Havre Daily News Sports Editor
The scores may not indicate it, but Tuesday was a pretty good day for the Havre High track teams. The Pony boys and girls were both soundly defeated by Class AA CMR in dual action at Great Falls' Memorial Stadium.
The CMR boys defeated Havre 92-52, while the Rustler girls crushed the Ponies 107-37. However, with forecast of cold weather for the coming days, a day of competition was better than a day of practice.
"I'd much rather have a Tuesday meet than a Tuesday practice," HHS head coach Mark West. "It's good to go out and compete instead of working out in the cold."
The Ponies not only got to compete, but got the chance to compete against a very good Rustler team.
In the boys, CMR won 11 events, led by double winners John Michelson in the 1,600 and 3,200, Philip Churchill in both hurdles events, Chris Vuckovich in the triple jump and javelin and Jeff Hansen in the shot put and discus. The Rustlers also got wins from Jacob Pearson in the 800, Kellan Carter in the high jump and Alex Smith in the 100.
Havre's Scott Robinson was solid, leading the Ponies to a sweep in the 200 as Derek Verploegen finished second and Kyle Finneman was third. Robinson also added easy wins in the 400 and long jump.
"Scott was pretty solid," West said. "He really looked good in the 400 and it was nice to sweep the 200."
Cody McLean continued to perform well in the pole vault, tying for first with CMR's Josh Anderson and Eric Hubner with vaults of 12-6.
"Cody has been very consistent in the pole vault," West said. "His heights keep going up."
Also scoring points for Havre were Ted Wells in the 100, Tom Knudson in both hurdles events, Marcus Campbell in the 1,600 and 3,200, Ricky Houim in the shot put and discus, Robert Brooks in the 800 and Ryan Horne in the long jump.
"Ricky had a nice day," West said. "He had couple nice throws in the shot and placed in the discus. It's been a long time that we've had a guy score points in the shot and discus consistently for us. I was a little disappointed with our performance in the 100. I felt like that it was a race we should win and place a few kids in."
While West would have loved to score more points, he was happy for his boys to compete on the Memorial Stadium track.
"State is being held there so it was big for our runners and throwers to get used to the surroundings," he said. "The girls got to compete there last week, but we wanted to make sure the boys ran there before state."
It was last weekend at the Optimist Invitational in Great Falls where West knew his girls would be in trouble against a powerhouse CMR squad.
"They are just so strong in so many events," West said. "When I saw them last week, I knew they were going to be almost impossible to beat."
The CMR girls racked up a whopping 107 points, thanks to wins in all but four events. Standout Shantell Marquis won the 200 and 400, while finish second in the 100 hurdles, teammate Brianna Perry took home both hurdles events and the high jump and Sydney Best won the 100 and 800.
"Marquis is an unbelievable athlete," West said. "We miss not having Mandi Nystrom and Casea Pollington. They would have scored us some points, but CMR just has so much more depth than us in every event."
Havre got the bulk of its points from the usual suspects - Carmen Neuens and Lena Suek. The sophomores each won two events to pace the Ponies.
Neuens continued to perform well in the long jump, winning for the third time in three tries with a leap of 16-2. Neuens also won the triple jump, narrowly missed out on winning the 100, recording a personal best of 13.03. She also placed third in the high jump.
"Carmen had a nice day," West said. "She ran a great time in the 100 and was solid in the jumps. She probably should have won the high jump, but she is just a little off in that event."
Suek took home wins in her best events in the discus and javelin, while finishing third in the shot put. Suek won the javelin easily with a toss of 127-11, while she edged CMR standout Kelsey Hopkins in the discus with a throw of 110-9.
"Lena had another nice day," West said. "She is throwing so well right now."
Havre's other points came from second-place finishes from Kelsey West in the 200, Darci Briere in the 1,600, Kelsey Malsam in the 3,200 and Amanda Reinke in the pole vault. The Ponies got third-place finishes from Kim Jestrab in the 400 and Larissa Hand in the triple jump.
"We had a lot of PR's from our girls," West said. "Kelsey (West) had a personal best in the 200 and Kelsey (Malsam) had a good time in the 3,200."
Regardless of scores, West was happy with his teams' performances, and looks at it as another chance to improve.
"We're starting to come around," he said. "Our kids competed hard which is what you want to see. I really think we are peaking at the right time, and all that hard work is starting to pay off."
The Ponies will be in Whitefish on Saturday for a meet featuring several Class A opponents.
"Depending on the weather, I really think it should be a good meet for us," West said.
