Track Season Hits its Stride

By Beacon Staff

Just like that, track season is already down to its final weeks.

The Whitefish A.R.M. meet is May 3. The Archie Roe Invitational at Legends Stadium is May 10.

Here’s a breakdown of local athletes who are among the best in the state thus far. These are through April 28 and won’t include results from Tuesday’s event at Legends Stadium. For a complete deep list of track results, visit

Christian Langston, a junior from Eureka, hit 10.93 in the 100-meter dash at the Bigfork Invitational, the second fastest time in the state for all classes.

Sean Foley, a senior at Whitefish, ran 11.10 in the 100 dash, the second fastest time in Class A. Foley also ranks second in Class A in the long jump, with 21-1.

Glacier senior Evan Epperly has the second fastest 400 time in the state. He clocked 50.15 at last weekend’s Swede Dahlberg Invitational in Butte. Only Kyle Nickol of Helena Capital has been faster (49.63).

Glacier senior Nathan Connell has run the fastest 800 time in Class AA, and second fastest overall. Connell ran 1:57.44, barely one second behind Hamilton’s Karill Apendaile.

Glacier junior Kade McCutcheon broke 10 minutes in the 3,200 race, clocking 9:58 in Butte. His time is fifth fastest in the state, and third fastest in Class AA. Flathead junior Sylas Schutt has run 10:01, just behind McCutcheon on the deep list.

Keaton Grove, a junior at Whitefish, ranks second in Class A in the 110 hurdles. He ran 15.55 at the Missoula County Public Schools Invitational.

Flathead junior Jess Beaman ranks first in the state in the long jump after landing 21-9 at the Class A Invitational at Legends Stadium.

Nakia Alexander of Columbia Falls ranks first in Class A in the triple jump, and second overall in Montana, having landed 43-0.25.

Flathead senior Matt Quist leaped 6-7 in the high jump, the best in the state by two inches. Teammate Chade Gonter achieved 6-3.

Lonnie Sherman of Glacier is tops in Montana in the pole vault. The senior cleared 14-6.

Sam Nelson, a sophomore at Glacier, ranks third in Class AA in the discus, throwing 157-2. Teammate Zach Dennehy is fourth with 153-2.

Whitefish sophomore Luke May is the top javelin thrower in Montana. May his 187-1, nearly two feet further than the runner-up thrower.

Whitefish senior Marlow Schulz has the third fastest 400 time in the state, and second fastest in Class A. Schulz ran 58.7. Schulz also ranks second in Class A in the 800, with 2:17.

Makena Morley ran 2:16 in the 800, the fastest time in Class B and the fourth fastest time overall. Morley also broke the five-minute mark in the 1,600, running 4:57 at the Seeley-Swan Invitational, the fastest time in the state for all classes.

Rhiannon Sturgess, a senior at Flathead, has the second fastest 300 hurdle time in Montana, 46.41, and the fourth fastest 100 hurdle time in Class AA, 15.61.

Carla Nicosia, a junior at Columbia Falls, landed the second best triple jump in Montana, leaping 36-7.25.

Tessa Krueger, a junior at Glacier, is third in Class AA in the shot put, having thrown 38-11.

Glacier junior Keyawna Larson ranks third in Class AA in the javelin, with 130-1.

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