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State track bests (2014)

Montana high school track and field leaders, plus class leaders, compiled from daily newspapers through the end of the 2014 spring season 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.

(All-class records are in parentheses).

BOYS

100 (10.67)
Daum, Butte 10.66
David, Bozeman 10.93
Jones, Kalispell Glacier 10.93
Langston, Eureka 10.93
Mustard, Big Sky 10.95
Olson, Frenchtown 11.00
Opland, Troy 11.00
Noble, Broadus 11.03
Big Spring, Cut Bank 11.06
Kleinhans, Bozeman 11.06
Padden, Nashua 11.08
Paffhausen, Dillon 11.09
Foley, Whitefish 11.10
McCafferty, Belt 11.10
Olson, Great Falls 11.10
Grandchamp, Glasgow 11.11
Reneau, Sentinel 11.11
Carle, Billings Skyview 11.12
Epperly, Kalispell Glacier 11.13
C. Murnion, Jordan 11.14
AA – Daum, Butte. A – Olson, Frenchtown. B – Langston, Eureka. C – Noble, Broadus.

200 (21.06)
Daum, Butte 21.70
David, Bozeman 21.99
Reneau, Sentinel 22.05
Olson, Frenchtown 22.16
Kleinhans, Bozeman 22.20
Dolese, Hellgate 22.20
Epperly, Kalispell Glacier 22.22
Carle, Billings Skyview 22.29
Noble, Broadus 22.35
Sylvester, Corvallis 22.35
C. Murnion, Jordan 22.36
Laird, Billings West 22.39
Nickol, Helena Capital 22.39
Schafer, Billings Skyview 22.41
Butcher, Lewistown 22.42
Grandchamp, Glasgow 22.43
Taylor, Helena Capital 22.48
Hasselbrook, Loyola Sacred Heart 22.56
Mustard, Big Sky 22.57
Opland, Troy 22.57
AA – Daum, Butte. A – Olson, Frenchtown. B – Grandchamp, Glasgow. C – Noble, Broadus.

400 (47.09*)
Nickol, Helena Capital 48.21
Reneau, Sentinel 48.74
Dolese, Hellgate 49.11
Cochran, Helena 49.49
Epperly, Kalispell Glacier 49.55
Laird, Billings West 49.90
Butcher, Lewistown 50.04
Keena, Manhattan Christian 50.20
Lange, Big Sky 50.25
Opland, Troy 50.53
* – Set at English distance. AA – Nickol, Capital. A – Butcher, Lewistown. B – Opland, Troy. C – Keena, Manhattan Christian.

800 (1:51.84)
Barrows, Helena 1:54.3
DustyBull, Browning 1:55.1
Fisher, White Sulphur Springs 1:55.1
Purlee, Corvallis 1:55.2
Coon, Helena 1:55.5
Eastwood, Belgrade 1:55.6
Connell, Kalispell Glacier 1:56.0
Apedaile, Hamilton 1:56.1
H. May, Bozeman 1:56.1
McClain, Helena Capital 1:56.4
AA – Barrows, Helena. A – DustyBull, Browning. B – Hecker, Big Timber, 1:57.7. C – Fisher, White Sulphur Springs.

1,600 (4:13.3)
H. May, Bozeman 4:15.5
Herrick, Hellgate 4:23.1
Schmalz, Hamilton 4:24.4
Schutt, Kalispell Flathead 4:25.0
Connell, Kalispell Glacier 4:25.1
Torgerson, Great Falls 4:25.5
Petsch, Billings West 4:25.5
Barrett, Hellgate 4:26.0
Reed, Helena 4:26.5
Egeland, Billings Senior 4:28.5
AA – H. May, Bozeman. A – Schmalz, Hamilton. B – Morley, Bigfork, 4:31.7. C – Hyatt, Bainville, 4:31.9.

3,200 (9:12.38)
Herrick, Hellgate 9:21.8*
Reed, Helena 9:26.6*
Schmalz, Hamilton 9:30.9
H. May, Bozeman 9:35.1
Morley, Bigfork 9:45.2
Schutt, Kalispell Flathead 9:45.8
Martel, Bozeman 9:51.2
McCutcheon, Kalispell Glacier 9:52.1
Baker, Helena Capital 9:52.2
Holmes, Bozeman 9:52.4
Mogan, Laurel 9:53.5
Sandry, Kalispell Galcier 9:54.1
Alberton, Hamilton 9:55.3
*-run at sea level. AA – Herrick, Missoula Hellgate. A – Schmalz, Hamilton. B – Morley, Bigfork. C – Hyatt, Bainville, 10:05.9.

