Havre Daily News sports editor
Under a completely different set of circumstances than ever before, the Havre High boys and girls track teams took to the road Friday for the Glendive Invitational track meet.
On a weekend when the Ponies usually stay home and rest, Havre High decided to strike out and prepare against a host of good Class A teams for this week's Central A Divisional track meet.
Friday afternoon saw the Havre High boys score a season-low 18 points against non-Class AA competition. The 18 points scored by the Ponies was eighth out of eight teams in Glendive. Glendive won the meet with 108 points.
The HHS girls fared much better in Glendive, scoring 64 points to earn a third-place finish. Eastern A powerhouse Sidney finished first with 111.5 points and Central A frontrunner Lewistown was second with 100.33 points. Miles City and Laurel finished just behind Havre with 64 and 60 points, respectively.
Individually, the Havre High girls got another outstanding day from junior Lena Suek, who captured both the discus and javelin titles in Glendive. Suek threw the discus 131-04, which was nearly 14 feet better than her closest competitor. Her mark of 120-02 in the javelin was also strong enough to earn a second gold medal.
Casea Pollington was the only other winner for the HHS girls on Friday afternoon, as she won her sixth high jump gold medal of the season. Pollington captured the event with a leap of 5-2. Pollington's jumping partner Carmen Neuens finished fourth in the long jump and took second in a rare appearance in the 100 meters. Kelsey West finished fifth in the 100.
Sophomore Hannah Wells showed continued improvement in her first varsity season for HHS by once again placing in both hurdle events. Wells finished third in the 300-meter hurdles and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. Meredith Hanson also helped Havre's cause with a strong third-place showing in the 1600-meter race, and Havre's short relay team earned a second-place finish.
While the HHS girls appear poised for a run at the Central A divisional title this week, the Havre High boys warmup for the postseason didn't exactly go as the Ponies had planned.
Most of Havre's 18 points on Saturday were scored by Cody McLean, who won the pole vault with a final leap of 13-0.
The Ponies got a fifth-place finish from Derek Verploegen in the 100 meters and a sixth-place finish by Michael Hickman in the long jump. Verploegen finished the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.84, while Hickman jumped 18-11 in the long jump. The only other points Havre scored on the day were by way of its short relay team, which finished fourth.
Both Havre High track teams will now head to Belgrade for the 2006 Central A Divisional track meet which gets under way Friday afternoon.
Jock Stop at Glendive
Team scores - Glendive 108, Miles City 96, Hardin 84, Laurel 77, Lewistown 59, Billings Central 55, Sidney 29, Havre 18.
100 - Alex Quam, SID, 11.68; Derek Ohs, GLE, 11.74; Brandon Sandau, MC, 11.81; Shane Germann, GLE, 11.82; Derek Verploegen, HAV, 11.84; Chris Oistad, LAU, 11.87.
200 - Chris Oistad, LAU, 23.22; Derek Ohs, GLE, 23.49; Joe Hickey, BC, 23.66; Tyrun Dorrell, HAR, 23.69; Shane Germann, GLE, 23.70; Marty Kelm, MC, 23.71.
400 - Zach Condon, LAU, 49.66 (record; old record name not reported, Sidney, 50.2, 1975); Josh Pelczar, BC, 50.81; Trent Frohlich, BC, 52.29; Chris Oistad, LAU, 53.06; Shay Bender, GLE, 54.14; Kole Olson, LAU, 54.24.
800 - Brian Vallie, HAR, 1:52.99 (record; old record Kihmel, Willison, 1:55.80, 1992); Kelly Miller, GLE, 2:06.07; Brian Ohs, GLE, 2:06.19; Brodie McDonald, LAU, 2:10.85; Zach Condon, LAU, 2:13.47; Robert Brooks, HAV, 2:22.96.
1600 - Patrick Casey, LAU, 4:29.34; Brian Ohs, GLE, 4:32.38; Chad Nauman, LAU, 4:32.93; Ryan Kepler, LEW, 4:39.31; Kelly Miller, GLE, 4:40.57; Ryan Ceynar, GLE, 4:40.89.
