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Makena Morley gets creative to fund trip to track nationals

Makena Morley gets creative to fund trip to track nationals

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. 

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Hellgate's Herrick making up for lost time to injury

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.

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Big Sky's Mustard working back after appendectomy

Big Sky's Mustard working back after appendectomy

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.

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Final Montana track and field bests

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 fneighbor@missoulian.com. You can also reach Fritz at 523-5247. The Missoulian sports fax is 523-5226. Continue reading

Montana high school track & field leaders 5/14

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 fneighbor@missoulian.com. You can also reach Fritz at 523-5247. The Missoulian sports fax is 523-5226. Continue reading

Montana high school track & field leaders 4/19

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

Athletes of the Week: April 10-16

Boys

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.

Girls

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.

 

Come support funding efforts for the new community track at the Knight River Run

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 apfister@mcps.k12.mt.us 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

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  • 03 Feb 2015

    UPDATED: 2015 national signing day's western Montana football commits

    UPDATED: With fall camps just around the corner, the list of western Montana natives in the Missoulian's coverage area has swelled near 50. Take a look:
      It’s national signing day 2015 and the National Letters of Intent were flying around this morning with local athletes securing their spots with college football programs. We’ll keep you updated with the area players who have made their commitments known throughout the day. Here’s a quick look at what we have so far. Don’t forget this is just a bare bones list right now and it will be updated often. Don’t see your name or your kid listed here? Leave it in the comments, or get in contact with us at ajmazzolini@missoulian.com or on twitter (@ajmazzolini).   MONTANA (4) TE Colin Bingham, Missoula Big Sky DE Andrew Harris, Kalispell Glacier S Josh Sandry, Bigfork DE Jesse Sims, Corvallis MONTANA STATE (5) LB Josh Hill, Kalispell Glacier LB Tanner Hoff, Hot Springs WR Logan Jones, Kalispell Glaicer QB Brady McChesney, Kalispell Glacier DE Byron Rollins, Missoula Sentinel EASTERN WASHINGTON (1) TE Jayce Gilder, Corvallis NORTH DAKOTA (1) TE Brock Shaide, Missoula Big Sky CARROLL COLLEGE (1) WR Paul Wilson, Missoula Hellgate MONTANA TECH (9) WR/RB Nate Gray, Hot Springs RB Jackson King, Missoula Sentinel WR/RB Danny Mannix, Flint Creek WR Sam McCamley, Kalispell Glacier WR Ty Morgan, Columbia Falls OL Matt Murphy, Missoula Big Sky OL Truman Pisk, Kalispell Glacier DB Tucker Rauthe, Kalispell Glacier LB Ike Schweikert, Columbia Falls MONTANA WESTERN (12) OL Zach Brown, Hamilton RB/LB Joe Caicedo, Darby WR Devin Cochran, Kalispell Glacier RB Cory Diaz, Missoula Big Sky RB/LB Jason Ferris, Dillon QB/S J.D. Ferris, Dillon WR/DB Justin Ferris, Dillon QB/DB Bo Hughs, Loyola Sacred Heart (transfer) RB/LB Raymond Matt, St. Ignatius LB Connor McKillop, Missoula Sentinel WR/DB Austin Ray, Corvallis OL Spencer Ross, Columbia Falls MONTANA STATE-NORTHERN (6) RB Zach Crace, Libby LB Travis Crawford, Missoula Big Sky FB Lane Foster, Hot Springs DL Trevor Frandsen, Missoula Big Sky MLB Jonathan Gragg, Missoula Hellgate OL Ryan Handley, Missoula Hellgate ROCKY MOUNTAIN COLLEGE (3) LB Joe Gallatin, Polson DE Jesse Grabowska, Florence RB Marty Pigeon, Loyola Sacred Heart DICKINSON STATE (1) DB Cain Boschee, Kalispell Glacier LEHIGH (1) OL Harrison Kauffman, Kalispell Glacier MACALESTER COLLEGE (1) WR Jack Streibich, Whitefish
  • 23 May 2014

    Makena Morley gets creative to fund trip to track nationals

    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.  As of this posting, Morley is about 75 percent of the way to her goal of $2,300 for travel and lodging costs for her and her father to the national meet. Events run June 13-15. Morley isn't new to the national running scene, but she appears to be getting create in funding her trips there. She won the West Regional of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships back in December and then finished eighth in the ensuing national race. "As a junior I have been to 4 national championship races (three in cross country and one for indoor track) but I have never won a national title, so this one is very important to me because I would love for this to be the year for me to win," Morley wrote on her IndieGoGo.com fundraising page. "It is an important year for my college recruiting process, because this is the year when all colleges are looking at you and at what you have accomplished!" IndieGoGo is a kind of online kickstarter to raise money for a cause or idea. It's "the world’s most established crowdfunding platform," according to the organization's website. Crowdfunding is the process of pooling money from many different people for a cause. Morley, a three-time winner of the State B cross country title and Gatorade Runner of the Year for Montana, plans to run the 5,000 meters at the New Balance Nationals along with either the one or two mile. For more about her trip to nationals, or to donate, you can visit her page here.

  • 12 Feb 2015

    Entry to Montana wrestling's Four-Timers Club just got tougher

    Winning four straight state wrestling titles is hard enough, but the reclassification of weight classes in Montana that began this year will likely make the feat decidedly more difficult. When the Montana High Schools Association shifted from 15 to 13 wrestling classes, it eliminated the weight at which many four-timers wrestled as freshmen. The 98 and 105 weights were combined -- as were 195 and 220 on the upper end -- to form a new hybrid weight of 103 that will leave fewer holes in brackets and dual lineups. But it also adds new competition for the lightest weight, the one typically housing freshmen, by doubling the participants. "It's going to be interesting with the weight changes," said Columbia Falls wrestling coach Jesse Schaeffer, who has a senior in his wrestling room chasing state title No. 4 this week in Shonn Roberts. "I think that's going to maybe reduce that." Twenty-three Montana wrestlers have completed their four-peats and 11 of those started at 98 pounds of lower -- Gene Davis of Missoula County High, the state's first four-timer, won his freshman year at 95 pounds in 1960 before a similar weight shift later in the decade. Add in Roberts, who will compete at 138 pounds when state action begins Friday in Billings but won at 98 in 2012, and that's exactly half. "It's kind of weird since that's what I wrestled at as a freshman," Roberts began, "but 103, the 98-105 mix, I think that's reasonable. It'll make things a little bit tougher." That's hardly the thinking behind merging weights, though. At either extreme ends of the weight scale (195 and 220 became the 205 class) fewer teams -- especially at lower classifications -- could field a full lineup. Many times, too few entrants there led to a state bracket marred by automatic byes and regular season duals that might as well skip on to 105 pounds anyway. The unintended consequence is that 2015 may be near the last time wrestling fans will get a trio of four-time possibles all on the mats at the same time. Sidney's Gresh Jones joins Roberts in the Class A tournament this week at 126 pounds searching for his fourth, while Forsyth's Matt Weber will be the talk of Class B-C with a potential fourth title. Both boys won their first -- and lightest -- at 112 pounds, though.