Spring Sports Roundup: Harwood Leads Bulldogs to Title; Track Records Fall

By Beacon Staff

The spring sports season reached a climactic ending last weekend. Here’s a roundup of several local storylines.

Class A Track: Whitefish Boys Win Title

Senior Logan Harwood won three individual state titles and guided Whitefish to its first team championship since 2008.

Harwood won the 200, 400 and 800 at the Class A state meet in Laurel last weekend. He also placed fourth in the 100.

All together, Harwood scored 38 of Whitefish’s 78 points on his own. The Bulldogs edged Billings Central by nine points. Beaverhead County was third with 64. The title is Whitefish’s ninth overall — 1954, ’58, ’97, ’98, ’03, ’04, ’06, ’08 and ’13.

Keaton Grove won the 110 hurdles title. He also placed sixth in the 300 hurdles. Iaian Cameron placed fifth in the 400. Jace Kalbfleisch was fourth in the 3,200. Sean Foley placed second in pole vault and fifth in the long jump. Gage Smith was fifth place in the shot put. Luke May earned fourth in javelin.

The Bulldogs short relay team won the title and the long relay team placed sixth.

Columbia Falls scored 20 points. Ty Morgan placed second in the javelin. The 1,600 relay earned third. Nakia Alexander earned third in the triple jump.

Polson’s Riley Sampson won the state title in the shot put and placed second in the discus.

AA State Track: Glacier Boys Claim Second Place Again

Junior Todd Ogden broke the state record in the javelin to win his third straight title and the Glacier boys brought home a second place team trophy for the second year in a row from the Class AA state meet.

Ogden threw the javelin 210-8 in Bozeman, breaking the previous Class AA record of 205-6, set by Chris Reno of Billings West in 2005. The all-class state record is 213-04, set by Nate Bache of Thompson Falls in 2005.

According to the Montana High School Association, Ogden became just the third athlete to win three javelin titles or more in state history. Chip Young of Malta won three championships between 1972-74. Another Malta product, Craig Stiles, won four titles between 1968-71.

The Glacier boys earned 73 points. Missoula Big Sky won its first team championship, scoring 87 points.

Glacier senior Troy Fraley placed second in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Kyle Griffith earned second in the long jump and third in the triple jump; Taylor Hulslander was second in the javelin; Shelton Todd was third in the javelin; Evan Epperly placed third in the 400 and sixth in the 200; Logan Jones earned sixth in the 100; Kade McCutcheon was sixth in the 3,200; Rial Gunlikson was fourth in the triple jump; Noah James was fifth in the 110 hurdles; and the long relay team placed fifth.

Hellgate senior Adam Peterman broke the all-class state record and Class AA state record in the 3,200. Peterman posted 9:12.38. The old all-class record of 9:13.3 was set by Gordon Ruttenbur of Deer Lodge in 1982. Flathead’s Seth Watkins set the Class AA state record, 9:16.18, in 2001.

The Wolfpack placed second as a team last year, scoring 72.75 points.

AA State Track: Tokarz Breaks Longstanding Jump Record

On his way to winning two state titles, Flathead senior Matthew Tokarz broke the AA state record and the all-class state record in the triple jump.

Tokarz jumped 48-9.5 in Bozeman last weekend. Harry Clark of Cascade set the previous all-class mark of 48-2 in 1983. Gary Minor of Great Falls set the AA record of 47-6 in 1972.

Tokarz won the long jump title with a leap of 22-7.75.

Flathead senior Zach Perrin won the 1,600 title in 4:14.99, barely missing the all-class record held by Flathead’s David Vidal.

Perrin also placed third in the 3,200 and 800.

Matt Quist earned fifth in the high jump. Dillon Thomas placed sixth in the 110 hurdles. Cylan Creek tied for sixth in the pole vault.

Flathead totaled 47 points for sixth place.

Class A State Track: Schulz Brings Home Another Three Titles

Whitefish junior Marlow Schulz won three individual state titles in Laurel. Schulz successfully defended her crowns in the 100, 200 and 400. The Whitefish short relay team placed second. Sarah Latcham earned fourth in the 800.

The Whitefish girls scored 54 points and placed fourth as a team. Corvallis won its second consecutive team title with 185 points. Sidney was runner-up with 60 points. Belgrade was third, 54.

AA State Track: Johnson Successfully Defends Triple Jump Title

Senior Kwyn Johnson won the state championship in the Class AA triple jump for the second year in a row, leaping 37-10.

