Class C has already kicked off its district track meets, and Class B will do the same beginning on Friday with the 4B and 5B district meets. Districts 6B and 7B do not hold district track meets.
Below are quick breakdowns highlighting some of the biggest storylines from each Class B district meet around the state.
District 1B, May 12 in Great Falls
• Fairfield will look to run away with the District 1B team title. The Eagles’ Dawson Allen ranks No. 4 in Class B in the 100-meter dash, No. 5 in the 200-meter dash, No. 1 in the 110-meter hurdles, and No. 4 in the 300-meter hurdles.
• Cut Bank junior Kamdyn Molenda currently sits No. 6 in Class B in the 100 and No. 7 in the 400-meter dash. Teammate Dakota Manecke is in a tie for second in the Class B pole vault at 9 feet, 6 inches.
District 2B, May 12 in Glasgow
• Glasgow has a pair of runners in the 3,200-meter run ranked in the top three of Class B. Sophomore Wilson Overby is currently second, while junior Ellis McKean sits in third.
• Glasgow’s Emily Kolstad, who finished second at the North/East Top 10 in the 400, currently leads Class B in the event with a time of 59.7 seconds. Glasgow’s 1,600-meter relay team ranks second in Class B behind Bigfork.
District 3B, May 12 in Baker
• Forsyth’s boys team is the heavy favorite, led by Cade and Paul Johnstone. Cade currently owns the No. 2 time in Class B in the 100 and the top time in both the 200 and 400. Paul sits No. 3 in the 200, and he owns Class B bests in the 800-meter run, the long jump, and the triple jump. Paul’s long jump of 22-06 is the best in Montana this season.
• Baker’s Wrenzi Wrzesinski has been a one-woman show over the past few seasons. At the Class B state track and field meet last year Wrzesinski won the 100, 100-meter hurdles, and the 300-meter hurdles, while also placing second in the 200. This season, Wrzesinski owns the top time in Class B in both hurdle races and is in the top 10 in the 100, 200, and 400. She is also No. 2 in the long jump.
District 4B, May 11 in Laurel
• The Huntley Project boys team has some of the best sprinters in the state. Austin Hernandez, Lane Sumner, and Mitchell Burns all rank inside the top 10 in the 100 and 200. Hernandez is No. 2 in Class B in the 100 and No. 4 in the 200. Sumner is No. 6 in the 100 and No. 8 in the 200, while the freshman Burns is No. 10 in the 100 and No. 6 in the 200. Joliet’s Brett Robinson owns Class B’s best pole vault, while teammate Ry Olson ranks second in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump.
• Shepherd sprinter Maddisen Marema is currently tied for the lead in Class B in the 100 with a time of 12.87. Joliet jumper Kallie Zinne is No. 3 in the long jump and also owns the best high jump in Class B at 5 feet, 3 inches. Roundup pole vaulter Selina Angel leads Class B with a vault of 10-06. Huntley Project’s Emily Poole is the Class B leader in the discus and javelin and is No. 3 in the shot put.
District 5B, May 11 in Belgrade
• Jefferson sophomore Avery Stiles has his sights set on the Class B high jump record of 6-09. Stiles, coming off ACL surgery, leads Class B with a leap of 6-07. Big Timber’s Casey Gunlikson, who had a phenomenal meet at the Midland Roundtable Top 10, has posted some blazing times this season. His 100 time of 10.89 leads Class B. He’s second in the 200 and owns the top 300 hurdles time in the classification.
• A pair of Manhattan distance runners look set to lead the Tigers this weekend. Seniors Hannah Madsen and Hanna Boyd rank Nos. 2 and 3 in the Class B 3,200-meter run. Three Forks’ Morgan Allen, who finished second in the high jump at last year’s state meet, is No. 2 in Class B in high jump this season with a leap of 5-01. Teammate Sinclair Oliver is the only girl in Class B to surpass the 17-foot mark in the long jump. She currently leads Class B by more than one foot.