110 hurdles (14.21)
Lange, Big Sky 14.64
Paffhausen, Dillon 14.73
Trollope, Billings Skyview 14.84
Gonter, Kalispell Flathead 14.86
Hasselbrook, Loyola Sacred Heart 14.97
Grove, Whitefish 15.03
Kasten, Circle 15.03
Heidema, Manhattan Christian 15.12
Barta, Billings Skyview 15.20
Thomas, Kalispell Flathead 15.21
Gaughan, Billings Senior 15.25
Barrows, Helena 15.26
AA – Lange, Missoula Big Sky. A – Paffhausen, Dillon. B – Hasselbrook, Loyola. C – Kasten, Circle.

300 hurdles (37.66)
Dolese, Hellgate 38.07
Lange, Big Sky 38.46
Barrows, Helena 38.79
Paffhausen, Dillon 38.83
Pendergast, Stevensville 39.49
Trollope, Billings Skyview 39.50
Barta, Billings Skyview 40.00
Grove, Whitefish 40.16
Neth, Manhattan 40.17
Hasselbrook, Loyola Sacred Heart 40.27
AA – Dolese, Missoula Hellgate. A – Paffhausen, Dillon. B – Neth, Manhattan. C – Haugrose, Belt, 40.41.

400 relay (41.48)
Bozeman 42.45
Billings Skyview 43.00
Helena 43.03
Missoula Big Sky 43.07
Helena Capital 43.18
Butte 43.21
Missoula Sentinel 43.23
Glendive 43.31
Great Falls CMR 43.46
Loyola Sacred Heart 43.54
AA – Bozeman. A – Glendive. B – Missoula Loyola. C – Broadus 44.31.

1,600 relay (3:19.26)
Helena Capital 3:21.1
Helena 3:22.1
Kalispell Glacier 3:23.1
Missoula Big Sky 3:24.5
Missoula Sentinel 3:24.6
Billings West 3:25.7
Great Falls CMR 3:26.0
Butte 3:27.0
Hamilton 3:27.5
Stevensville 3:28.0
AA – Helena Capital. A – Hamilton. B – Manhattan 3:29.7. C – Belt 3:28.3.

Discus (193-7)
Douglass, Sentinel 181-11
Wham, Ennis 171-4
Dennehy, Kalispell Glacier 169-8
Miller, Huntley Project 168-7
Quesenberry, Billings West 167-6
McCracken, Kalispell Flathead 166-7
Babbitt, Hellgate 160-11
Sims, Corvallis 160-7
Yates, Colstrip 160-6
Nehring, Manhattan 160-4
AA – Douglass, Missoula Sentinel. A – Sims, Corvallis. B – Miller, Huntley Project. C – Wham, Ennis.

Javelin (213-4*)
Ogden, Kalispell Glacier 215-0
May, Whitefish 206-7
Hall, Choteau 202-0
Olson, Corvallis 189-8
Deshner, Sentinel 189-6
Marks, Belgrade 185-10
Nielsen, Billings Senior 183-8
Ogden, Kalispell Glacier 183-3
Entzel, Big Sky 181-10
Croff, Belt 180-11
* – Set with new javelin. Old javelin record is 249-7. AA – Ogden, Kalispell Glacier. A – May, Whitefish. B – Hall, Choteau. C – Croff, Belt.

Shot put (68- ½)
Emter, Livingston 59-3
Yates, Colstrip 57-11
Babbitt, Hellgate 56-3
Fisher, Baker 54-7
Quesenberry, Billings West 54-5
Douglass, Sentinel 54-4 ½
Fisher, Baker 53-4 ½
Miller, Huntley Project 53- ½
Hopf, Billings Skyview 52-3
Dawson, Great Falls CMR 52-2 ½
AA – Babbitt, Missoula Hellgate. A – Emter, Livingston. B – Yates, Colstrip. C – Manning, Culbertson, 51-4 ½.

