LAUREL — Sidney’s Hughes brothers each claimed another state title on Friday afternoon at the State B track and field meet in Laurel — Garrison in the pole vault and Carter in the shot put.
The focus of the day was on Garrison in the pole vault. Hughes entered the meet holding the best vault in Montana history at 17 feet, but still needed to break the all-class state record of 16 feet, 4 inches, which can only be set at a state meet. Hughes entered the event at 15-06, and after clearing it on his first attempt was already the Class A state champion.
Hughes immediately pushed the bar to 16-05 in an attempt at a new state record. However, Hughes never got a clean attempt at the record height, missing on all three attempts.
“I’m glad I’m a three-time state champ. I really would have liked to have hit that bar again (Friday),” Hughes said, still upbeat. “I’m already looking ahead.”
“I came in at 15-06 and just won it, and that was kind of the main goal right there. There was no reason for me to jump to 16 because I already have the A record, so I might as well go for it all and go for that record, so that’s what my plan was (Friday). I just ran into some issues, I guess,” he added.
The crowd gave all the energy they could to Garrison, giving him the slow clap on all three attempts, led by his brother Carter.
It was Carter that started the morning with a state championship for the Hughes brothers. The favorite heading into the Class A boys shot put, Carter found himself in second place heading to the final throw of the competition.
Glendive’s Jayden Holley took the lead with the penultimate throw of the event with a toss of 53 feet, 5 3/4 inches, but Carter, too, got the slow clap from the crowd. Carter spun and let out a scream as he tossed the shot put 55-06 1/2 to win his second consecutive state championship in the event.
“Carter actually scared me a little earlier,” Garrison joked after his pole vault victory.
Carter will look to defend another state title Saturday in the discus.
Columbia Falls’ Angellica Street grabs Class A javelin record
The Class A girls javelin record fell on Friday afternoon as Columbia Falls sophomore Angellica Street won the state title with a throw of 147 feet, 7 inches. That was street’s second throw of the event, following up a first throw of just 119 feet.
“On my first throw I try to get it out of my way because that’s when all my nerves are there, and then for the second one I calm down,” Street said.
Street will take aim next season at the all-class state record currently held by Hailey Poole of Colstrip.
More State A notes
- The Miles City boys 400-meter relay team broke the Class A state record during the prelims on Friday afternoon, running 42.62 to break the old record of 42.74.
- Laurel’s Levi Taylor was in search of the Class A state record in the 1,600-meter run, but fell short on his way to a state championship time of 4 minutes, 26.57 seconds.
- Libby’s Gavin Strom won the Class A long jump title with a leap of 22-05 to edge Belgrade’s Dawson Fowler.
- Corvallis’ Ridge Albright won his second consecutive Class A state high jump title after clearing 6-04 on his final attempt.
- In the Class A girls 800, Frenchtown’s Natalie Yocum moved to the outside to pass Miles City’s Heather Baker down the stretch, but Yocum stumbled and fell about 20 meters from the finish line, allowing Baker to cross first.
- Polson’s Bea Frissell pulled away from Miles City’s Morgan Vosler over the final two laps to win the Class A girls 3,200-meter run in 11:23.92.
- Lewistown’s Marissa James was the only athlete to clear 5-04 in the Class A girls high jump, doing so on her final attempt at the height.
The State A track and field meet will conclude on Saturday afternoon in Laurel.