Valley tracksters finish season strong
The Mission Valley produced several individual medalists during both the 2022 MHSA Class B/C Track and Field Championships hosted in Great Falls and the Class A Track and Field Championships hosted in Butte on Friday and Saturday.
Ronan Chiefs’ senior Payton Cates captured the top podium spot in the high jump with a jump of six feet, two inches. Cates also placed sixth in the triple jump.
Also for the Chiefs, Rueben Couture finished in fifth place in the 300-meter hurdles posting a time of 42.17 seconds.
Ronan Maiden Olivia Heiner picked up two top five state finishes, placing fourth in the 1600 and fifth place in the 800.
Kylie Fetui in the javelin and Leina Ulutoa in the triple jump both placed eighth for the Maidens.
Polson Lady Pirate Ashtyn Wagner picked up a pair of top ten state finishes by placing ninth in the 1600 and tenth in the 800, while teammate Halle Heninger finished sixth in the 3200 and placed twelfth in the 1600.
Also for the Lady Pirates, Taleah Hernandez place fourth in the pole vault with a vault of nine feet, six inches, and Hannah Simpson in the 400 meters finished sixteenth.
Finally, Polson Pirate junior Drifter Skillicorn nabbed a twelfth-place finish in the long jump.
Mission Bulldog Bryce Umphrey finished third in the long jump with a mark of 21-01.50, followed by fellow Bulldog Charles Adams in fifteenth place. Umphrey also posted a ninth place finish in the triple jump.
Umphrey wasn’t the only Bulldog to pick up state hardware. Andrew Rush finished fifth in the 1600, tenth in the 3200, and fourteenth in the 800.
Rounding out the top twenty state finishers for Mission, Canyon Sargent finished seventh in the shot put, Kellen McClure placed twelfth in the javelin, and Zoran LaFrombois finished fifteenth in the 3200.
Arlee’s Charley Crawford was the top Warrior finisher during the state meet, finishing in sixteenth place in the javelin.
After placing sixth in the shot put at the divisional meet last weekend and battling back from a complete ACL tear back in October, Shonlea Matt, the lone Arlee Scarlett to make the road trip to state this season, placed twentieth in the shot put preliminaries.
In Class C, Charlo Vikings and Lady Vikings placed several athletes in the top twenty.
Tucker Love took fourth in the javelin, recording a mark of 157 feet, six inches. Hayden Smith finished fifth in the 3200 with a time of 10:28.17 and eighth in the 1600, while Keaton Piedalue finished eleventh in the 400 meters, and Hayden Hollow placed seventh in the 800.
For the Lady Vikings, Kyla Tomlin tied for tenth in the pole vault and finished fourteenth in both the shot put and javelin.