Some people break records and bask in it. Others, like Billings Senior’s Morgan Sulser, aren’t satisfied.
Sulser had another big day Friday at the Billings Public Schools Invitational at the West High track, winning the 100 hurdles in record-breaking fashion. Her time of 14.8 seconds broke the previous meet mark of 14.99 set by Belgrade’s Kirsten Haas in 2009.
But it wasn’t time to celebrate.
Remember: Sulser is the fastest girl in Montana history in the 100 hurdles. Her 14.11 clocking at the State AA meet last spring shattered the all-class record. She is the two-time reigning state champion in that event.
Meet record or not, she wasn’t overjoyed about Friday’s performance.
“It didn’t feel very good,” Sulser said. “I felt like the first three hurdles were really slow coming out of my blocks. But a meet record? It’s cool, I guess, but I was a little upset about my time and how I raced. It’s fine for now but I’ve got some work to do for sure.”
Sulser placed second to Casper (Wyo.) Natrona’s Lauren Taubert in the 300-meter hurdles later in the day. Taubert ran a 45.78. Sulser crossed in 46.33.
“I hate losing. It’s not what I wanted,” Sulser said, huffing and puffing afterward. “I knew there were two girls with faster times coming in, so I knew it was going to be a good race. I’ve got some work to do. I’ve got to get in better shape. And I’ve got to build up some speed-work (to get) where I want to be at the end of the season.
“Last year at this meet if I would have ran a 46 or whatever I just ran I would have been pumped. I’ve got to kind of look at it in that perspective, not that I lost. Our thing at Senior is to build up for the last meet of the year. It’s important to keep that in mind and not get frustrated.”
Sulser’s points — she also won the 100 — together with victories by Christina Aragon (800, 1,600), Taylor Mims (high jump) and Hannah Nessan (discus) helped Senior cruise to the girls team title. The Broncs also won the 1,600 relay and finished with 138.67 total points. Skyview came in second with 84, and Natrona placed third with 57.
Aragon established a new meet record in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:59.35, breaking the previous mark set in 2012 by her sister Dani by almost five seconds.
Natrona rolled to the boys team title, scoring 152 points. West edged Skyview for second place by one point, 78-77.
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Natrona made the 280-mile drive north to participate in the BPS meet for the first time. The Mustangs blew away the boys field on the strength of seven event victories, including Robert Counts’ meet-record win in the 400.
If Natrona looked like a team in midseason form it’s because it is. Unlike Montana, the Wyoming High School Activities Association sponsors indoor track and field during the winter. Thus, teams are pretty well-tested by the time April rolls around.
Natrona’s boys, by the way, won their first indoor state championship in March.
“There are two sides to it,” explained Mustangs coach Rosie Brown. “The kids who competed in the indoor season are a little more tired. It’s been a long season. A lot of those kids have just recently come off injuries. But the flip side is that we’re pretty seasoned. We’re at a point where most teams won’t be for another two or three weeks.”
Former Billings Senior coach Dave Creger is now an assistant coach with the Natrona boys. Creger, who coached Senior’s girls to four straight state titles, helped facilitate the Mustangs’ inclusion at the BPS meet.
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The list of competitors for the boys shot put was impressive. In the end, West’s Michael Quesenberry won with a heave of 53 feet, 10 inches. Colstrip’s Tucker Yates placed second at 52-8, Huntley Project’s Tanner Miller was third at 51-5, and Shepherd’s Brady Ostermiller was fourth at 50-0¾.
Quesenberry’s mark is the new No. 1 throw in the state regardless of class. He eclipsed Miller’s long of 53-0½ from the Manhattan Invitational.
That particular throw, Miller said, “just seemed really smooth. I don’t really show much excitement, it kind of builds up inside. That was kind of like a fire in the tummy.
“Today I feel like I could have done better. The motions just weren’t there for me.”
The meet was the first of the season for Yates, who underwent surgery on his left biceps after winning his third consecutive state wrestling championship in February. Yates won the discus ahead of Miller and Quesenberry.
“Throwing-wise it’s pretty much back to normal,” said Yates, who also noted that he is prohibited from lifting weights. “I’d say today was a success. I’m really happy about it.”
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Other notable performances included Shea Wacaser’s meet-record-setting heave in the javelin. The Skyview senior won the event with a distance of 135-11. Teammate Haley Gellner captured the 200 meters in 26.55, and took second in the 100.
West’s Mika Robinson tied her personal record in the pole vault, winning with a height of 10-6.
Skyview’s Mason Carle won the boys 200 meters in 22.43, and came in second in the 100. Senior’s Jorey Egeland captured the 800 in 2:00.7. Skyview’s Taylor Trollope won the 110 hurdles in 15.29 and placed second in the 300 hurdles to teammate Riley Barta, who crossed in 40.41.
West’s Brett Dringman claimed the pole vault with a height of 13-5. Senior’s Brennan Nielson won the javelin with a heave of 179-5.