Great Falls High School track and field mentor Bill Polk was very pleased with his team’s presentation Friday afternoon against Billings Skyview at Memorial Stadium, despite the boys and girls splitting up.
The Bison boys earned a 91-54 team win that saw no less than two members advance to the State AA meet at Butte in May.
The Bison Girls, however, weren’t so lucky – dropping an 88-57 tally to the Falcons.
“Skyview is a tough team, and we’ll make it through,” Polk said via text message. “We competed hard and scored in every event.”
The Bison boys earned their win even missing the serves of junior sprinter/jumper Reed Harris.
“He wasn’t available to be with us this week,” Polk said of the 6-6 Harris. “But he will be traveling with us to Glacier next week.”
Sophomore Ryan Harrington qualified for the state in two events, clocking a school best 4:33.12 in the metric mile as the Bison swept the top five spots in the event and then clocked a time of 9 : 53.12 at 3200 leading another Bison sweep.
Harrington opened his eyes as a rookie last year with his fifth-place finish in the 3,200 (9:43.7) at the state meet, and nothing has changed this year.
“We’re just looking to keep improving and keep climbing the ranks,” Harrington said. “It was (his time in the 1600) exactly what I was looking for, I ran a fairly consistent race.
“Everything went smoothly and according to plan.”
Polk was equally impressed: “I think our distance team stole the show from the boys. Coach (Bob) Stingley did a great job with them, and Harrington qualified for two events under the conditions of today was huge.”
Garrett Nelson and Ashtyn Rask each had personal bests in the 400 and 800, respectively – Nelson reached the finish line in 52.83, while Rask won the 800 in 2:11.13.
Le Bison also ran the 4-by-100-meter relay in 45.19 seconds, while Harrington raced the third leg of the 4-by-400 relay, which won in a time of 3:40.71.
Ryan Krahe and Wyatt DeVoss went 1-2 on the drive, with Krahe throwing a better 133-2.
He scratched on a 132-2 throw: “I felt my foot pop out and I thought, ‘Dang!’ But, it happens.
“I think (the winning throw) was my PR, so I’m pretty happy with that. I’m looking forward to improving every week.”
DeVoss took second with a 125-05 shot.
Zack Newton had a winning shot of 43-11.5 in the shot put, and again DeVoss was right behind with a heave of 41-0.75. Teige Hansen took third place with a 40-3 shot.
Scott Klinker qualified in the long jump with a jump of 21-10.75 and led another Bison sweep of the top three spots. Eli Pike was second and Jraden Hathaway third.
Hathaway had a personal best 41-5 in the triple jump, and Devron Brewer cleared 5-10 to set a school mark in the high jump.
For the girls, Polk said rookie Abby MacDonald narrowly missed qualifying in two events, finishing second in the 100 meters with a personal best 13.11, winning both the 200 with a score of 28.4 and the triple jump with a leap of 33-10. .
Katie Slade threw the javelin 92-7 to claim victory in this event for Great Falls, who had a 1-2-3 sweep in the high jump: senior Averi Buglione, rookie Savanah Newsom and sophomore Addisyn Rask all had jumps of 4-3 to top the peloton.
The Lady Bison also swept the top five in the long jump, with Maliyah Hicks winning the jump 16-8.
“We stayed healthy and we want to keep improving next week at Kalispell Glacier.
This meeting will take place Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Legends Field in Kalispell. The Crosstown Freshman meeting with CMR takes place the same day at 4 at Memorial Stadium.