KALISPELL — The Archie Roe Invitational showed why it’s one of the prestigious track and field meets of the season on Saturday, with Kalispell Glacier’s Annie Hill and Missoula Hellgate’s Will Dauenhauer both setting state-best marks in the 800-meter run this season.
Hill ran a 2:11.39, pulling away from Bigfork’s Bryn Morley in the two-lap race for a four-second win. Morley’s time of 2:15.81 is a season best and now ranks No. 2 in the state this spring. Missoula Hellgate’s Elise Stearns finished third in the race, posting a personal-best time of 2:20.32, good for No. 7 in the state this season.
Hill also ran a season-best 59.07 in the 400 on Saturday, second to Westby-Grenora senior sensation Kinley Peterson’s 58.82 from earlier in the week.
Dauenhauer blazed the Legends Stadium track in 1:57.20, a new season-best time, holding off Glacier’s Elijah Boyd, who crossed the finish line in 1:58.02. The times are the two fastest in Montana this season. Glacier’s Joseph Vanden Bos was third in the 800 Saturday, running a 1:59.65, a personal best. The time ranks sixth in the state and fifth in Class AA.
Kalispell Flathead’s Ben Perrin set a new personal best in the 1,600-meter run, his 4:18.81 winning the race. Perrin now ranks No. 3 in the state this spring behind Bozeman’s Duncan Hamilton (4:15.51) and Hellgate’s Isaac Schmidt (4:18.02).
Other high-ranking marks from the Archie Roe include Glacier sprinter Ethan Larson’s 51.01 in the 400, a state-qualifying standard. Larson also won the 100 in 10.98, but missed his season-best time of 10.82 set at the Whitefish ARM Invite in late April. Larson ran the anchor leg on Glacier’s winning 4×100-meter relay, the 42.43 the new top time in the state.
Flathead’s Rineharts, sophomore Camas and senior Dawson, set new season-best times in the 300-meter hurdles. Camas hit a personal best mark of 40.46, while Dawson’s 40.51 was his fastest time of the season. The Rineharts’ times were good for Nos. 5 and No. 6 in the state. Flathead’s Chad Hemsley won Saturday’s hurdles race in a time of 39.48. Hemsley ranks No. 2 in the state with his 39.31 from the Skor DeKam last weekend.
The Rineharts and Hemsley joined Trae Vasquez in winning the long relay in 3:26.28, the second-fastest time behind Billings West this spring.
Hellgate’s Ella Degrandpre won the girls 3,200-meter run in 11:14.95, her fastest time this season, moving to No. 7 in the state in the longest race offered. She also won the 1,600 Saturday, posting a time of 5:14.42, which is the No. 10 time this spring.
The girls hurdles saw Glacier teammates Faith Brennan and Adrian Schnee cross the finish line first. Brennan’s 15.63 in the 100-meter hurdles moved her to No. 9 in the state, while Schnee’s 46.62 in the 300 hurdles moved her to No. 7 overall. Each was a personal best for the Wolfpack duo. Brennan also won the triple jump with a new PR of 35 feet, 5 inches.
Class B Bigfork, led by Morley and sprinting standout Haile Norred, now owns Montana’s fastest 4×400-meter relay time of the season. Jordan Nelson and Shae Anderson ran the other two legs on the relay, which finished in 4:03.7, nearly three seconds faster than the next best time this spring.
Complete results from Saturday’s Archie Roe Invite can be found below.