Ten Fingers

Manhattan’s boys display 10 fingers after winning their 10th straight District 5B Meet championship Saturday at Van Winkle Stadium in Bozeman.

BOZEMAN — Manhattan easily won its 10th straight District 5B track and field championship Saturday at Van Winkle Stadium. The Tigers scored 201 points to win the meet, which was 57 points ahead of Big Timber. Townsend was third with 104 points, while Three Forks finished with 11 points.

“Despite the final team score, our boys really didn’t have their best day,” said Manhattan coach John Sillitti. “It was nice to win our 10th straight district championship — making it an even decade has nice ring to it, but our athletes and coaches know we have a lot of places where we can improve, and I’m pleased that’s where our focus is.”

One of the seniors who has been a part of the past three championships is Austin Oldenburger. The thrower placed in two events, taking second in the shot put with a heave of 44-feet, 2.50-inches. He had a throw of 136-feet, 3-inches to take fourth in the discus.

“It’s been great,” said Oldenburger. “I doubt many schools can feel this winning steak. We have such a strong track program. And with guys that we have it should keep going.”

How have the Tigers managed to win 10 straight district crowns? Oldenburger noted it’s been a team effort from the freshmen to the seniors.

“Everybody wants to perform their best,” he said. “Not winning it for themselves, but for the team. That’s really cool. And we have great coaches.”

Caleb Neth, a sophomore, is in his second year with the Tigers and has tasted victory both years.

“I started with those seniors,” he noted. “We just kept the tradition on. We have great kids out this year. We’re excited what we can do. Hopefully when I’m a senior we can win our twelfth straight.”

Neth finished as a triple winner. He won the 400 with a time of 51.82 seconds, had a time of 41.72 seconds in the 300 hurdles and leaped 21-feet, 2-inches to win the long jump.

Neth was also second in the 110 hurdles in 15.93 seconds, and ran a leg on the Tigers’ winning 400 relay team, which posed a time of 44.99 seconds.

“I’m just excited on what I can do and what the team can do,” said Neth. “I had a PR in long jump by a foot. I had a PR in the 300 by a half of second. I ran the 400 for the first time. Our relay team had a good time.”

Oldenburger didn’t feel his discus throw was the best, and in the shot put he finished behind teammate Alec Nehring. The sophomore finished as a triple winner after taking the shot put with a heave of 48-feet, 6.50-inches. He won the discus with a throw of 147-feet, 11-inches and the triple jump with a leap of 40-feet, 7.50-inches. Nehring was also was third in the long jump.

Jerry Townsend and Chase Barta were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the shot put. Townsend also finished fifth in the discus. Jordan Delgatty had a throw of 146-feet, 4-inches to finish second in the javelin.

Tony Krogstad took home two second place finishes. The sophomore had a time of 4:53.10 to finish behind Big Timber’s Darren Hecker in the 1,600. Krogstad was also behind Hecker in the 3,200 with a time of 10:38.

The Tigers’ Ivan Colmenero was third in the 3,200 with a time of 11:16.50 and fourth in the 1,600. David Schachman finished sixth in the 1,600.

Cody McCloud won the pole vault, clearing the bar at 12-feet. Conner Cross was close behind McCloud with a vault of 10-feet, 6-inches. Cross was also second in the 400, running a time of 52.14 seconds, and fourth in the 100. Shondel Connerton was fourth at 9-6 and sixth in the high jump.

Turner Stone was third in the 100 with a time of 11.79 seconds. He finished in 23.92 in the 200 to finish third and was fifth in the long jump.

The biggest surprise came in the final race of the day. Manhattan has won the 1,600 relay just about every year. But this year is was Townsend winning the race with a time of 3:38.34. The Tigers posted a time of 3:38.74 for second.

Manhattan did win the 400 relay with a time of 44.99 seconds. Townsend followed with a time of 45.09.

For Three Forks it was just a matter of barely missing out on a trip to the divisional meet. Tyler Gootkin and Jake Colberg were seventh and eighth in the 400. Gootkin ran a time of 54.09, while Colberg finished in 54.43.

“We had a lot of near misses,” said Three Forks coach Tracy Welter. “We had a lot of near misses in field events.

Colberg, a junior, did place in the 800 with a time of 2:08.56 for third.

Ryan Lane punched a ticket to the divisional meet with a sixth place finish in the 3,200, running it in a time of 12:04.12.

Three Forks will be sending both relay teams. The 400 team posted a time of 56.44 for fifth. The Wolves also finished fifth in the 1,600 relay.

Trent Kotter finished in a tie for sixth in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 9-feet, 6-inches.

District 5B Meet

(at Van Winkle Stadium, Bozeman)

Team scores: 1, Manhattan 201; 2, Big Timber 144; 3, Townsend 104; 4, Jefferson 33; 5, Whitehall 32; 6, Three Forks 11.

