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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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
Here is the most recent list of Montana prep track and field leaders, updated through Tuesday, April 23, by the Missoulian’s Fritz Neighbor. Continue reading
The Missoulian tries to keep you informed of the best track and field times or marks as the spring season moves along. The bests of the year — so far — run each Thursday in the Prep Extra section of the newspaper. We’ll be trying to keep you updated with a new list more often than once per week, though.
Accordingly, here is the most recent list that includes some late meets from the middle of this week that didn’t make the cut for the edition on Thursday (4/18). Also updated are some errors, such as the slip in the girls’ triple jump that had the leaders out of order. Continue reading
Kalispell Flathead junior Zach Perrin won the 1,600 at the Missoula Invitational last week in a state-best time of 4:24.36. He also helped the Braves win the 400 relay last Saturday on their way to a boys’ team title. This came exactly one week after Perrin ran the fastest 3,200 meters ever (8:55.24) by a Montana prep athlete at the Arcadia Invitational in California.
Loyola Sacred Heart senior Maggie Crippen won three straight golf tournaments, including two last week and one on Monday (April 16). Crippen won the Bigfork Invite last Thursday (April 12) followed by the Plains Invite on Saturday, when she carded a 76. Cripped capped off her amazing five-day run with a win at the Manhattan Invitational two days later. Crippen and Columbus’ Morgan Scott tied for the girls’ lead at 79, but Crippen won a chip-off for the title.
OK, Missoula, here’s your chance. You call yourself a running community.
Time to prove it.
The first of several fundraising efforts to get an all-weather surface to replace the dirt track that surrounds the River Bowl at John Toole Park is set for Friday (March 23) at night.
It’s called the Knight River Run 5k.
The race begins at 8 p.m. and there’s still time to sign up.
Just go down to the Runner’s Edge today or email Missoula Hellgate track coach Alan Pfister at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up a couple of minutes before the start.
Believe me, it’s a worthwhile cause – and I’m not just saying that as a Hellgate alum.
All the proceeds go toward the installation of a new six-lane rubberized track surface on the land jointly owned by the city and the Missoula School District.
The practice facility has been the home of Hellgate athletics for years and years.
But, it’s never been used for track purposes. So this upgrade will help change all that.
And once the track is layed down, it’ll be open to the public – not during Hellgate’s practice hours, though – so it truly does benefit the community.
Cost to run Friday night is $25.
Who knows, maybe you’ll even see this guy out there.
– Nick Lockridge