CMR 92, Havre 52
100 - 1. Alex Smith, CMR 11.49; 2. Ted Wells, HAV 11.52; 3. Luke McKinley, CMR 11.55
200 - 1. Scott Robinson, HAV 23.64; 2. Derek Verploegen, HAV 23.82; 3. Kyle Finneman, HAV 24.14
400 - 1. Scott Robinson, HAV 53.53; 2. Alex Smith, CMR 55.95; 3. Parker Jones, CMR 57.30
800 -1. Jacob Pearson, CMR 2:10.70; 2. Tyler Dolan, CMR 2:14.56; 3. Robert Brooks
1,600 - 1. John Michelson, CMR 5:03.05; 2. Marcus Campbell, HAV 5:06.3; 3. Robert Brooks, HAV 5:08.4;
3,200 - 1. John Michelson, CMR 11:01.3; 2. Marcus Campbell, HAV 11:07.1;
100 Hurdles - 1. Philip Churchill, CMR 15.76; 2. Tom Knudson, HAV 16.55; 3. Calvin Fry, HAV CMR 22.29
300 Hurdles - 1. Philip Churchill, CMR 44.44; 2. Tom Knudson, HAV 45.36; 3. Calvin Fry, CMR 45.80
400 Relay - 1. Havre 45.15
1,600 Relay - 1. CMR 3:40.56
Pole Vault - 1. (tie) Cody McLean, HAV 12-6; Josh Anderson CMR 12-6; Eric Hubner, CMR 12-6
Long Jump - 1. Scott Robinson, HAV 19-1; 2. Tyson Wald, CMR 18-8; 3. Ryan Horne, HAV 17-2
High Jump - 1. Kellan Carter, CMR 6-6; 2. (tie) Drew Savage, CMR 5-10; Cody Vukasin, CMR 5-10
Triple Jump - 1. Chris Vuckovich, CMR 37-8; 2. Luke McKinley, CMR 35-10
Shot Put - 1. Jeff Hansen, CMR 52-10; 2. Ricky Houim, HAV 49-3; 3. Justin Clark, CMR 40-8
Discus - 1. Jeff Hansen, CMR 164-2; 2. Andrew Voorhees, CMR 133-1; 3. Ricky Houim, HAV 128-3
Javelin - 1. Chris Vuckovich, CMR 151-10; 2. Zach Garrity, CMR 151-08; 3. Tyson Wald, CMR 137-11
CMR 107, Havre 37
100 - 1. Sydney Best, CMR 13.01; 2. Carmen Neuens, HAV 13.03; 3. Kelsey Hopkins, CMR 13.15
200 - 1. Shantell Marquis, CMR 27.11; 2. Kelsey West, HAV 27.93; 3. Holly Heffley, CMR 28.05
400 - 1. Shantell Marquis, CMR 1:00.65; 2. Amanda Berringer, CMR 1:07.09; 3. Kim Jestrab, HAV 1:09.1
800 - 1. Sydney Best, CMR 2:31.16; 2. Marilee Woyth, CMR 2:34.5; 3. Kasha Kiddrick, CMR 2:40.16
1,600 - 1. Marilee Woyth, CMR 5:38.7; 2. Darci Briere, HAV 5:49.9; 3. Kasha Kiddrick, CMR 5:55.2
3,200 - 1. Kirsten Jensen, CMR 12:44.3; 2. Kelsey Malsam, HAV 13:09; 3. Kasandra Maloney, CMR 13:39.46
100 Hurdles - 1. Brianna Perry, CMR 16.4; 2. Shantell Marquis, CMR 17.47; 3. Melissa Fry, CMR 18.36
300 Hurdles - 1. Brianna Perry, CMR 50.42; 2. Melissa Fry, CMR 51.37
400 Relay - 1. CMR 52.68
1,600 Relay - 1. CMR 4:28.67; 2. Havre 4:37.60
Pole Vault - 1. (tie) Adrianna Aafeldt, CMR 8-0; Alexa From, CMR 8-0; 2. Amanda Reinke, HAV 7-0
Long Jump - 1. Carmen Neuens, HAV 16-2; 2. Brianna Perry, CMR 14-5; 3. Kasey Aafeldt, 13-4
High Jump - 1. Brianna Perry, CMR 4-10; 2. Kelsey Hopkins, CMR 4-8; 3. Carmen Neuens, HAV 4-8
Triple Jump - 1. Carmen Neuens, HAV 31-4; 2. Kelsey Aafeldt, CMR 30-5; 3. Larissa Hand, HAV 29-1
Shot Put - 1. Kelsey Hopkins, CMR 35-3; 2. Nikki Oleson, CMR 33-5; 3. Lena Suek, HAV 32-9
Discus - 1. Lena Suek, HAV 110-9; 2. Kelsey Hopkins, CMR 108-5; 3. Nikki Oleson, CMR 102-4
Javelin - 1. Lena Suek, HAV 127-11; 2. Kristen Tuttle, CMR 117-5; 3. Nikki Oleson, CMR 89-3