POCATELLO, Idaho -- Six Montanans, including three from Helena, finished on the podium at the prestigious Simplot Games on Saturday.
The Simplot Games, hosted annually at Idaho State University, is a premier high school indoor track and field meet.
Trey Tintinger was Montana's highest placer, finishing second in the high jump with a height of 6 feet, 10.75 inches. Tintinger, who is the Montana high school state record holder after clearing 7-01.5 at the 2017 Class AA state meet, flew into Idaho from Ohio, where he is currently attending the SPIRE Institute. He won the SPIRE Scholastic Showcase with a jump of 6-08 last week. Tintinger won back-to-back state high jump titles his freshman and sophomore seasons at Helena High, but he didn't compete at the 2019 state meet.
Tyler Schmautz added a third-place finish in the boys 800-meter run. A senior at Frenchtown, Schmautz crossed the line in 1 minute, 56.43 seconds. Schmautz placed second in both the 800 and 1,600 at the 2019 Class A state track and field meet. He also finished third at last fall's state cross country meet.
Kyzer Bair, a senior at Dillon, cleared 14-06 to place fifth in the boys pole vault. Bair finished third at the 2019 Class A state meet, clearing 13-06.
A trio of Montana distance runners also performed well. Helena High sophomores Odessa Zentz and Kylie Hartnett finished sixth in the girls 800- and 1,600-meter runs, respectively, and Bozeman senior Alex Moore placed sixth in the girls 3,200-meter run.
Zentz, who posted a time of 2:21.18 at the Games, won both the 400- and 800-meter runs as a freshman at the 2019 Class AA state track and field meet.
Hartnett crossed the line in 5:14.02 on Saturday, adding to an already impressive career. She was third in the 1,600 and second in the 3,200 at the 2019 state track and field meet and won the state cross country title last fall, helping her earn Gatorade Montana girls cross country runner of the year.
Moore, who finished the 3,200 in 11:34.59 on Saturday, placed fourth in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at the 2019 state track and field meet.