Huntley Project's Lane Sumner

Huntley Project's Lane Sumner, left, leads Big Timber's Casey Gunlikson in a preliminary heat of the 100 meter dash at the Southern B Divisional track meet in Laurel on Thursday. Sumner is the defending Class B state champion in the 100.

CASEY PAGE, Gazette Staff

LAUREL — Lining up in the 100-meter dash Thursday at the Southern B Divisional, Lane Sumner was excited about his competition. 

For the first time this season, Sumner, who runs for Huntley Project, was matched up against Baker senior Cleet Wrzesinski. 

Both runners own the top two times in the 100 for Class B this year, and it was a chance to see how they match up against one another in person instead of on paper.

"That's the one person that all year, I've been kind of keeping an eye on his times and how close I am," Sumner said just minutes after winning the 100. "I just wanted to come out here and run well against him, and I think I did that ... that's the race I've had marked on the calendar all year.

"It's nice to get (that first race) done with and be able to move on from that and prepare for the next one."

Sumner edged out Wrzesinski, finishing with a time of 11.16, to win the Southern B Divisional's 100. Wrzesinski crossed the finish line at 11.21.

In the 200, Wrzesinski got the best of Sumner, running a Class B best time of 22.40 to win it while the Huntley Project junior finished in third. 

On top of his 200, Wrzesinski owns the fastest 100 in Class B, an 11.08. Sumner has the second-fastest, an 11.11. 

"At state ... it's close, so it could go either way next time," Sumner said. "It just shows you that you still have to work hard and still prepare to go in and defend a title."

Sumner is the defending Class B state champion in the 100. 

Prior to their match up in Laurel, Sumner said he and Wrzesinski ran against each other in a 60-meter dash at an indoor meet before the season started. 

"He beat me there, and that kind of spooked me," Sumner said. 

The two will meet again this upcoming weekend at the State B track meet in Butte. 

With the final week of preparation approaching, Sumner said his workouts will be quite technical but necessary if he wishes to repeat in the 100.

"Lot of block starts and a lot of over training," he said. "We'll probably do a lot of 250s (meter sprints), 300s, just trying to get my finish down pat. I'm usually good through the first 50, then people tend to catch me. So that's just something that I know I have to work on."

And then, there's the race itself.

"Really, I just have to show up and run it," he added. "It's all talk until you get there."

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High School Sports Reporter

Sports reporter for the Billings Gazette.