FRENCHTOWN — The Eureka boys track and field team just edged out Missoula Loyola for the Western B divisional track and field title, while the Bigfork girls were dominant in their Western B title run.
Eureka scored 122 points, which was just enough to scoot past Missoula Loyola’s 115. Chet McCully posted wins in the 110-meter hurdles in 15.58 seconds and the 300-meter hurdles in 41.26. McCully also ran on both the 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams that placed fourth for the Lions. McCully won the pole vault yesterday, too.
Eureka also cleaned up in the 800-meter run. Cory Chaney took first with a time of 2 minutes, 6.68 seconds, and teammates Alex Lowe and Hunter Carvey placed third and fifth. Garrett Graves placed second for Eureka in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.73.
The Bigfork girls ran away with the Western B title, scoring 187 points, while second-place Deer Lodge notched 101.5.
The Valkyries continued their dominance on the track, where they took the top five places in the 100-meter dash, and three of the top four in the 200-meter dash. Haile Norred claimed victories in both, posting times of 13.05 and 26.25. Teammate Jordan Nelson finished runner-up in both sprints, while freshman Audrey Buenz finished fourth in each.
Bryn Morley continued her run at the record books. In the 1,600, which Morley leads Class B in substantially, she crossed the line in 4:50.00, well ahead of second-place finisher and teammate Anya Young’s 5:22.94. Morley was also a member of the Valkyries’ winning 1,600-meter relay team, which crossed in 4:02.35. Bigfork has the No. 1 time in Class B in the event, and their time on Friday broke the Western B divisional meet record.
Both Western C team races were tight throughout. Seeley-Swan’s boys scored 74 points to narrowly defeat runner-up Manhattan Christian (66) and third-place Ennis (62). Manhattan Christian’s girls would score 88 points, just four more than second-place Charlo.
Seeley-Swan survived the efforts of Corbin and Tanner Wood, who finished 1-2 in the 200-meter dash and first and third in the 100-meter dash. The Blackhawks used their depth on the track to hold off the Eagles and Mustangs.
Logan Robinson finished fourth in the 100, third in the 200, and ran on both first-place relay teams for Seeley-Swan. Fresh off his victory in the 1,600 yesterday, Logan Maughan won the 800 in 2:01.77, and finished third in the 400 in 52.76. Teammate Hunter Shelmerdine finished second in the 400, behind only Corbin Wood, in 51.69.
Corbin Wood’s prelim time in the 100 of 10.98 is the only sub-11 second time in Class C this season. His 22.58 in the 200 prelims is also the top time in Class C.
Manhattan Christian’s girls used their dominance on the track to claim the Western C title. Alex Veltkamp looks primed to defend her state titles, as she won the 200 in 26.25, the 400 in 59.06, and the 800 in 2:27.88. Veltkamp also won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 9 1/2 inches, a Class C best.
Faith Shepard claimed first in the 100 with a time of 13.13. Shelby Walls posted fourth-place finishes in both the 1,600 and 3,200, also.
The Eagles trailed Charlo 84-78 entering the 1,600-meter relay, the meet’s final event. Manhattan Christian won in 4:14.16, while Charlo finished seventh, ultimately giving the team title to the Eagles.
Charlo’s Tyrah Hammond and Carlee Fryberger each had successful divisional meets. Hammond finished second in the 100 and 200, fourth in the 400, won the pole vault, and ran on Charlo’s second-place 400-meter relay team. Fryberger, a freshman, finished third in the triple jump, third in the 100 and 200, fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, and also ran on Charlo’s 400-meter relay team.
For full results of the Western B/C divisional meet click here.