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FRENCHTOWN — High school track and field teams from around the Mission Valley area opened their respective 2022 seasons with strong top ten showings during the 20 team Frenchtown Invitational hosted at the Lyle Bagnell Stadium in Frenchtown on Saturday.

The Class B Mission Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs notched 11 top 10 finishes during the mixed class event.

Zoran LaFrombois, with a time of 10:49.00, finished first in the 3200, followed by teammate Robbie Nuila in sixth place. Also in the 3200, Lady Bulldog Kooper Page placed seventh.

Andrew Rush tied for fourth in the 1600 with a time of 4:46.00, while Kellen McClure placed fifth in the javelin.

Charles Adams, Canyon Sargent, and Bryce Umphrey all posted multiple top ten finishes for the Bulldogs. Umphrey, with a jump of 39-02.50, finished second in the triple jump and placed fifth in the long jump. Adams placed third in the long jump and sixth in the 100 meter dash, while Sargent in the high jump finished ninth, and tenth in the shot put.

For the Class A Ronan Chiefs, Payton Cates, with a jump of 6-03.00, nabbed top spot in the high jump, and Connor Durglo in the triple jump placed fourth.

Adriana Tatukivei raced to a third-place finish in the 100 meter dash with a time of 13.24, and placed fifth in the 200 meters for the Ronan Maidens.

Olivia Heiner placed fourth in the 1600, Rylie Lindquist finished sixth in the javelin, and in the triple jump Katie Dolence finished tenth.

Top ten finishers for the Polson Lady Pirates were Taleah Hernandez third place in the pole vault, and Adison Carlson who finished third in the 3200. Isabel Seeley placed fourth in the 3200, Ashtyn Wagner finished eighth in the 800, and Hannah Simpson in the 400 meters placed ninth.

David Bjorge led the way for the Pirates with a seventh-place finish in the 3200, followed by Ethan McCauley who finished ninth in both the 100 meter dash and javelin. Also for the Pirates, Michelle Daleby placed tenth in the 100 meter dash. 

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