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Simplot Games is an indoor track and field meet in the western United States, one of the nation's premier high school events.[1] Held annually in February at Holt Arena, on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, it is sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company.

More than 1,500 athletes from over 20 states and Canada travel to the Simplot Games, held on the weekend of the third Saturday in February. The Games were first held 41 years ago in 1979, and Holt Arena's unique 200-meter banked-board track is one of the fastest in North America. Records have been broken regularly since the track debuted in the early 1970s.

At the Simplot Games, high school athletes get the chance to mingle with guest Olympic legends such as honorary chairman Dick Fosbury. The Games also offers recognition for all participants with the Parade of Athletes, an Olympic-style event. The Games are unique among national events because it is an open meet, which means athletes do not need a certain qualifying time or distance to be able to compete. All high school age athletes are welcome at the Simplot Games, giving students from all over the chance to compete, and admission is free.

Meet Management

Honorary Chairperson of the Simplot Games

Dick Fosbury

Executive Committee

Lisa Woodland - Executive Director
Greg Burch - Meet Director
Kristi Samuelson - Assistant Executive Director
Kevin Robbins - J.R. Simplot Co.
John Bob - J.R. Simplot Co.
Rick Phillips - J.R. Simplot Co.


In 1979 Simplot Games was just a small regional track meet. Today it is one of the nation's premier high school track and field events. The Games have come a long way. Every year Simplot Games has continued old traditions while adding new features that make it the event that it is today.


1979 - Simplot takes over financial sponsorship of the Bennion Games
1984 - High jumper Lisa Bernhagen of Hailey, Idaho, sets Games' first National Record (the record still stands)
1985 - Simplot hires its first Meet Director and takes on entire responsibility
1985 - Computers are used for the first time to run the meet
1988 - Simplot Games celebrates 10th Anniversary with introduction of 1st Commemorative Pin
1994 - adidas joins Simplot Games as an official sponsor
1995 -- Olympians Florence Griffith Joyner (FloJo) & Al Joyner make their first appearance at the Games
1997 - Games website ( goes online
1998 - J. R. Simplot receives the first "Pacesetter" award from USA Track & Field (USATF)
1999 - First use of the "Big Screen" in Holt Arena to pay tribute to the memory of FloJo, who died in 1998
2000 & 2001 - USATF brings its professional meet to the Simplot Games. Stacy Dragila set a world record in the Pole Vault in 2000 and broke it (twice) in 2001
2003 - On-Line Registration begins
2008 - Simplot Games celebrates 30 Years; J.R. Simplot passes away on May 25, 2008, at the age of 99
2009 - "Spirit of the Games Award" to honor J.R. Simplot is presented to Olympian Dick Fosbury, Honorary Chairman of the Simplot Games

J.R. "Jack" Simplot's contribution and dedication to Simplot Games

John Richard "Jack" Simplot was an enthusiastic supporter of Simplot Games and regularly attended the Games on Saturdays to view the ceremonies and final events. He enjoyed mingling with the high school participants, shaking hands and encouraging them to do well on the track and in school, and sharing one of his secrets to success: "Stay with it and just do your best."

He recognized the similarity in finding success in business and on the track: hard work, vision, the willingness to take risks, and the ability to overcome the odds.

And Jack Simplot, who launched his empire at the age of 14, no doubt recognized the potential in each of the young athletes he greeted.

Ceremonies and Parade of Athletes

The Ceremonies and Parade of Athletes has been an annual tradition of the Simplot Games. During this Olympic-style event, 2,000 athletes make their way around Idaho State University's historic wood track. Also during the Ceremonies and Parade of Athletes special guest are introduced, national anthems are played, and athletes from each state enjoy their moment in the spotlight.

Meet Records


60 Meter 6.68 Kenny O'Neal, Sacramento, CA 2004
60 Meter Hurdle 7.78 Michael Hancock, Denver, CO 2008
200 Meter 21.41 Faquawn Green, New Bern, NC 2010
400 Meter 45.92 Elzie Coleman, Newburg, NY 2004
800 Meter 1:49.46 Joshua Hammond, Leduc, Alberta 2015
1600 Meter 4:10.22 Ricky Faure, Rock Spring, WY 2014
3200 Meter 9:00.62 Ben Saarel, SLC, UT 2013
4X200 Relay 1:27.60 Track Eastern Carolina, New Bern, NC 2009
4X400 Relay 3:14.84 John Muir R.C., Pasadena, CA 1996
4X800 Relay 7:47.88 Bingham Track Club, So. Jordan, UT 1998
Medley Relay 3:26.28 Track Eastern Carolina, New Bern, NC 2009
High Jump 7? 2 ¼ " Alfredo Deza, Lima, Peru 1998
Long Jump 24? 8 ½" Clarence Scott, Long Beach, CA 1996
Triple Jump 52? 2 ¾" Greg Yeldell, Spencer, NC 1998
Shot Put 77? 2 ¾" Ryan Crouser, Gresham, OR 1998
Pole Vault 17? 6 1/4? Pat Manson, Denver, CO 1986
Weight Throw 82? 7 1/4? Leif Arrhenius, Orem, UT 2004



60 Meter 7.19 Ashley Owens, Colorado Springs, CO 2004
60 Meter Hurdle 8.16 Jacquelyn Coward, Knoxville, TN 2008
200 Meter 22.97 Bianca Knight, Ridgeland, MS 2007
400 Meter 53.38 Lashinda Demus, Long Beach, CA 2001
800 Meter 2:07.00 Heidi Houle, Orem, UT 2005
1600 Meter 4:51.65 Alicia Craig, Gillette, Wy 2000
3200 Meter 10:32.41 Emily Kroshus, Calgary, Alb, CA 2000
4X200 Relay 1:36.55 Teekay Track Club, Long Beach, CA 1997
4X400 Relay 3:44.26 United Stars Track Club, Philadelphia, PA 2000
4X800 Relay 9:12.22 Bruin T.C., Orem, UT 2003
Medley Relay 3:56.40 Zodiacs T.C., New York City, NY 1996
High Jump 6? 3? Lisa Bernhagen, Hailey, ID 1984
Long Jump 20? 5? Brittany Daniels, Tracy, CA 2005
Triple Jump 43? 5? Brittany Daniels, Tracy, CA 2005
Shot Put 51? 5 ¾" Collinous Newsome, Denver, CO 1994
Pole Vault 13? 1? Shade Weygandt, Mansfield, TX 2008
Weight Throw 60? 5? Shelby Ashe, Marietta, GA 2010


200 M Men 22.04 CJ Crow, Denver, CO 2008
200 M Men 40+ 23.48 Raphael August, Colorado Springs, CO 2002
200 M Women 24.84 Jackie Poulson, Pocatello, ID 2004
1600 M Men 4:09.02 Elvis Terry, Pocatello, ID 1999
1600 M Men 40+ 4:26.87 Jay Woods, Lehi, UT 1998
1600 M W 4:53.94 Nicole Burke, Salt Lake City, UT 1992
1600 M W 40+ 5:08.97 Becky Sondag, Casper, WY 2010

Legend: At the Time Set - @ National Record, #Age Group National Record

Media Coverage

Full event results, news updates, photos and more information can be found at News and highlights on Simplot Games are available on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. Additional Simplot Games news, results, statistics, and photos, as well as high school track and field news, are online at ESPN Rise DyeStat at


  1. ^ "Our Story". Simplot Games. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Simplot Games Records". Simplot Games. Retrieved 2017.

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