Track Athletes Shine at Archie Roe

By Beacon Staff

Whitefish sprinter Marlow Schulz continued her impressive freshman year with three victories at the 37th annual Archie Roe Invitational on May 7 at Legends Stadium in Kalispell.

Schulz swept the sprinting events with victories in the 100, 200 and 400 meters. Her performance helped Whitefish win the overall girls title at the 15-team track meet. The Bulldogs scored 99 points, edging Flathead with 92 and Glacier with 86.

Schulz’s winning times were 12.90 in the 100, 26.23 in the 200 and 58.70 in the 400, which is one of the best times in Montana in that event. Teammate Amanda Foley finished second in both the 100 and 200, and fourth in the 400.

The big day at Archie Roe was just the most recent strong showing for Schulz. The freshman has also been the top sprinter at other meets, including the Whitefish ARM track meet on April 30. She won both the 100 and 200 in Whitefish.

Charles Old Chief of Browning equaled Schulz’s feat in the boys events. Old Chief won the 100 in 11.55 seconds, the 200 in 23.09 and the 400 in 50.98.

Glacier senior Jacob Leininger yet again swept the hurdle events, including a dominant victory in the 110-meter hurdles. Leininger’s time of 14.90 seconds significantly outpaced the second-place time of 16.52 seconds. His winning time in the 300-meter hurdles was 39.95.

Leininger was also a member of the first-place 400-meter relay team, along with Kyle Griffith, Aaron Mitchell and Andrew Nelson.

As a team, Glacier was strong across the board and claimed the top spot with 134 points, beating Flathead with 76.5 and Columbia Falls with 74.

Flathead sophomore Zach Perrin won the 1,600 and 3,200 meters with times of 4:33.54 and 9:36.30. In the 1,600, he was pushed by Glacier’s Troy Fraley, who finished second in 4:35.66.

Glacier junior Lexy Boschee, after a long hiatus to rest her sore shins, won both events she entered. She edged Polson’s Breanne Kelley in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.17 seconds to Kelley’s 16.33.

Boschee won the high jump with a leap of 5-6, better than a half-foot over everybody else in the field except second-place Marti Eaglefeathers of Browning. Eaglefeathers jumped 5-1.

Whitefish senior Jessica Sagen won the 1,600 in 5:32.75 and finished second to Missoula Hellgate’s Paige Gilchrist in the 3,200. Gilchrist’s time in the 3,200 was 11:17.70 and Sagen’s was 11:41.30.

Bigfork senior Mallery Knoll won the 300 hurdles in 47.52 seconds. Glacier senior Heather Fraley won 800 with a time of 2:19.81. Flathead’s Kwyn Johnson won the triple jump at 36-2 1/2.

Flathead junior Tess Brenneman’s winning long jump mark of 16-11 3/4 beat Eaglefeathers’ jump of 16-6 1/2. Brenneman was also a member of Flathead’s winning 400-meter relay team, along with Chelsea Shuman, Jaclyn Rauthe and Dani Davis.

Glacier’s girls won the 1,600-meter relay with a team consisting of Fraley, Kearston Hedges, Mercede Erickson and Anna Deleray. Their time of 50.43 was slightly faster than Whitefish’s 50.74.

Derrick Williams of Columbia Falls won the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.80, beating out his teammate Justin Whitman, who finished in 1:59.30. Whitman was also a member of the winning 1,600-meter relay team with Billy Gross, Daniel Jones and Anthony Correa.

Glacier’s Tanner Morrison won the discus with a throw of 162-10 and teammate Todd Ogden won the javelin at 166 feet. Whitefish’s Drew Galbraith took first place in the high jump at 6-1.

Taylor Firestone of Plains won the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 21-6 1/2 and 44-4, respectively.

Final team results for boys were: Glacier 134, Flathead 76.5, Columbia Falls 74, Hellgate 63.5, Whitefish 35, Browning 32, Ronan-St. Ignatius 30, Libby 25, Plains 24, Polson 11.5, Shelby 7, Bigfork 6.5, Loyola Sacred Heart 4, Eureka 4.

Final team results for girls were: Whitefish 99, Flathead 92, Glacier 86, Hellgate 62, Polson 47, Loyola Sacred Heart 34, Bigfork 20, Browning 20, Plains 19, Cut Bank 16, Libby 14, Ronan St-Ignatius 8, Eureka 6, Columbia Falls 3, Shelby 1.

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