100 - 1, Eliot Schulte, Tow, 11.56. 2, Pat McCarthy, Whi, 11.73. 3, Turner Stone, Man, 11.79. 4, Conner Cross, Man, 11.83. 5, Walker LaVoy, BT, 12.00. 6, Raven Martin, BT, 12.16.

200 - 1, Pat McCarthy, Whi, 23.22. 2, Eliot Schulte, Tow, 23.23. 3, Turner Stone, Man, 23.92. 4, Kaleb Crook, Tow, 24.06. 5, Walker LaVoy, BT, 24.31. 6, Tommy Frost, Tow, 24.72.

400 - 1, Caleb Neth, Man, 51.82. 2, Conner Cross, Man, 52.14. 3, Darren Hecker, BT, 52.19. 4, Kenny Wilbur, Tow, 52.30. 5, Rahkel Eyer, Jeff, 52.91. 6, Kaleb Crook, Tow, 53.35.

800 - 1, Darren Hecker, BT, 2:03.23. 2, Kenny Wilbur, Tow, 2:07.18. 3, Luke Colberg, TF, 2:08.56. 4, Tommy Frost, Tow, 2:09.66. 5, Rahkel Eyer, Jeff, 2:10.33.

1,600 - 1, Darren Hecker, BT, 4:49.90. 2, Tony Krogstad, Man, 4:53.10. 3, Hunter Flynn, Whi, 4:57.51. 4, Ivan Colmenero, Man, 5:00.47. 5, Tommy Frost, Tow, 5:00.95. 6, David Schachman, Man, 5:01.03.

3,200 - 1, Darren Hecker, BT, 10:35.03. 2, Tony Krogstad, Man, 10:38.00. 3, Ivan Colmenero, Man, 11:16.50. 4, Riley Lynn, Tow, 11:31.67. 5, Wyatt Herrick, Tow, 11:39.15. 6, Ryan Lane, TF, 12:04.12.

110 hurdles 1, Bryce Green, Tow, 15.92. 2, Caleb Neth, Man, 15.93. 3, Gabe McCauley, BT, 16.99. 4,Jace Lewis, Tow, 17.07. 5, Gehrig Sweat, Tow, 18.40. 6, Ryker Bair, Tow, 20.85. 300 hurdles - 1, Caleb Neth, Man, 41.72. 2, Gabe McCauley, BT, 42.80. 3, Bryce Green, Tow, 42.91. 4, Gehrig Sweat, Tow, 43.92. 5, Mack Coyne, BT, 44.18.

400 relay - 1, Manhattan 44.99. 2, Townsend 45.50. 3, Jefferson 47.00. 4, Big Timber 48.85. 5, Three Forks 56.44.

1600 relay - 1, Townsend 3:38.34. 2, Manhattan 3:38.78. 3, Big Timber 3:45.36. 4, Jefferson 3:48.04. 5, Three Forks 3:58.93.

High jump - 1, Luke Rech, BT, J5-8. 2, Cody Hathaway, BT, J5-6. 3, Destan Miller, BT, J5-6. 4, Cole McCloud, Man, J5-4. 5, Quinn LeLacheur, Tow, J5-4. 6, Shondel Connerton, Man, J5-4.

Pole vault - 1, Cody McCloud, Man, 12-0. 2, Connor Cross, Man, 10-6. 3, Kyle Romereo, Whi, 10-0. 4, Mack Coyne, BT, 9-6. 4, Shondel Connerton, Man, 9-6.

Long jump - 1, Caleb Neth, Man, 21-2. 2, Eliot Schulte, Tow, 19-5.25. 3, Alec Nehring, Man, 19-2.25. 4, Gabe McCauley, BT, 18-11. 5, Turner Stone, Man, 18-8.25.

Triple jump - 1, Alec Nehring, Man, 40-7.5. 2, Gabe McCauley, BT, 40-4. 3, Destan Miller, BT, 38-8.5. 4, Mack Coyne, BT, 38-2. 5, Kobe Grossman, Man, 38-1.5.

Shot put - 1, Alec Nehring, Man, 48-6.5. 2, Austin Oldenburger, Man, 44-2.5. 3, Chance Wessel, BT, 43-6.5. 4, Jerry Townsend, Man, 41-11.5. 5, Chase Barta, Man, 41-11.

Discus - 1, Alec Nehring, Man, 147-11. 2, Chance Wessel, BT, 143-11. 3,Cade  Wessel, BT, 143-5. 4, Austin Oldenburger, Man, 136-3. 5, Jerry Townsend, Man, 130-11.

Javelin - 1, Sam Fletcher, Jeff, 156-6. 2, Jordan Delgatty, Man, 146-4. 3, Cade Wessel, BT, 135-7. 4, Christian Peterson, Jeff, 132-9. 5,Trase  LeTexier, Jeff, 129-9.