Schulz blows away the Class A field

2014-05-31T20:37:00Z 2014-06-01T21:04:04Z Schulz blows away the Class A fieldBy JOE KUSEK jkusek@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

BUTTE — Up and down, that’s how Marlow Schulz has spent her state track meets.

For 11 individual first-place medals and two winning relays, Schulz has made the repeated climb to the top of the awards podium the last four years.

“I don’t ever get tired making that hike,” said the poised Whitefish senior with a smile.

Schulz was at it again at the Class A state meet on Saturday, blowing away the rest of the field in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, along with running the anchor leg on the Bulldogs’ record-setting 400 relay.

She won the 100 all four years.

Schulz, who set the Class A 400 record on Friday, closed her storied career by running a terrific leg on Whitefish’s 1,600 relay that placed fifth. When she got the baton, the Bulldogs were a distant eighth.

“Amazing,” Schulz said of her weekend.

The Whitefish 400 relay won in 48.54 seconds, breaking the previous record of 49.12 set by Billings Central in 1994. The all-class record is 48.3 set by Great Falls CMR in 1979.

Schulz won the 100 in 12.4 and won the 200 in 24.69.

Both were better than her prelims times run on Friday.

The 24.69 would have been a Class A record, but it was ruled wind-aided.

“I didn’t even feel the wind,” she said with another grin.

The Class A 200 record is 24.83 by Paige Squire of Corvallis in 2011.

“I saw Paige set that record when I was a freshman and thought, ‘Wow that was fast,’ ” said Schulz.

Schulz false-started in the same race four years ago. “I would have never beat Paige,” she added.

Schulz ran a Class A record time of 55.05 seconds to win the 400 the day before.

“I’m just happy with the way everything worked out … to be able to run such good times,” she said. “The goal is to always be peaking at this time of year.

“I’m tired, but not too tired. I just like to keep busy.”

Schulz will run for St. John’s in New York City next year.

“I found out about it through a friend,” said Schulz, who took her official visit last fall. “I’m a (tap) dancer. I’m hoping to have some opportunities after track to be in some shows and I’ll be able to see some shows when I’m there.

“I always knew, ever since I was a little girl, that even though I’m from Montana, I wanted to go to a big city for college.”

Corvallis girls win 4th straight

The Corvallis girls had three individual champions to roll up 129.5 points for its fourth consecutive team title.

Hamilton emerged from a tight field to win the boys team championship on the final race. The Broncs won the 1,600 relay for their first A title in program history. Hamilton won Class B titles in 1948 and 1950 when the state was divided into just two classes.

The Broncs finished with 64 points, followed by Corvallis (62) and Whitefish (58).

Schwartz is pole vault champ

Who needs an audience?

With most of the fans, teams and even the media gone from the stadium early Friday evening, Taylor Schwartz of Glendive came through with his best performance.

The senior won the Class A pole vault with a personal best effort of 14-feet, four-inches.

Schwartz won his title around 8:30 p.m.

Meet officials moved the Class A boys pole vault from Saturday to Friday because of predicted rain for Saturday.

The rain, with the exception of a light sprinkle, never materialized.

“There were not a lot of people in the stands,” said Schwartz. “Most of them came down to the pole vault area to watch.”

“The ones who matter were there,” he finished with a laugh.

Schwartz, the top seed at 14-1, came in at 13-0 and promptly missed on his first attempt.

“I wasn’t nervous,” he said. “I was feeling good during warm-ups.”

He cleared 13-0 and 13-6. Both he and Ethan Blume of Anaconda went over 14-feet.

“I knew I had to jump better than 14 to win,” said Schwartz.

He won at 14-4, also a school record.

“I got both the state title and the school record, that’s great,” Schwarz said.

He also ran a leg on the Red Devils’ winning 400 relay on Saturday.

The foursome of John LeSuer, Schwartz, Tai Sokoloski and Colter Bachmeier won in 43.31, shaving .16 seconds off their meet-best prelim time from Friday.

Notes

• Dillon’s Holly Anderson swept both hurdle races, while Gharret Olson of Frenchtown won both the boys 100 and 200. Livingston’s Chris Emter added a second win, taking the discus after setting the Class A record in the shot put on Friday.

• Katelyn Frost of Corvallis won the pole vault, ending Sidney’s streak of seven consecutive state champions. The Eagles had three among the top six with Erin Harris placing third and Lexi Prevost and Aubrey Kessel sharing fourth.

• Luke May of Whitefish won the javelin with a throw of 206-7, one of the best in the state regardless of class this year.

• Other state champions were; Sadi Henderson, Corvallis, 800; Samantha Mundel, Columbia Falls, 3,200; Belgrade, girls 1,600 relay; Annika Moore, Hamilton, triple jump; Courtney Albright, Corvallis, discus; Jonathan Eastwood, Belgrade, 1,600; Nick Paffhausen, Dillon, 110 hurdles; Daniel Pendergrast, Stevensville, 300 hurdles; Hamilton, boys 1,600 relay; Andrew Weltz, Polson, triple jump.

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