LAUREL – They don’t make too many sprinters like Ty Morgan.
The Ennis senior, who ran the anchor leg on the Mustangs’ state champion 400-meter relay team, won two throwing titles at the Class C state track and field meet at the Laurel Sports Complex. In fact, Morgan claimed his shot put crown just minutes before bolting to the track to join his Ennis teammates.
“It’s kind of a breath of fresh air almost (to run on the relay team),” Morgan said. “Shot put is kind of the event I’ve been working on forever, try to make everything right. There’s more to critique there – just try to hit all the little stuff. When it comes over to (the track), just relax and run.”
Morgan’s performance helped Ennis to its third consecutive Class C state title, despite the Mustangs’ losing Wade Luly and Cleet Wrzesinski off last year’s team. Luly transferred to Shelby and earned two medals – second in the 400-meter run and third in the 800 – at the Class B state meet. Wrzesinski medaled in seven events for Baker at the State B meet, earning wins in the 200-meter dash, 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and long jump.
“We all just went out and did our best,” Morgan said of this year’s Mustangs team. “And it worked out.”
Morgan recorded a personal-best mark of 55 feet, 9.25 inches in the shot put to win his second straight title in the event. He also won his second straight discus title, throwing 154-09 last week at Laurel.
The Mustangs got another 24 points from Corbin Wood, who placed second in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes behind Mark Estes of Drummond.
Drummond’s Mark Estes wins three state titles just eight months after tearing ACL
Estes was a three-event winner at Laurel, claiming titles in the 100, 200 and 400 to score all 30 of Drummonds points. Just eight months ago Estes wasn’t too confident he would even be running at the Class C state track and field meet.
The junior tore his ACL during football season and underwent surgery in September, but he was back on the track in time for the Trojans’ first meet of the season this spring. Two months later, Estes wasn’t only on the track – he was pulling away for three state championships.
“It was pretty dark the first two months, probably, after surgery,” Estes said after winning the 400 on Friday. “(Recovery was) pretty hard, you can barely move, can’t do anything. It’s just not how I am. Then kind of got better, kind of got to start doing more things, so I got my energy level up. Worked out pretty hard about the five-month mark, and I think that really paid off. It feels good to be a state champion now. It wasn’t doubtful; it was just super stressful after I tore my ACL.”
Alex Bohlman of Seeley-Swan gets first individual state championship
Alex Bohlman was hoping to get the Class C javelin record at the state meet at Laurel.
The Seeley-Swan senior came up just short in that chase, but she did accomplish something she had yet to achieve during her illustrious high school track and field career: Bohlman earned her first individual state championship, throwing 139-08 to take top honors in the javelin.
Entering the 2017 meet, Bohlman had won 15 state medals but had only tasted victory in the relay races. She had three firsts in the 1,600-meter relay and one in the 400-meter relay to go along with three third-place finishes, three fourth-place finishes, four fifths and one sixth.
In addition to the javelin championship, Bohlman added four more medals to her collection last weekend, placing in the 100 and 200 and running on both of Seeley-Swan’s relay teams. Her 20 career medals tie her for ninth on the Montana High School Association’s list for most career state medals.