As the year comes to a close, eight students graduating from Twin Falls Middle School leave behind a strong legacy, a three-year undefeated streak in track and field.
Jack Allen, Lorenzo Beverly, Nicholas Ayling, Tanner Daniels, Landon Reynolds, Noah Ribary, Zach Hall, and Aidan Medina will be moving on to Mount Si High School next year, but were happy that they were able to keep up their success throughout their last year at Twin Falls.
“I started out (in track) just to do fitness for the other sports I played, then I realized I was having a ton of fun with these guys,” Ribary said. “We were rewriting the record book and I just kept with it. This year, it was just a chance to get to know these guys better and really have fun.”
Kyle Wallace, head coach of the track and field program, said that while keeping kids in the program throughout their time at Twin Falls can sometimes be tough, these athletes were really engaged with the program once they began competing with other schools.
“They competed against Mercer Island, Tolt and Chief Kanim, and throughout the three years they didn’t lose a meet,” he said. “I’ve been with them now for three years and that whole legacy of going undefeated started to build itself and so that was motivating for them, but also I was so excited for them to pull that off. What a great legacy to leave the school.”
While they were able to win every meet, it wasn’t always easy. Beverly said that Chief Kanim was the opponent that gave them the most trouble, but while they did put up a good competition they did not have enough athletes to compete with Twin Falls.
“Chief Kanim, they have fast people who work just as hard and they use us as motivation to try to win,” he said. “They have good jumpers, good throwers and people who sprint, but it’s only a couple of individuals. Not enough to support their whole team.”
He is looking forward to starting at Mount Si, where all the students from Twin Falls and Chief Kanim will race for the same team.
“We will also get the kids from the other schools that we competed against. We combine with Chief Kanim, the two best, we can combine to be a super team,” Beverly said.
Wallace said that the eight boys set the example of work ethic on the team and were people who the rest of the program looked up to. The success they have found is also having impacts on the program itself as he has seen growth in the total turnout from the sixth and seventh grade students this year.
“We are looking good and have a lot of potential, it’s just a matter of making sure they come back next year. Hopefully by what they’ve seen of those eighth grade boys, that will motivate them, to break that record, and get to that level,” he said. “Hopefully that motivates them to come out and try to out do what these guys have set for the standard.”