Projections are based off the 2014 deep lists posted on www.montanatrack.com.
Sidney travels to Miles City Saturday to compete in the Eastern A divisional meet against its conference teams Glendive, Miles City, Hardin, Billings Central and Laurel. For some athletes, Saturday is the final shot to qualify for the state meet held May 30-31 in Butte.
Sidney girls strong candidates for title
Sidney’s girls fell short of first place in last year’s divisional meet as Billings Central scored 139 to take the title. This season, however, Sidney’s talented returning group has led it to be a favorite in the division, and state projections predict the Lady Eagles to place fourth.
Obstacles don’t really stand in Lexi Prevost’s way. The Sidney senior leads the Eastern A in both hurdling events. Prevost PR’d at the Sidney Invite with a time of 16.31 in the 100-meter event while her most recent best was in the 300-meter hurdles (47.43) at the Jock Stop Invite.
With senior Erin Harris leading the way with a 10-6 mark, Sidney’s girls shouldn’t be worried about losing their dominance in the pole vault – an event that the team has done traditionally well in. Following Harris with qualifying marks going into divisionals are sophomore Aubrey Kessel (10-3), Prevost (10-0) and sophomore Harmonie Hampton (9-6).
Harris was second in last year’s state track meet behind former teammate Jalyssa Gorder who won the Class A title with a 10-6 mark. Prevost tied for fourth.
In Friday’s Jock Stop Invite in Glendive, Daryn Wolff PR’d in the discus (124-2.5). The Sidney senior doesn’t have much to worry about in the Eastern A for the event. Hardin senior Bethany Rides Horse is further down the deep list with a mark of 116-4. Wolff’s new mark leads her to trail Corvallis’ Courtney Albright’s distance of 127-2 who leads Class A.
Sidney senior Sheridan Sundheim has yet to exceed a 5-0 mark in the high jump, and Saturday will be her final chance to do so. Miles City’s Kadie Heinle and Billings Central’s Jade Smith have reached 5-2.
April 19 was a day of personal bests for both Sidney’s Harris and Hardin’s Ride Horse. Harris ranks second in Class A after she PR’d at 128-10. Unfortunately for Harris, she only comes second to Ride Horse who not only leads Class A but all classes. The girls javelin event is not something to miss Saturday.
Other athletes to look for:
100-meter dash: Kyra Elmer, Laurel, 12.84
200-meter dash: Katelyn Eastburn, Glendive, 26.45; Kyra Elmer, Laurel, 26.79
400-meter dash: Kendra Zander, Glendive, 1:01.52
1,600-meter run: Austyn Copp, Glendive, 5:23.58; Emily Regan, Miles City, 5:36.4; Morgan McDonnel, Billings Central, 5:37.14
3,200-meter run: Austyn Copp, Glendive, 11:53.64; Emily Regan, Miles City, 12:17.94
1,600-meter relay: Billings Central, 4:25.21; Laurel, 4:25.28
Long jump: Halie Warren, Miles City, 16-5.5
Triple jump: Carly Svenvold, Glendive, 33-4
Shot put: Bethany Rides Horse, Hardin, 39-1; Keaunna Mason, Hardin, 37-1
Javelin: Anna Old Crow, Hardin, 114-11.5
Eagles’ face tough Eastern A competition
He’s fast. He’s quick. He’s Sidney senior Caleb Benson. His speed isn’t news. Benson already posted state-qualifying times in the 200-meter dash (22.95) and in the 400-meter dash (51.79). But there’s always room for improvement, right?
Sidney boys’ relay team has already shown dominance in the conference with qualifying times in the 400-meter (45.49) and in the 1,600-meter event (3:34.51).
The only Eastern A team faster than the Eagles in the 400-meter event is Glendive who’s relay team recorded its best time in the event (43.78).
Three’s a crowd for Eastern A pole vaulters, and Saturday should get interesting toward the 13-0 mark. Glendive’s Taylor Schwartz leads the conference at 14-1. Teammate Dillon Silvernale is close behind (14-0). Sidney’s Logan Thiel ranks third in the Eastern A (13-1).
Benson has tough competition in the javelin. Only a few inches separate Benson (171-1) from Miles City’s Beau Peaslee (171-7). Sean Ward, Billings Central, leads the Eastern A with 175-10. Ward’s teammate Zach Cullen, also qualified for state (167-10).
Sidney junior Tyler Quilling leads the Eastern A in the triple jump. He had an early-season qualifying mark at the Baker Invite (42-1). Glendive’s Dillon Silvernale should also have a good performance in the event (41-11).
Other notable performers:
100-meter dash: Colter Bachmeier, Glendive, 11.33
800-meter run: Austin Stradley, Miles City, 2:00.99; Ty Mogan, Laurel, 2:01.13
1,600-meter run: Ty Mogan, Laurel, 4:31.72; Ashton Jones, Glendive, 4:39.53
3,200-meter run: Ty Mogan, Laurel, 9:53.45; Brandon Kanta, Laurel, 10:23.5
110-meter hurdles: Zac Allen, Laurel, 15.68; Ben Herzog, Miles City, 15.91
300-meter hurdles: Zac Allen, Laurel, 41.35; Jayson Lundberg, Hardin, 41.45; Tanner Schwartz, Glendive, 41.63
Long jump: Timmy Regan, Miles City, 21-8.5; Tanner Schwartz, Glendive, 20-11.5; Taylor Schwartz, Glendive, 20-5.25; Holden Ryan, Billings Central, 20-3
High jump: Tanner Schwartz, Glendive, senior, 6-0
Shot put: Beau Peaslee, Miles City, junior threw, 49-9