3200 - Brian Vallie, HAR, 9:36.74 (record; old record Real Bird, Hardin, 9:39.00, 2004); Patrick Casey, LAU, 9:38.26; Chad Nauman, LAU, 9:52.81; Ryan Ceynar, GLE, 10:34.71; Evan Miller, GLE, 11:15.13; Steve Miller, BC, 11:19.66.
110 hurdles - Evan Stokken, LEW, 15.33; Kam Pearson, LEW, 15.83; Dan Collins, SID, 16.00; Josh Ewalt, MC, 16.01; Matt Miller, MC, 16.02; Caleb Clayton, GLE, 16.47.
300 hurdles - Evan Stokken, LEW, 40.47; Kam Pearson, LEW, 40.87; Matt Miller, MC, 41.17; Darin Oleyte, HAR, 42.27; Dan Collins, SID, 42.54; Eric Rude, BC, 43.24.
400 relay - Billings Central, 44.26; Miles City, 44.46; Glendive, 44.69; Havre, 45.23; Laurel, 46.62; Sidney, 46.96.
1600 relay - Miles City, 3:27.02 (record; old record Sidney, 3:27.8, 1975); Billings Central, 3:29.07; Hardin, 3:29.95; Glendive, 3:36.13; Laurel, 3:37.34; Lewistown, 3:44.45.
High jump - Josh Barta, LAU, 6-0; Ty Meiers, GLE, 5-10; Taylor Fitzpatrick, HAR, 5-10; Kyle Begger, MC, 5-10; Sam Meehan, SID, 5-10; Caleb Clayton, GLE, 5-8.
Pole vault - Cody McLean, HAV, 13-0; Matt Dow, GLE, 12-6; Jake Bowman, HAR, 12-6; Brandon Uffelman, HAR, 12-6; John Kassner, MC, 12-6.
Long jump - Pat Regan, MC, 20-6; Evan Stokken, LEW, 20-5; Derek Ohs, GLE, 19-8; Aaron Chavez, HAR, 19-5; Sam Meehan, SID, 19-0; Michael Hickman, HAV, 18-11.
Triple jump - Pat Regan, MC, 41-4; Evan Stokken, LEW, 41-1; Taylor Fitzpatrick, HAR, 41-00; Nigel Stewart, HAR, 39-9; Thomas Vallie, HAR, 39-5; Shane Germann, GLE, 38-10.
Shot put - Drew Phalen, MC, 47-5; Mike Person, GLE, 46-2; Steven Sanchez, MC, 46-0; Zane Roberts, MC, 45-10; Ben Pease, HAR, 43-2; Justin Mackey, MC, 41-7.
Discus - Mike Person, GLE, 155-10; Jon Taft, HAR, 145-9; Steven Sanchez, MC, 132-1; Justin Mackey, MC, 128-8; Drew Phalen, MC, 123-6; Chad McMillan, BC, 118-8.
Javelin - Cotton Real Bird, HAR, 192-8 (record; old record S. Shanan, Colstrip, 187-0, 2002); Gehrig Dye, BC, 159-2; Chris Hammer, BC, 158-2; Eric Schultz, SID, 157-2; Mike Mayernik, LEW, 147-3; Scot McKinney, LAU, 142-4.
Team scores - Sidney 111.5, Lewistown 100.33, Havre 64, Miles City 61.33, Laurel 60, Glendive 49.83, Hardin 46, Billings Central 34.
100 - Mariah Litton, BC, 13.03; Justine Simons, LAU, 13.19; Carmen Nevens, HAV, 13.20; Amanda Andreason, SID, 13.33; Kelsey West, HAV, 13.55; Nicole Fife, GLE, 13.57.
200 - Justine Simons, LAU, 26.28; Mariah Litton, BC, 26.55; Sarah Skipper, LEW, 26.56; Franzi Schmid, MC, 26.88; Mackenzie Powell, BC, 27.72; Shelby Duncan, LEW, 28.31.
400 - Justine Simons, LAU, 59.36; Mariah Litton, BC, 59.65; Gio Ruffatto, SID, 1:00.64; Leann Quinlan, LEW, 1:03.09; Mackenzie Powell, BC, 1:04.07; Lindsey Gran, MC, 1:04.73.
