If the weather cooperates (Tuesday’s forecast includes a strong chance of rain), the Midland Roundtable Top 10 track and field meet has the potential to be a record-setting day at the Laurel High School Sports Complex.
Four athletes enter the meet with seed times or marks better than the current meet records. Those girls are Taylor Mims and Morgan Sulser of Billings Senior, Caroline Hardin of Bozeman and Bethany Rides Horse of Hardin.
Mims has a season-best high jump of 5 feet, 7 inches, which is one inch better than the current meet record set by Jill Montgomery of Billings West in 1988. If Mims can match or better her best mark, she would take down the longest standing of the meet records.
And, of course, there’s Sulser, the state-record holder in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.11 seconds. Sulser’s best mark this season is 14.45, which is 15 hundredths of a second faster than the Top 10 record of 14.6, set by Harlowton’s Erin Jones in 2000.
Though her seed time in the 300 hurdles (45.76 seconds) isn’t better than the meet record (44.64 seconds set by Huntley Project’s Jennifer Walter in 2006), the Montana commit shouldn’t be dismissed as a potential record-setter in the event. Sulser ran the longer hurdles in 43.2 seconds at last year’s state meet.
If the Senior duo is able to eclipse the records, it would be an effort reminiscent of the 2012 Top 10 meet when the Broncs broke three records. That year, Senior runner Dani Aragon set the standards in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs with times of 2:15.32 and 4:56.13, respectively. Teammate Alex Klatt set the boys’ mark in the 800 at 1:55.38, which appears to be safe this year.
Billings Skyview hurdler Landon Polkow also set the meet record in the 300 hurdles (38.27) in 2012.
At the 2013 meet, Taylor Grove set the record in the 3,200 at 11:20.74, and her best time this season is 11:38.0. Bozeman’s Hardin has the fastest 3,200 entering the meet, running an 11:18.77 earlier in the season.
Rides Horse will be looking to take down a Senior record in the javelin. Her season best heave of 138-7 is better than the current record of 136-6, set by Senior’s Brittnee Grimstad in 2011. Rides Horse has the best mark in the state this season after finishing third at last year’s state meet.
On the boys’ side, most of the records look like they’ll stand for another year. You never know, though, when a distance runner will shave time off his personal best or a jumper will pop off an impressive leap.
Skyview enters the meet with the most first-place seed times with five. Taylor Trollope (110 hurdles), Riley Barta (300 hurdles), Tre’von Strong (triple jump) and Kendal Manuel (high jump) have the top marks in their respective events. The Falcons also have the fastest 1,600-meter relay team at the meet.
Bozeman has the top seed times in the 1,600, 3,200 (both by Hunter May) and 100 (Wyatt David), as well as the fastest time in the 400-meter relay.
Mark Hovland (800) and Jory Ableman (long jump) have top marks from West, while Brett Dringman is tied with Senior’s Charlie Barron for the top pole vault mark.
Brennan Nielsen, also from Senior, leads the way in the javelin.