CHOTEAU — Fairfield’s boys sprinters were on full display Saturday afternoon at the Choteau Acantha Invitational track and field meet to lead the Eagles to the team title, while the girls team was nipped at the finish line by Havre.
Dawson Allen won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes for Fairfield, running a blistering 11.27 seconds in the 100. It’s Montana’s third-ranked time, but it’s also Class B’s third-ranked time. Allen won the 200 in 23.64.
Depth in the sprints is what sets the Eagles apart, though. Ryder Meyer and Libien Becker finished second and third in the 100, running 11.34 and 11.98, respectively. The depth is most apparent in the 400-meter relay, which Fairfield won in 44.81, Class B’s second-fastest time this season. The Eagles also won the 1,600-meter relay, crossing in 3 minutes, 40.08 seconds.
Fairfield also got wins in the 800 from Clay Paddock, Levi Gibson in the pole vault and Keeley Bake in the long jump. The Eagles finished with 109 points. Second-place Jefferson had 82.
Defending State B high jump champion Avery Stiles of Jefferson won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 8 inches, tying Montana’s best mark to date.
Havre’s girls didn’t cruise to victory the way Fairfield’s boys did. Rather, the Blue Ponies’ team victory wasn’t decided until the day’s final race. Trailing Fairfield 75-72, Havre won the 1,600-meter relay and Fairfield placed third, giving the Blue Ponies the title by a single point, 82-81.
Havre’s strength on the track propelled it to the title. Loy Waid and Jessalyn Chvilicek finished 2-3 in the 100, Katie Wirtzberger won the 200, Sadie Filius won the 300 hurdles and the Blue Ponies won both relay races.
Chester-Joplin-Inverness freshman Tatum Hull won the 100 hurdles in 16.46, won the long jump with a leap of 16-07.75 and placed sixth in the 100.
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