BUTTE – The Billings West boys came into the weekend looking to repeat as the Double A track and field state champions and they would have to wait until the bitter end for that dream to become reality.
Billings Senior’s Dawson LaRance cruised to victory in the 1600 but his Bronc’s came up just short…by a measley two points. A point behind Senior, is where Helena High settled in. The Bengals were led by Derrick Olson, who took home individual titles in the 300 and 110 hurdles. Those amazing efforts had the West High Golden Bears sweating at the finish, but they did just enough early in the day to capture their second consecutive team title.
The Golden Bears also reigned supreme on the girls side last season, and Maddie Brockel did all she could to keep them there by winning the 200 meter dash.
It was not enough though as Missoula Sentinel’s Ashley McElmurry stole the spotlight and carried the Spartans to the team victory. The sophomore set the All-Class state record in the triple jump, sailing 38 feet and 7.75 inches as Sentinel dethroned the lady Golden Bears.
In Class B, the Wrzesinski siblings from Baker put on an absolute show. Cleet took home four individual state titles, including the 110 and 300 hurdles, along with the 200 meter dash. His sister did just as well. She captured the 100 and 300 hurdle crowns, while also taking home gold in the 100 meter dash.
The only individual to beat Cleet was Huntley Project’s Lane Sumner. Sumner crossed the line first in the 100 dash.
Speaking of Red Devils, Hailey Poole entered the weekend as the favorite in the javelin and that’s exactly how she left. Poole launched a throw of 147 feet 05 inches to take home her second state title of weekend.