High School Sports


Townsend’s Kameron Rauser shines, Three Forks and Fort Benton girls impress at Helena Small Schools Meet

Posted at 9:45 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 14:03:39-04

(Editor’s note: Results during the meet showed a three-way tie for first place in the boys long jump, mentioned in the video, but official results correctly display Helena Capital’s Shane Haller winning the event.)

HELENA — Kameron Rauser won the 100- and 200-meter dashes after previously winning the first event, the 110-meter high hurdles, at the Helena Small Schools Meet on Thursday afternoon at Vigilante Stadium. Rauser helped pace the Townsend Bulldogs to a third-place finish in the boys team standings.

Rauser paced the 100-meter dash field with a time of 11.62 seconds, beating Helena Capital’s Shane Haller, who placed runner-up at 11.81. Rauser’s 23.55 in the 200 also edged Haller (23.74). The time was a season-best for Rauser, who is headed to Montana Western in Dillon to play football next fall.

Rauser’s winning time in the 110 hurdles was 15.86 seconds, while teammate Tyson Racht won the 300-meter hurdles in 43.71, a season-best. Racht also placed fifth in the 110s, while teammate Will Lane placed second behind Racht in the 300s.

Ty Henry Steele finished runner-up for Townsend in the 400, clocking a personal-best 52.53 seconds, while Louis Ingalls was second in the 1,600 and fourth in the 800, finishing in 4 minutes, 59.92 seconds, and 2:11.85, respectively. Fort Benton’s Damon Bird won both races as the Longhorns finished fourth in the team standings.

Damon Bird teamed with Billy Ullery, Devin Bird and Garett Diekhans to win the 1,600-meter relay for the Longhorns, while sophomore Nick Marais tied for second in both the high jump and the long jump, clearing 5-08 and reaching 19 feet, 4.5 inches.

Jefferson junior Coen Guisti also increased his Class B-best in the shot put, marking 47 feet, 4 inches to win the event.

Helena High edged Helena Capital by a point in the team standings, 157.48-156.48.

The Fort Benton girls won four events, with Nicole Axtman’s 32-10 taking the top honor in the triple jump. Teammate McKenzie Clark placed second after a personal-best 32-foot, 4-inch leap. Abby Clark won the high jump (4-11) and sophomore Allie Wallace won the 300-meter hurdles in 48.94 seconds, a personal-best time.

Axtman, Clark and Wallace were joined by Leah Gannon in winning the 400-meter relay in 52.47.

Three Forks freshman Keaton Lynn won the girls 400 (1:02.53) and senior Paeton Ohs won the javelin (109-00) to lead the Wolves to a third-place finish. Kyle Olson tied for second in the high jump (5-07), placed second in the 1,600 (5:34.20) and finished fourth in the 800 (2:30.52).

Helena High’s Odessa Zentz set a new personal-best time in the 1,600, clocking 5:24.29, while Kylie Hartnett won the 800 in 2:24.26.

Helena Capital won the girls meet behind Melissa Moreni’s 100-meter dash victory (13.46 seconds), Lindsey Ehlke’s 100-meter hurdles win (16.56) and Aryana Ridlon’s and Jaden Kalchbrenner’s finishes in the throwing events, where Ridlon won the shot put by three inches over Kalchbrenner. Kalchbrenner added a win in the discus.

Complete results can be found by clicking here.