High jump (7-1)
Quist, Kalispell Flathead 6-9
Gray, Hellgate 6-5
Hayes, Big Sky 6-5
Pederson, Helena 6-5
Fossum, Glasgow 6-4
Opland, Troy 6-4
Sandry, Bigfork 6-4
Schroedel, Power 6-4
Bakken, Wibaux 6-3
Cooper, Loyola Sacred Heart 6-3
Gonter, Kalispell Flathead 6-3
Kemmis, Billings Skyview 6-3
Manuel, Billings Skyview 6-3
Smith, Hellgate 6-3
AA – Quist, Flathead. A – Kohn, Hamilton, Spadt, Frenchtown, Nagler, Whitefish, and Stubbs, Belgrade, 6-2. B – Fossum, Glasgow, Opland, Troy, and Sandry, Bigfork. C – Schroedel, Power.

Long jump (23-8)
Beaman, Kalispell Flathead 21-9
Regan, Miles City 21-8 ½
White, Bililngs Senior 21-8 ½
Grandchamp, Glasgow 21-6 ½
Cook, Kalispell Glacier 21-6 ¼
Neth, Manhattan 21-5 ½
Scott, Troy 21-5 ½
Butcher, Lewistown 21-3 ¾
Nickol, Helena Capital 21-3 ½
Schwartz, Glendive 21-2 ¼
AA – Beaman, Flathead. A – Regan, Miles City. B – Grandchamp, Glasgow. C – Feisthamel, Savage, 21- ½.

Triple jump (48-9 ½)
Beaman, Kalispell Flathead 45-0
Westfall, Hamilton 44-6
Morren, Big Sky 44-5 ¾
Strong, Billings Skyview 44-0
Fike, Harrison 43-11
Agee, Victor 43-6 ½
Alexander, Columbia Falls 43-6
White, Billings Senior 43-5 ¾
Weltz, Polson 43-3 ½
Yanak, Eureka 43-1 ¾
AA – Beaman, Flathead. A – Westfall, Hamilton. B – Yanak, Eureka. C – Fike, Harrison.

Pole vault (15-9)
Sherman, Kalispell Glacier 15-0
Dringman, Billings West 14-7
Smith, Helena 14-6
Schwartz, Glendive 14-4
Blume, Anaconda 14-3
Mckitrick, Ennis 14-0 ½
Anderson, Bozeman 14-0
Barron, Billings Senior 14-0
Barton, Kalispell Flathead 14-0
Bradford, Billings West 14-0
Brady, Great Falls 14-0
Dokken, Bozeman 14-0
Gyuricza, Big Sky 14-0
Silvernale, Glendive 14-0
AA – Sherman, Glacier. A – Schwartz, Glendive. B – Frieling, Huntley Project, 13-6. C – Mckitrick, Ennis.

 

GIRLS

100 (12.19)
Sulser, Billings Senior 12.19
Wingard, Hellgate 12.30
Kanthack, Helena 12.33
Jarrett, Big Sky 12.38
Schulz, Whitefish 12.40
H. Porch, Big Sky 12.42
Roginske, Joliet 12.45
Gellner, Billings Skyview 12.46
Evans, Great Falls 12.49
Endy, Billings West 12.51
Henderson, Corvallis 12.55
Mane, Lewistown 12.56
Rehbein, Plains 12.56
Wacaser, Billings Skyview 12.60
Fickler, Drummond 12.65
Stromme, Belgrade 12.65
Collins, Great Falls 12.67
Cathey, Billings Skyview 12.69
Modglin, Great Falls CMR 12.69
Page, Belgrade 12.70
White, Kalispell Flathead 12.70
AA – Sulser, Billings Senior. A – Schulz, Whitefish. B – Roginske, Joliet. C – Fickler, Drummond.

200 (24.4*)
Schulz, Whitefish 24.69
Kanthack, Helena 25.08
McLeod, Butte 25.20
Sulser, Billings Senior 25.47
H. Porch, Big Sky 25.52
Stromme, Belgrade 25.55
Henderson, Corvallis 25.60
Phillips, Plains 25.83
Gray, Park City 25.88
Lamey, Dillon 25.89
Wingard, Hellgate 25.90
Fickler, Drummond 25.96
Jarrett, Big Sky 25.98
Anderson, Dillon 26.00
Roginske, Joliet 26.01
King, Choteau 26.08
Ehmann, Darby 26.11
Kurtz, Whitefish 26.12
Frost, Corvallis 26.13
Orrell, Belgrade 26.23
J. Smiedala, Helena 26.23
* – set at English distance. AA – Kanthack, Helena. A – Schulz, Whitefish. B – Phillips, Plains. C – Gray, Park City.

