HELENA — With basketball in Kamden Hilborn’s future, the Helena High senior is making the most of her final month of prep track and field.
Hilborn, who officially signed with Montana State basketball on Friday, won three events, the 100-meter hurdles, long jump and the pole vault, to lead the Helena High girls to the team victory at Saturday’s quad meet between the Bengals, Great Falls CMR, Belgrade and Manhattan. Hilborn cleared 12 feet in the pole vault, setting a new personal best in the event.
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Hilborn’s 16.21 in the 100 hurdles didn’t match her season-best, but was good enough to take the top spot on the podium. She also soared 16 feet, 1 1/2 inches in the long jump for her third win of the day. Her teammate Bailey Root finished runner-up in the long jump competition.
Helena’s Katelyn McKay added a win in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:30.89, and also placed third in the 3,200. Seeley Garrett won the triple jump at 34-02.
The Great Falls CMR girls swept the throwing events, with Gabriella Hagen winning the javelin and discus. Hagen, who signed a letter of intent with the Carroll College track and field program on Friday, hit personal bests in each event, winning the discus with a toss of 121-06 and the javelin with a throw of 110-08.
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Kaylee Beer won the shot put competition for the Rustlers, also setting a personal best with a heave of 35-06 3/4. Beer’s shot put and Hagen’s discus throw were each State AA qualifying marks. CMR’s Breanna Johns-Oster finished runner-up in the shot put, as the Rustlers took the top three spots on the podium.
The CMR boys held off the Helena boys for the team title, with sprinter Damien Nelson continuing his fine season. Nelson clocked a 10.71 in the 100-meter dash, his second-fastest time this season. The defending sprints champion’s PR of 10.63 came at Vigilante Stadium in late April at the Skor DeKam Invite.
Nelson’s CMR teammate Taylor Ray won the 200 and 400, posting times of 23.66 and 52.32, respectively. Each time was a personal best for the senior. Braden Stremcha added a pair of victories in the 800 and 1,600, while Gordon Gentry won the 3,200-meter run for the Rustlers.
Helena High was paced by Aidan Brus’ wins in the hurdle races, while Holden Sampson and Gabe Dalbec added wins in the shot put and javelin. Caleb Ferguson won the pole vault and placed second in the triple jump.
Belgrade’s Dawson Fowler, a University of Providence basketball commit, won the triple jump.
Team scores and complete results can be found below.
Boys team scores
1. Charles M Russell(Gr… 112
2. Helena 89.75
3. Belgrade 32.5
4. Manhattan 29.75
Girls team scores
1. Helena 93
2. Charles M Russell(Gr… 63.5
3. Belgrade 56.5
4. Manhattan 49