BILLINGS — Track and field season is off and running. That’s literally the case for Big Timber’s Casey Gunlikson.
Gunlikson won his first 100-meter race of the year at Billings West Tuesday, crossing the line in 11.18 seconds, easily qualifying for May’s State B meet already. It was a better mark than even the defending champ expected out of the gate, but he knows he has lots of work to do still.
“First meet, I wasn’t really anticipating a high time — 11.18 is actually higher than I thought,” Gunlikson said. “We set goals and I wanted to be 11.2, and I got that. If you pre-qualify, it’s almost like a huge weight off your shoulders, but you can’t run this and then take a huge leap to state and not do anything in between that time. You’ve got to keep working at it.”
Gunlikson won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 300-meter hurdles at the State B meet last May. He will also run both relays for Big Timber this year.