400 (54.62)
Schulz, Whitefish 55.06
Henderson, Corvallis 55.57
Aragon, Billings Senior 56.51
C. Smiedala, Helena 56.65
Phillips, Plains 57.79
Cheroske, Bigfork 58.25
Lamey, Dillon 58.52
J. Smiedala, Helena 58.73
McLeod, Butte 58.98
Collins, West Yellowstone 59.04
Romi, Billings Senior 59.20
Holmes, Seeley-Swan 59.28
AA – Aragon, Senior. A – Schulz, Whitefish. B – Phillips, Plains. C – Collins, West Yellowstone.

800 (2:08.31)
Aragon, Billings Senior 2:11.7
Morley, Bigfork 2:12.1
C. Smiedala, Helena 2:12.1
Henderson, Corvallis 2:13.1
Schulz, Whitefish 2:13.9
Eliorraga, Billings Senior 2:17.6
Day, Billings Skyview 2:17.8
Parker, West Yellowstone 2:18.0
Cheroske, Bigfork 2:18.4
Raty, Billings Senior 2:19.2
AA – Aragon, Billings Senior. A – Henderson, Corvallis. B – Morley, Bigfork. C – Parker, West Yellowstone.

1,600 (4:48.24)
Morley, Bigfork 4:50.2
Aragon, Billings Senior 4:56.2
Hardin, Bozeman 4:58.8
Meuwissen, Bozeman 5:01.8
Parker, West Yellowstone 5:01.8
C. Smiedala, Helena 5:04.3
Sayer, Hellgate 5:07.8
Day, Billings Skyview 5:09.4
Liechty, Sentinel 5:11.0
Elorriaga, Billings Senior 5:11.8
AA – Aragon, Billings Senior. A – Pape, Corvallis, 5:13.8. B – Morley, Bigfork. C – Parker, West Yellowstone.

3,200 (10:26.18)
Morley, Bigfork 10:16.4*
Hardin, Bozeman 10:51.9
Meuwissen, Billings Skyview 10:54.5
Parker, West Yellowstone 11:03.9
Sayer, Hellgate 11:05.6
Aragon, Billings Senior 11:05.7
Starkey, Bozeman 11:08.5
Foster, Hellgate 11:19.8
Nelson, Billings Skyview 11:21.1
Sterbis, Big Sky 11:22.5
Creel, Bozeman 11:34.5
*-run at sea level. AA – Hardin, Bozeman. A – Mundel, Columbia Falls, and Pape, Corvallis, 11:43.8. B – Morley, Bigfork. C – Parker, West Yellowstone.

100 hurdles (14.11)
Sulser, Billings Senior 14.30
Anderson, Dillon 14.72
McLeod, Butte 14.86
Sturgess, Kalispell Flathead 14.94
King, Choteau 15.18
Phillips, Plains 15.19
Stiles, Malta 15.31
D’Agostino, Bozeman 15.49
Entzel, Big Sky 15.56
Nicosia, Columbia Falls 15.58
AA – Sulser, Billings Senior. A – Anderson, Dillon. B – King, Choteau. C – Collins, West Yellowstone, 15.71.

300 hurdles (42.87)
McLeod, Butte 43.06
Sulser, Billings Senior 43.21
Anderson, Dillon 45.33
Phillips, Plains 43.87
Sturgess, Kalispell Flathead 45.49
Prevost, Sidney 46.13
King, Choteau 46.33
Arthun, Manhattan 46.36
J. Smiedala, Helena 46.38
Holmes, Seeley-Swan 46.48
AA – McLeod, Butte. A – Anderson, Dillon. B – Phillips, Plains. C – Holmes, Seeley-Swan.

400 relay (48.30*)
Missoula Big Sky 48.38
Whitefish 48.54
Belgrade 48.88
Corvallis 48.99
Billings West 49.29
Billings Skyview 49.34
Great Falls 49.37
Great Falls CMR 49.42
Billings Senior 49.56
Choteau 49.65
* – Hand-held time; Big Sky has fastest FAT time. AA – Missoula Big Sky. A – Whitefish. B – Choteau. C – Belt 51.04.

1,600 relay (3:52.46)
Helena 3:56.6
Billings Skyview 4:03.1
Belgrade 4:03.4
Billings West 4:04.4
Corvallis 4:04.9
Kalispell Glacier 4:05.4
Billings Senior 4:06.1
Livingston 4:06.2
Dillon 4:06.3
Seeley-Swan 4:06.3
AA – Helena. A – Belgrade. B – Bigfork 4:08.2. C – Seeley-Swan.

