Ever wanted an autographed photo of one of Montana’s all-time record-breaking prep runners?
Now’s your chance.
Bigfork High School junior and State B champion of champions Makena Morley is raising money through technology and grass roots to help her reach the New Balance Outdoor High School Track & Field Nationals meet in Greensboro, North Carolina in mid June. And any donors of $25 or more through the fundraising website IndieGoGo.com receive a Morley original complete with signature.
Missoula Hellgate senior Chris Herrick took his lead, a few stride’s worth already, before the group of runners had even exited the first turn in the 1,600-meter run Thursday at Missoula’s Greg Rice track and field city meet. Four minutes and change later, he finish a full 100 meters ahead of the nearest competitor.
It’s safe to say the University of Colorado-bound distance runner is experiencing no ill effects from the injury that took away the most meaningful section of his final high school cross country season.
This Knight is all healed up and hoping to make up for lost time.
The Montana state track meets are only three weeks away, so let’s refresh our memories on how those top athletes find their ways to the entrants table.
Along with qualifying through divisional meets pre-state, athletes from Class AA and A can book their trip by hitting certain qualifying standards at a regular season meet or even at their respective divisional.
Here’s a look at the qualifying standards per MHSA.com:
Missoula Big Sky sprinter Alex Mustard entered the 2014 track season with high expectations after a couple silver finishes from last spring.
But in mid-March, doubled over in pain in a Billings hotel room, his mind was a long way from this year’s State AA meet.
Mustard missed the beginning of this season’s competition after an emergency appendectomy last month. The senior Eagle is getting stronger by the day, though, inching closer to joining his teammates back on the track.
After a week of 50- and 60-degree weather throughout Montana, Saturday’s storms struck with vengeance leading to a slew of spring sporting event cancellations across the state.
The following is a (growing) list of athletic endeavors with western Montana interest that were called off or shortened because of snow, rain, cold or some combination thereof:
UPDATED: The Billings area schools are killing it in the online voting. Central-Laurel leads the way with Senior-West hot on its heels through the first week of voting and Malta-Glasgow coming in third.
You can vote daily by following this link. But remember, you must register to have your vote count. Go ahead, go!
Rivalries are what makes sports fun — well, that and maybe winning — but which schools in Montana have the state’s best sporting rivalry?
Well, that’s up to you. The Missoulian newspaper, in conjunction with Lee Enterprises and the Wisconsin State Journal, want you to get out there and vote! Cast your ballot for Montana’s best high school sports rivalry (sorry — no Griz or Cats allowed) by clicking here and supporting rivals and those teams you love to hate.
Is it Sentinel-Hellgate? How bout Loyola-Florence? Whitefish-Columbia Falls or Arlee-Charlo? Maybe Hamilton-Stevensville-Corvallis? Or Thompson Falls-Plains?
We’ll be back with updates and results as the competition goes along.
And don’t forget, you have to vote to have your thoughts count. We appreciate your comments below but they might as well be yelled from a moving car window.
i.e. they don’t count
I might have said the 2013 State AA and B track and field championships were the best ever even before all the all-class marks — the weather was so much nicer than at the last several state track meets, I was already pretty jacked.
Then Sentinel’s Liz Harper and Helena freshman Carly Smiedela ran a highlight-reel girls’ 400 at Van Winkle Stadium in Bozeman, complete with a train-wreck finish. Both crashed to the track and Harper was awarded the win by .006 of a second. And things started getting better and better. Continue reading
Montana high school track and field leaders, plus class leaders, compiled from daily newspapers through May 11 by Fritz Neighbor of the Missoulian. Times for races of 400 meters or less are in hundredths, where known; times for longer races are rounded up to the nearest tenth. Some are hand-timed, and marks may be wind-aided (All-class records are in parentheses). Additions or subtractions should go to email@example.com. You can also reach Fritz at 523-5247. The Missoulian sports fax is 523-5226. Continue reading
Montana high school track and field leaders, plus class leaders, compiled from daily newspapers through May 14 by Fritz Neighbor of the Missoulian. Times for races of 400 meters or less are in hundredths, where known; times for longer races are rounded up to the nearest tenth. Some are hand-timed, and marks may be wind-aided (All-class records are in parentheses). Additions or subtractions should go to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach Fritz at 523-5247. The Missoulian sports fax is 523-5226. Continue reading
Here is the most recent list of Montana prep track and field leaders, updated through Wednesday, May 7, by the Missoulian’s Fritz Neighbor. Continue reading