PORTLAND, Ore. — Five Montanans and one Montana State Bobcat competed at the prestigious Portland Track Festival on Sunday, facing some of the top track and field competition in the country.
Middle distance standouts Annie Hill of Kalispell Glacier and Bryn Morley of Bigfork competed in the women’s 1,500 high performance, each fresh off competing at the 2018 Brooks PR Invitational, where Hill finished second and Morley third in the one mile invitational. The competition increased at Lewis & Clark College in the high performance section of the run, with Morley crossing 39th with a time of 4 minutes, 22.73 seconds. Hill was seven places back in 46th, after running a 4:26.80.
Stephanie Brown won the race in 4:06.71.
Diego Leon, who recently completed his senior season at Montana State, was on the track for the men’s 5,000-meter high performance. Leon placed 45th, crossing the finish line in 14:25.92. He earned a 19th-place finish at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, then placed 31st at the West Preliminary Round. He owns a collegiate career-best of 13:39.89 in the 5,000.
Eric Jenkins, running for the Nike Oregon Project, won Sunday’s 5,000 in 13:21.41.
Isaac Petsch, a Rocky Mountain College runner by way of Billings West, took the starting line for the men’s 1,500-meter high performance, posting a time of 3:51.51, good for 64th in the 85-athlete field. The mark was just shy of his personal best of 3:51.06. Petsch placed 10th at the NAIA National Championships last month.
Bozeman’s Terra Trom competed at the Portland Track Festival for the second straight day, placing 12th in the girls high school one mile run. Trom clocked a 5:15.13, while winner Allie Janke ran 4:51.32.
Fellow Bozeman Hawk Xander Danenhauer was 36th in the boys high school mile, finishing in 4:39.03.