Discus (154-10)
Feilzer, Big Sky 145-3
Nessan, Billings Senior 130-10
Thompson, Plains 130-5
Cicierski, Billings Senior 128-10
Mason, Billings Skyview 128-4
Williams, Kalispell Glacier 128-0
T. Krueger, Kalispell Glacier 127-9
Albright, Corvallis 127-2
Harvey, Manhattan 125-0
Wolff, Sidney 124-2 ½
AA – Feilzer, Missoula Big Sky. A – Albright, Corvallis. B – Thompson, Plains. C – Hanley, Alberton, 122-4.

Javelin (149-6)
Larson, Kalispell Glacier 141-7
Rides Horse, Hardin 138-7
Wacaser, Billings Skyview 138-4
Shearman, Bozeman 138-0
Henthorn, Hellgate 136-0
Pfister, Hellgate 134-7
Poole, Colstrip 133-10 ½
Vonheeder, Plains 132-6
Earhart, Plains 130-4
Hochhalter, Frenchtown 128-5
AA – Larson, Glacier. A – Rides Horse, Hardin. B – Poole, Colstrip. C – Meek, Simms, 127-10.

Shot put (47-6)
Lehotsky, Great Falls CMR 43-1
Feilzer, Big Sky 41-4
Henderson, Billings Senior 41-3
Billow, Eureka 40-8 ½
Pendleton, Dillon 40-7 ¾
Gragg, Big Sky 40-0
Krueger, Kalispell Glacier 39-7 ¼
Thompson, Plains 39-7
Harvey, Manhattan 39-3
Rides Horse, Hardin 39-1
AA – Lehotsky, CMR. A – Pendleton, Dillon. B – Billow, Eureka. C – Bymaster, Broadview-Lavina, 38-11 ½.

High jump (5-9 ½)
Booth, Corvallis 5-8
Mims, Billings Senior 5-7
Copinga, Billings Skyview 5-5
Feilzer, Big Sky 5-5
A. Hannum, Thompson Falls 5-5
Settle, Helena Capital 5-5
Dailey, Glasgow 5-3
S. Hannum, Thompson Falls 5-3
Klinker, Great Falls 5-3
Several at 5-2
AA – Mims, Billings Senior. A – Booth, Corvallis. B – A. Hannum, Thompson Falls. C – Hughes, Hobson, and Lacock, Hinsdale, 5-2.

Long jump (18-11 ¾)
McLeod, Butte 18-6 ½
Mims, Billings Senior 17-11
Page, Belgrade 17-3 ¾
Settle, Helena Capital 17-2 ½
Semenza, Great Falls CMR 17-2
Russell, Red Lodge 17- ¾
Guercio, Whitefish 17- ½
Stiles, Malta 17- ¼
Dailey, Glasgow 16-11 ½
Powell, Billings Senior 16-11 ½
Mason, Billings Skyview 16-11 ½
AA – McLeod, Butte. A – Page, Belgrade. B – Russell, Red Lodge. C – Carlon, North Star, 16-10 ½.

Triple jump (39-2)
Roginske, Joliet 37-6 ¼
Page, Belgrade 37-2 ½
McLeod, Butte 37-2 ¼
Moore, Hamilton 37-2 ¼
H. Porch, Big Sky 37-1
Stiles, Malta 36-9 ¼
Nicosia, Columbia Falls 36-8
Carlon, North Star 36-2 ½
Williams, Boulder 35-10 ¼
Lacock, Hinsdale 35-8
AA – McLeod, Butte. A – Page, Belgrade. B – Roginske, Joliet. C – Carlon, North Star.

Pole vault (13-0)
Frost, Corvallis 11-6
Robinson, Billings West 11-6
Buzanowski, Huntley Project 11-3
Slevin, Bozeman 11-3
Wacaser, Billings Skyview 11-1
Leslie, Helena Capital 10-9
Carl, Big Sky 10-6
Harris, Sidney 10-6
Kessel, Sidney 10-6
Leslie, Helena Capital 10-6
Palmer, Sentinel 10-6
Prevost, Sidney 10-6
Waid, Havre 10-6
AA – Robinson, Billings West. A – Frost, Corvallis. B – Buzanowski, Project. C – Rettig, North Star, 9-8.

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