BILLINGS – The Class AA boys high jump is shaping up to be one of the events of the year to watch.
Billings Skyview junior Julius Mims cleared 6 feet, 10 inches Saturday on his home track, a new PR, at the 4B’s meet featuring Billings Skyview, Billings West, Billings Senior and Bozeman. Mims’ PR coming into the season was 6-07, set at the 2018 State AA meet that he took second at behind Helena High’s Trey Tintinger, who captured his second straight state title with a 6-09 jump. Tintinger owns Montana’s all-class record of 7-01.5 that he set as a freshman at the 2017 State AA meet.
Mims set a new PR of 6-08 in the 2019 season opener last week before breaking it again Saturday.
Billings West won the boys team title with 92 points, easily beating second-place Bozeman with 72. West won five of 10 track events, and Jaden Bienvenue and Carter Slade went 1-2 in the shot put and discus for 20 total points. Bienvenue won the shot put, while Slade won the discus.
The teams were flipped in the girls race. Bozeman took first with 94 points, followed by West at 75. Bozeman also won five of the 10 track events, plus two field events, including Delaney Bahn clearing 5-05 in the high jump, tying Glendive’s Karsen Murphy for Montana’s best to date. Bahn is among the State AA favorites in the event after finishing second at last year’s state meet.