LAUREL -- It was a seesaw day for Park City’s Brianna Gray. But it ended in splendid fashion.
After stumbling to the ground and missing out on a chance to win the 300 hurdles earlier Saturday, Gray bounced back to win the 100- and 200-meter races at the State C track and field meet at the LHS Sports Complex.
It might have been a three-win day for Gray, but she clipped the final hurdle in the 300-meter event, stumbled to the ground and failed to place. In the end, it was only a hiccup.
“I jumped a little too soon on the last hurdle,” Gray explained. “I was in either first or second (place). It was really close. I was disappointed. But I’m glad I got back up and finished.”
Gray led wire-to-wire in the 100, winning with a time of 12.71. Yet it wasn’t as easy in the 200. Gray trailed Superior’s Nicole Stroot and Darby’s Keely Ehmann down the stretch of the final 100 meters, but she found her kick to win by eight-tenths of a second with a time of 26.54.
Gray placed third in both events at the state meet last season, but she made her chance count a year later.
“I was struggling at first, but then I had to kick it in,” Gray said. “I wanted it really bad. I was like, ‘I came here to win so I might as well do it.’
“It feels awesome. My training paid off.”
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It was a western sweep for the Class C team titles. Charlo, with 62 points, won the boys championship while Superior, with 58 points, took home the girls crown.
Superior’s victory was especially impressive, considering it had just three available point-scorers -- Stroot, McKinzie Cooper and Geneva Plakke.
On Saturday, Stroot won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, and placed second in both the 100- and 200-meter sprints. That was added to her first-place finish in the long jump from Friday. In all, Stroot accounted for 48 of the Bobcats’ 58 points.
Cooper won first-place in the pole vault, while Plakke got fifth in the 3,200. Those events were held Friday.
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Terry’s Layne Lantis out-scrapped Bainville’s Chance Hyatt to win the 1,600 meters on Friday. Their battle in the 3,200 on Saturday wasn’t nearly as close.
Lantis cruised to victory in the two-mile event, beating Hyatt, the next closest finisher, by almost 23 seconds. It wasn’t Lantis’ best time, but it was by far good enough to win. He never trailed.
“I just stuck to the game plan. I was going to run this race as hard as I possibly could,” said Lantis, who will join the track and cross country programs at MSU Billings in the fall. “The entire race I thought (Hyatt) was going to be coming. I had no idea it was going to be that big of a margin. It really kind of surprised me.”
The race marked the end of a big year for Lantis. In addition to his mile and two-mile titles, he won a cross country championship last fall while running with co-op Glendive.
- Broadview-Lavina’s Abby Bymaster was the champion of the girls shot put. Bymaster unleashed a throw of 40-5½ for a comfortable win. Elsewhere, West Yellowstone’s Bailee Parker became a two-time winner Saturday. Parker added to her 800-meter title from Friday with a victory in the 1,600 meters Saturday.
- Thor Olsen of Stanford-Geyser made a splash Saturday by winning the 100 meters. Olsen out-dueled Belt’s Parker McCafferty to win the race in 11.1. Both runners were sophomores this year. McCafferty had a big meet, winning the 200 and 400.
- With a leap of 6-feet, Wibaux’s Jacob Bakken captured the high jump on Saturday. Bakken was the winner despite tying Broadview-Lavina’s Seth Christiaens and Dodson’s Nick Bear and Jimmy Martin. Culbertson’s David Manning was the shot put champion, edging Big Sandy’s Kaden Beck with a throw of 47-6½.