 hurdles in 49.8.
Sienna Benton qualified for state in both the 800 and 1600 as she was third in the 800 at 2:29.8 and second in the 1600 at 5:53.9. 
Despite a 5th place finish in the long jump at 14’6½”, Holthaus qualified for state by grabbing one of the at-large berths.
Sam Frei qualified for state in both the 1600 and the high jump despite 6th place finishes in both events as her marks earned her at-large berths. She was 6th in the 1600 in 6:08.57 and 6th in the high jump at 4’6”.
The girls 4x200 relay team of Randi Schumacher, Benton, Katie Nuxoll and Gina Holthaus placed 4th and the 4x400 team of Schumacher, Holthaus, Nuxoll and Schaeffer also took 4th place.
For the boys team J.D. Riener took first in both the shot put and discus and will return to state to defend his championships in both events. He won the shot put with a mark of 49’9½” and the discus with a mark of 152’5”.
Also qualifying for state was exchange student Vit Spanhel who took fourth in the long jump with a mark of 18’9”.
Jake Holthaus was 6th in the triple jump at 37’6” and Ryan Daly made the finals in the 200 where he finished 8th.
As a team the boys placed 11th out of 16 teams with 39 points.

State Track Meet schedule
Action will get underway for Prairie athletes at the State Track meet starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17 at Bronco Stadium in Boise.
Sam Frei will be competing in the high jump and Charlene Duman and Kaylee Uhlenkott in the discus at that time.
The action continues on Friday. At 9 a.m. Gina Holthaus will be competing in the long jump while Duman, Uhlenkott and J.D. Riener will all be competing in the shot put
At 10:30 a.m. Riener will move over to the discus competition while Tabitha Sonnen takes part in the triple jump.
At 11:30 a.m. the running prelims start with the 100 hurdles. Prelims will run with the 3-A competitors first, then 2-A and finally 1-A. 
There will be prelims following for the 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 300 hurdles and 200 meter dash. Nicole Nida will be in the 100, 400 and 200 while Sonnen will be in the 300 hurdles.
The Parade of Athletes will be held at 4:45 p.m.
Finals will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with the 100 meter hurdles.
Sienna Benton will see her first action in the 800 meter run which follows the 100 meter dash finals. After the 800 is the 4x100 relay where Prairie’s girls team has the best time posted in regional competition.
After the 4x100 is the 400 meter dash, the 300 meter hurdles and the 200 meter dash. Then will be the 1600 meter final which features Benton and Frei. 
Admission to the state track meet is $5 per day, $4 per day for senior citizens, students and grade 1-6 and students in grade 7-12 who have activity cards.

Kaylee Uhlenkott had a personal best in the discus to take second. The day before she broke the meet record in winning the shot put.
Tabitha Sonnen advanced to state in 3 events plus a relay. Here she is in the triple jump where she placed third. She was first in the 100 hurdles and 4th in the 300 hurdles.
Sienna Benton led after the first lap in the 1600 with Sam Frei in 4th. Benton wound up 2nd and Frei 6th with both advancing to state in the event.
J.D. Riener makes the winning toss in the discus. He also won the shot put and will defend his state titles in both events.
Vit Spanhel took 4th in the long jump to advance to state.
Charlene Duman watches her discus throw. She advanced to state in both the discus and shot put with personal bests in both events.
Nicole Nida had a season best time and broke her own meet record as she won the 100 meter dash. She just missed breaking her own school record.

PHS Track Schedule
17-18-19-State at Boise. See story above for event times or go to, click on sports and then track for all the lane assignments and meet schedule (under general info). As the meet progresses the finals lane assignments will be posted there as well as all event final results. They should also be available at

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