800 - Emmy Bentley, LEW, 2:17.60 (record; old record Bellow, Colstrip, 2:20.19); Callie Spraggins, LEW, 2:33.25; Mykel Ler, SID, 2:33.55; Teri Lea McCormick, HAR, 2:34.82; Shelly Hodges, HAR, 2:35.88; Rowan Swarny, GLE, 2:37.04.
1600 - Brinna Boettger, LEW, 5:38.62; Teri Lea McCormick, HAR, 5:39.56; Meredith Hanson, HAV, 5:40.91; Mykel Ler, SID, 5:46.51; Morgan Hecht, LEW, 5:48.42; Jenna Welnel, SID, 5:51.68.
3200 - Brinna Boettger, LEW, 12:07.51; Emmy Bentley, LEW, 12:18.93; Jenna Welnel, SID, 12:39.84; Morgan Hecht, LEW, 13:01.08; Jessica Englert, LAU, 13:01.35; Lauren Poss, LEW, 13:02.23.
100 hurdles - Miranda Fehilly, SID, 16.15; Sarah Skipper, LEW, 16.62; Ashley Cooper, LAU, 17.24; Megan Smith, SID, 17.65; Hanna Wells, HAV, 17.75; Karissa Linn, GLE, 18.05.
300 hurdles - Sarah Skipper, LEW, 46.36; Miranda Fehilly, SID, 47.96; Hanna Wells, HAV, 51.13; Arielle Lyster, HAR, 51.98; Karissa Linn, GLE, 52.05; Alee Ruff, LAU, 53.41.
400 relay - Sidney, 51.07; Havre 51.17; Glendive, 52.01; Miles City, 52.17; Laurel, 52.33; Lewistown, 53.60.
1600 relay - Miles City, 4:12.75; Sidney, 4:15.77; Laurel, 4:18.71; Lewistown, 4:21.43; Billings Central, 4:22.54; Hardin, 4:25.80.
High jump - Casea Pollington, HAV, 5-2; Heidy Bouchard, SID, 5-0; Amanda Andreason, SID, 4-10; Sarah Skipper, LEW, 4-10; Stephanie Padden, LAU, 4-9; (tie) Lillian Temple, GLE, Caitlin Fox, LEW, and Tessa Logan, MC, 4-8.
Pole vault - Brianne Schipman, GLE, 10-6; Miranda Fehilly, SID, 10-6; Kayla Martin, LAU, 9-6; Kim Martin, SID, 9-6; Taryn Kalberer, SID, 8-6; (tie) Katelyn Koch, SID, and Nicole Fife, GLE, 8-6.
Long jump - Jenn Hartman, MC, 16-3; Tessa Logan, MC, 16-0; Sarah Skipper, LEW, 16-0; Carmen Neuens, HAV, 15-10; Kyla Johnson, GLE, 14-10; Tara Cecrle, LEW, 14-10.
Triple jump - Tessa Logan, MC, 34-9; Amanda Andreason, SID, 33-9; Heidy Bouchard, SID, 32-2; Torrie Cahill, MC, 32-2; Sheana Salke, BC, 32-0; Sara Reiber, LAU, 31-11.
Shot put - Cara Bull Shows, HAR, 35-4; Jessica Ayre, GLE, 34-11; Darcy Schweigert, LAU, 34-3; Jami Kettlemann, MC, 32-9; Cady Irion, MC, 31-1; Gina Medicine Horse, HAR, 30-10.
Discus - Lena Suek, HAV, 131-4; Jessica Ayre, GLE, 107-9; Cara Bull Shows, HAR, 105-8; Jami Kettlemann, MC, 103-6; Carmel Stewart, HAR, 90-10; Marsha Williams, LEW, 90-9.
Javelin - Lena Suek, HAV, 120-2; Nicole Jefferson, HAR, 119-6; Tara Devers, GLE, 117-9; Jessica Ayre, GLE, 106-2; Kim Schultz, SID, 103-10?; Shenay Fournier, LEW, 94-1.