Johnson set the AA state record last year with a jump of 38-4.75.

Dani Davis earned second in the 100 and sixth in the 200. Cassie Krueger was fifth in the high jump and Emma Andrews was sixth. Andrews also earned second in the long jump. Rhiannon Sturgess was sixth in the 300 hurdles. Jaclyn Rauthe was third in the long jump. Janae Moon was sixth in the triple jump. Lizzie Sherwood was third in the javelin. The Flathead short relay team earned fourth and the long relay was sixth.

Flathead placed fourth as a team with 50.5 points. Billings Senior won its third consecutive girls team title with 100.5 points. Helena was second with 54 and Billings West was third with 53.

Glacier scored 34 points and placed eighth.

Keyawna Larson won the state title in the javelin. Leah Cook earned second in the triple jump. Anna Deleray earned third in the 800. Tessa Krueger was third in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Katie Wiley earned fifth in the triple jump.

Morgan Sulser of Billings Senior set the all-class record in the 100 hurdles, clocking 14.11. Claudine Robinson of Missoula Hellgate set the previous all-class and AA record of 14.34 in 1989.

Liz Harper of Missoula Sentinel broke the all-class record in the 300 hurdles. Harper posted 42.87. The previous all-class record of 43.34 was set by Mariah Guilfoyle of Malta in 2000. Paula Payne of Great Falls C.M. Russell set the AA mark in 2002, 43.54.

Class B State Track: Morley Earns Second in Distance Events

Chiara Warner saved her best for last.

The senior from Broadwater passed Bigfork’s Makena Morley for three state championships on the track in Bozeman.

Warner also set state records in all three races. She won the 800 in 2:10.52, breaking the 2009 state record (2:14.18) set by Bobbi Knudsen of Malta. Warner won the 1,600 in 4:48.24, breaking the all-class and B records. Heidi Lane of Great Falls C.M. Russell set the previous all-class mark (4:55.18) in 2002. Sabrina Monro of Boulder set the B record (5:03.29) in 1998. And in the 3,200, Warner won in 10:35.85, surpassing Monro’s previous B record of 10:46.12.

Morley placed second in all three events. She posted 2:17.04 in the 800; 5:05.46 in the 1,600 and 11:21.59 in the 3,200.

Warner has talked about Morley’s influence in the past and clearly was motivated to catch up to her younger competitor before graduating.

Mattison McAnally from Bigfork placed sixth in the 300 hurdles.

On the boys side, Bigfork’s Josh Sandry placed fourth in the high jump. Logan Morley was fourth in the 3,200. Chance Kittle earned fifth in the 800 and Austin Gordon was sixth in the 100.

AA State Softball: Glacier Finishes in Third Place

The Wolfpack earned its first top-three trophy at the Class AA state softball tournament in Great Falls last weekend.

Glacier lost to eventual champ Great Falls in the semifinals, 8-6, and dropped a loser-out game against Billings West, 13-0, to finish in third place.

Great Falls defeated West 6-4 in the title game.

Glacier won its first two games at state, beating Butte 1-0 and Billings West 7-4. The Wolfpack, the Western AA conference champs, end the season with a 16-7 record.

Class A State Softball: Frenchtown Unseats Polson

Frenchtown scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh and defeated three-time defending champ Polson 2-1 in eight innings for the Class A state softball title in Belgrade.

The Class A state softball tournament became a showcase of Northwestern A talent. The Broncs (24-3) earned the program’s first championship since 2009 and eighth overall.

Frenchtown beat Polson earlier in the quarterfinals 5-0 and then Columbia Falls 4-3 in the semifinals. Polson ousted Columbia Falls 4-2 in the third-place game before advancing to the state final. The Lady Pirates finished 25-3.

Class A State Tennis: Polson Boys Tie for Title

The Polson boys tennis team tied for its first Class A state tennis championship with Billings Central last weekend.

Both Polson and Billings Central earned 34 points.

Dylan McCrumb of Polson placed second after losing to Dillon Meyer of Billings, 6-2, 6-0, in the singles final. Brady Hislop earned third place. Layne Zimmerman and Hayden Congdon earned third place in doubles.

Corvallis, which had won three titles in a row, placed third with 21 points.

Corvallis won the girls team championship, scoring 28 points. Dawson County was second with 25 points and Billings Central scored 21.

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