BOZEMAN -- Carter Theade picked a great time to be great.
The Red Lodge senior entered the State B track meet Friday with a personal best of 10 feet, six inches in the pole vault. But she went above and beyond at Bozeman High’s Van Winkle Stadium, soaring to 11-3 to win the event and set the state Class B record.
Theade was equally surprised and thrilled after going nine inches higher than she’d ever gone before and topping the previous record of 11 feet set by Missoula Loyola's Alison Hixon in 2005.
"I really wasn't expecting to break the record coming into this," said an excited Theade after her win. “I’ve been kind of stuck at 10-6 all year, so to come out and get 11 and then to go on to get the state record, I'm just ... I mean, I'm in shock. It's just amazing."
When Theade, Huntley Project's Bailey Cranford and Hope Reid of Thompson Falls each cleared 10-6, meet officials were going to move the bar up to 10-9. But the three remaining competitors insisted on moving the bar up to 11 feet.
"Going up to 11, I was like, 'OK, you know, no one's expecting this out of you, so let's just go,'" said Theade. “And then I got it on the first try. I wanted to cry at first."
Theade's first miss of the meet didn't come until her first attempt at 11-3. And when she cleared the state-record height, she bumped the bar. It precariously teetered on the stands, before coming to a rest.
"You're just looking up and you're like, 'Come on, please, please, please,'" Theade said. "Because you hear people cheering and you're like, 'If this falls off, that's just gonna really suck.' When it stayed on, I was ecstatic."
Reid finished second at 11 feet and Cranford finished third at 10-6.
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Dustin Sobrero didn’t run as fast as his buddy Nolan Saraceni on Friday, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t fast.
Sobrero, a Columbus senior and the defending Class B champ in the 100 and 200, clocked times of 11.01 and 22.78 in Friday’s prelims. The 11.01 tied the Class B state record, but the mark was ruled to be wind-aided.
Billings Senior speedster Saraceni, the defending Class AA champ in the 100 and 200, got Sobrero’s attention when he ran a 10.74 in Friday’s prelims -- the fastest time in the state this year.
“It’s fun seeing him run a time like that,” said Sobrero. “Nolan and I have become good friends … before this year we kind of just knew who each other were, but this year we’ve starting talking a lot and become friends. He’s a great kid.”
The two have gone head-to-head in the 100 twice this season -- at the Swede Dahlberg meet in Butte and the Midland Roundtable Top 10 meet in Laurel -- and Sobrero has won both times.
“It’s great running against the AA guys … the competition has definitely helped me,” said Sobrero. “That’s why I went to the Dahlberg meet, and I’m really glad I did.”
Will Sobrero and Saraceni be comparing times when they run in separate races today?
“No, I don’t think so,” said Sobrero. “We’ll just be rooting for each other to win. That’s the main thing. Today was just the trials … (Saturday) is when it counts.”
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No one was more dominant on the track Friday than Chiara Warner of Townsend.
The senior standout shattered the Class B record in the 800 by four seconds with a time of 2:10.52, then came back two hours later to obliterate the Class B record in the 3,200 by nine seconds with a time of 10:35.85.
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Jeff Fisher of Baker emerged on top in a three-way battle of Eastern B throwers in the discus. Fisher threw 156-1 to win the event, followed by Tucker Yates of Colstrip at 154-7 and Chase Brumfield of Shepherd at 146-11.
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Brandi Rust of Colstrip captured the title in the girls discus, throwing 116 feet even to edge Kourtney Coverdell of Fairfield by nearly two feet.
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Other Class B boys placers Friday included Ty Bermes of Joliet second in the javelin, Andy Nordstrom of Red Lodge second in the 400, Quinn Entenmann of Red Lodge second in the pole vault, Tony Halverson of Roundup third in the javelin, Chase Fossum of Glasgow fourth in the 400, Kaden Bedwell of Malta fourth in the javelin, Garrett Frieling of Huntley Project fifth in the pole vault, Tyus Mendoza of Colstrip fifth in the 1,600, Travis Koenig of Baker sixth in the 1,600, Tucker Schye of Malta sixth in the discus, Malachi Emmons of Broadus sixth in the javelin.
Other Class B girls placers Friday included Jere Dennehy of Colstrip second in the long jump, Megan Dailey of Glasgow third in the long jump, Paitton Herbst of Baker third in the 3,200, Daniela Russell of Red Lodge third in the 400, Bailee Green of Roundup fourth in the 3,200, Paige Harris of Plentywood fourth in the 400, Rachael Buzanowski of Huntley Project fourth in the pole vault, Ashley Olson of Plentywood fifth in the 400, Josie Braaten of Glasgow fifth in the 3,200, Shay Shelhamer of Shepherd fifth in the 800, Brenna King of Malta fifth in the discus, Rachel Zeiger of Glasgow fourth in the 800 and sixth in the 400, Kyla Rouane of Columbus sixth in the pole vault and Kelsey Bohl of Huntley Project sixth in the long jump.