The 19th Annual Moke Strong Canyon County Classic was held this past weekend on the campus of Caldwell High. This premier track meet, that features schools from Canyon County schools ranging from 1A to 5A, is named after the much-loved and admired teacher, coach, and principal in the Caldwell School District. Moke Strong spent 27 years in the Caldwell School District where he was a leader and role model for every child. He took an active interest in each on of his students and encouraged them to utilize their positive attributes. Best known for his athletic coaching and his strong dedication to youth, Moke was a magnet to kids. Moke passed in 2001, but his legacy lives on through the stadium that bears his name and the track meet held in his honor. His legacy is also continued through his children and grandchildren, whom several work and attend Caldwell schools. Son, Matt, and daughter in-law, Moss, are both administrators in the district. His granddaughter, Amber, is a teacher and coach at Caldwell High.
Cougs win Individual Titles at the “Moke”
Senior Lita Forse won two individual title at the Moke Strong Classic on Friday. Forse, the defending 4A shot put State Champion, took the event with a put of 39’4″ and won the discus with a mark of 137’2″. Forse is the current school record holder for both the shot put and the discus. Junior Mark Sullivan, the defending 4A State Champion, won the pole vault with a mark of 13’6″. Junior Nate Griswold, the defending 4A Triple Jump State Champion, took home two event titles for the Cougs, Griswold won the triple jump with a mark of 41’9.5″ and the long jump, with a mark of 19’8″. Senior Noah Rohrdanz won the high jump with a mark of 6’2″.
Caldwell Boys won the “Moke” with a team score of 109.5, finishing above Skyview, who had 91 points. Caldwell Girls finished in fifth, with a team score of 67. Skyview Girls took home the team title with a score of 153.5.
Thank you to Coach Troy Sullivan, his staff, and the countless volunteers for organizing and running this premier meet.