There must be something in the water in Terry that gives the Terrier javelin throwers a little extra bite. At the State C meet in Great Falls last year, Terry athletes recorded the top marks in both the boys and girls javelin throws. Dani Dukart earned the Terriers 10 points with her 125'5" mark, and Taylor Pisk did the same in the boys' event with a mark of 168'6." Jerett Freiboth's 159'6" throw was good enough for third. And Dane Brubaker set the Class C pre-IAAF record in 2001 with a throw of 208'10." (Note: I got an email pointing out that Terry's Mike Poucher also won the javelin at the 2009 state meet with a throw of 166'9". You can find Greg Rachac's day one recap from that meet here.)
Pisk graduated last spring, but Freiboth and Dukart are keeping up the tradition in 2011. At the Wibaux Invite in Glendive on April 9, Freiboth posted the best Class C mark in the javelin at 165'1," second only to Glendive's Eli Bachmeier (176'6"). According to www.montanatrack.com, Freiboth's 165'1" throw is the second best Class C mark across the state so far (Victor's Kurt Manely threw 189'09" at the Florence-Darby Invitational, which is tops for all classes).
Dukart posted her top mark of the early season at the Wibaux Invite, as well. Dukart threw 117'7" to win the meet, also giving her the second best Class C mark in the state in 2011. Harrison's Taylor Statton has the state's top throw, regardless of class, at 132'10."
More Class C Results that Caught My Eye:
- Roberts' Rory Bauer had an impressive outing at the Joliet Invitational last week. Bauer scored 24 points for the Rockets, finishing second in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, and 400 meter dash. At Tuesday's Billings West Quad, he took first in the 100 and second in the 400, finishing behind West's Pow Williamson. Bauer took third at the State C meet in the 200 last year and won the 400.
- Winnett-Grass Range sophomore Martha Dembek is picking up right where she left off in the long and triple jumps. Dembek is the defending State C champion in both events, and she won both at the Joliet Invitational. In the long jump, Dembek measured a 16'2" jump, and, in the triple jump, she recorded a top mark of 34'1."
- Joliet continues to post dominant team showings, and, I know it's WAAAAY too early for this, but the J-Hawks look like they might be the favorites for both the boys and girls state team titles.
Class B Track and Field
- At the Wibaux Invite, the Glasgow girls were really good on the track. Of the 10 running events, the Scotties won six events and took second in two others. Alyssa Sanders (400 meter dash, 300 meter hurdles), Amanda McDonald (800 meter run), and Jami Johnson (1600 and 3200 meter runs) each won events, along with the 1600 meter relay team.
- Big Timber's Selene Johnson took third at the State B meet in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter runs last season. It looks like she has added the 400 meter dash as a potential state event, after winning the 400 at the Joliet Invite. She also finished in the top four in the 800, 1600, and 3200.
- East of Billings, Kodee Varner is making noise on the track in Baker. At the Wibaux Invite, Varner won the 100 meter dash (11.32), 110 meter hurdles (16.46), 300 meter hurdles (43.44), and placed third in the 200 meter dash (24.42). In the 100, Varner will get competition from Columbus' Dustin Sobrero, who has a top time of 11.18 this year with a target of 10.7.
Class A Track and Field
- At the Skyview Meet on Tuesday, Lewistown's girls posted the top Class A score, beating Billings Central, Livingston, and Miles City. McCalle Feller scored 38 of the Eagles' 69 points, winning the high jump (5'3"), long jump (15'5.5"), and triple jump (32'5"), and finishing second in the javelin (110'3").
- Billings Central's boys team is starting to build some depth. Taylor Martinson (100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, long jump), Dylan Hanser (400 meter dash, long jump, triple jump), Mikey Wall (1600 meter run, 3200 meter run), Riley Nichols (long jump, triple jump), and Josh Soares (discus, javelin) each placed in multiple events at Tuesday's Skyview Meet.
Class AA Track and Field
- Last week, I used this forum to talk about the dominance of the Billings West boys. They continued that trend, posting another big team win at the Billings Skyview Quad on Saturday. The Bears have a lot of motivation after finishing second at the State AA meet last year for the first time in five years, but, more importantly, they have a lot of depth. At the Skyview Quad, West had three athletes finish in the top six in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, long jump, high jump (top three), shot put (top three), and discuss (top three). I'm not saying they're going to have that same success the entire season, but it does demonstrate their depth across the board.
- We're going to be able to talk about the Billings West-Billings Senior girls matchup until we're blue in the face this season. Here are a few "under-the-radar" names from each team to watch when scanning meet results: Samantha Hodgson (West), Kennedy Smith (West), Keshia Stensby (West), Andre Emmett (Senior), Emma Fulton (Senior), and Sarah Snoozy (Senior).