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Casey Gunlikson, Lauren Heggen highlight returning state track champions

Posted at 3:18 PM, Mar 20, 2019
Missoula Sentinel’s Lauren Heggen won the girls 100 meter hurdles at the Russ Pilcher Top 10 Meet (MTN Sports photo).

The 2019 track and field season is scheduled to get under way Saturday, and fans will recognize several names as 2018 state champions. Athletes such as Casey Gunlikson and Lauren Heggen return to defend multiple titles, though new names will likely emerge throughout the season.

New champions will be crowned at the end of May in the boys 400-meter dash and pole vault, the only two events without a returning champion as outgoing seniors claimed the 2018 titles. The State AA and B meets will be held at Kalispell May 24-25, while Laurel will host the State A and C meets the same days. To view the state qualifying standards for each class, please click here.

Kalispell Glacier, Corvallis, Forsyth and Ennis are the defending boys team champions. Ennis is seeking its fifth consecutive State C title.

Missoula Sentinel, Dillon, Bigfork and Manhattan Christian are defending girls team champions. Sentinel and Bigfork are each chasing a third consecutive state title.

Returning 2018 state champions are listed below. If you notice an error or omission, please email sports@ktvh.com

Boys

Team

AA – Kalispell Glacier
A – Corvallis
B – Forsyth
C – Ennis (4th consecutive)

100

A – Keith Vanderlaan, Miles City, 10.97
B – Casey Gunlikson, Big Timber, 11.09

200

A – Keith Vanderlaan, Miles City, 22.36
B – Casey Gunlikson, Big Timber, 22.40

400

None

800

A – Quinn Stewart, Polson, 1:59.39

1,600

A – Levi Taylor, Laurel, 4:26.57
B – Bryce Love, Manhattan, 4:31.56

3,200

AA – Ben Perrin, Kalispell Flathead, 9:08.38
A – Levi Taylor, Laurel, 9:43.80
B – Zak Meeker, Manhattan, 10:00.86
C – Riley Schott, Manhattan Christian, 10:07.07

110 hurdles

B – Bradley Graves, Huntley Project, 14.64
C – Benjamin Tuinstra, Valley Christian, 15.54

300 hurdles

B – Casey Gunlikson, Big Timber, 38.85
C – Cody Welsh, Turner, 40.87

400 relay

AA – Kalispell Glacier, 41.68
A – Miles City, 42.72
B – Huntley Project, 43.35
C – Seeley-Swan, 44.24

1,600 relay

AA – Billings West, 3:22.08
A – Livingston, 3:24.43
B – Forsyth, 3:26.80
C – Seeley-Swan, 3:29.92

Long jump

B – Ry Olson, Joliet, 22-01

Triple jump

A – Zane Johnson, Dillon, 44-04 ¾
C – Levi Brubaker, Noxon, 44-03

High jump

AA – Trey Tintinger, Helena, 6-09
B – Avery Stiles, Jefferson, 6-06

Pole vault

None

Shot put

A – Carter Hughes, Sidney, 55-06 ½
C – Noah Ambuehl, Great Falls Central, 49-08 ¼

Discus

A – Carter Hughes, Sidney, 174-01

Javelin

AA – Evan Todd, Kalispell Glacier, 184-01

Girls

Team

AA – Missoula Sentinel (2nd consecutive)
A – Dillon
B – Bigfork (2nd consecutive)
C – Manhattan Christian

100

B – Maddisen Marema, Shepherd, 12.76
C – Zoe Delaney, Winnett-Grass Range, 12.70

200

A – Tylia DeJohn, Dillon, 26.05

400

A – Lauren Schulz, Whitefish, 59.44
C – Zoe Delaney, Winnett-Grass Range, 57.88

800

A – Heather Baker, Miles City, 2:21.89

1,600

A – Bea Frissell, Polson, 5:09.79
C – Averi Parker, West Yellowstone, 5:30.80

3,200

A – Bea Frissell, Polson, 11:23.92
C – Averi Parker, West Yellowstone, 12:01.72

100 hurdles

AA – Lauren Heggen, Missoula Sentinel, 14.66
B – Wrenzi Wrzesinski, Baker, 15.40

300 hurdles

AA – Tavy Findon, Billings Senior, 44.20
A – McKenna Friend, Miles City, 47.22
B – Wrenzi Wrzesinski, Baker, 45.84
C – Casey Ehmann, Darby, 46.46

400 relay

AA – Billings West, 47.56
A – Dillon, 48.86
B – Bigfork, 50.26
C – Fort Benton, 50.21

1,600 relay

AA – Billings Senior, 4:00.60
A – Whitefish, 4:04.33
B – Bigfork, 4:01.89
C – Fort Benton, 4:08.59

Long jump

AA – Delaney Bahn, Bozeman, 18-10 ½
A – Lindsay McGree, Butte Central, 17-03 ¾

Triple jump

AA – Lauren Heggen, Missoula Sentinel, 39-07
B – Kendall Lynn, Three Forks, 34-10

High jump

AA – Shelby Schweyen, Missoula Sentinel, 5-07
C – Brenna Osksa, Plentywood, 5-04

Pole vault

B – Kamryn Scully, Deer Lodge, 10-00
C – Terra Bertsch, Seeley-Swan, 9-06

Shot put

A – Anna Zimmer, Lewistown, 43-01 ¼

Discus

A – Calla Haldorson, Corvallis, 143-10
B – Emily Poole, Huntley Project, 118-09
C – Klaire Kovatch, Seeley-Swan, 135-03

Javelin

A – Angellica Street, Columbia Falls, 147-07
B – Emily Poole, Huntley Project, 133-06