LAUREL — The last time Alexa Arthun stepped onto the track at the Laurel Sports Complex her day came to an abrupt end due to a hamstring injury.
It took place a little over a year ago at the Southern B Divisional, and it cost the Manhattan standout an opportunity to compete in all of her events at the state Class B meet the following week.
On Tuesday, Arthun returned to Laurel and erased that bad memory by winning a pair of events and placing in the top three in two others at the annual Midland Roundtable Top 10 Meet. The junior won the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 14.85 and 45.05, respectively.
“I was really hoping for it,” Arthun said of the hurdles victories. “It was really nice to get it under my belt, and especially with PR’s and good times.”
Arthun posted personal bests in both events, and was thrilled to face tougher competition than what she’s seen at most meets thus far this season.
“It’s so much nicer to have good competition with hurdles. It’s so hard to push it through, and it’s so much better. I can’t even put words to it,” Arthun said. “It was nice and all the girls were so awesome, so it was really fun to get out here and compete with them.”
Arthun added a runner up finish in the triple jump with a mark of 34-5.50 (tied her personal best) and was third in the long jump at 17-0.50.
“I tied PR’s, but it was hard getting a mark today in the warm weather,” said Arthun. “So it was a decent day, good times and PR’s and stuff like that. But I definitely had some bigger jumps that I scratched, which is unfortunate, but it’s okay. It turned out pretty well.”
Arthun’s effort was one of many standout performances for Manhattan’s athletes at the meet. Alec Nehring was named the Male Field Athlete of the Meet for a second straight year to highlight the Class B Tigers.
Manhattan’s Colter Barney and Zak Meeker pre-qualified for the state meet with personal bests in the distance runs, while seven of the team’s 16 members posted personal bests at the meet.
“We’re well represented here today, both boys and girls,” said Nehring. “I believe we have someone in every event on the boys side. It’s just great to be a part of such a big team at a special meet. It’s pretty rare for a Class B team to qualify that many guys, so it’s just fun to come out here and compete with them.”
Nehring won the shot put with a mark of 57-feet, 8-inches. He was second in the discus (154-11), and placed fourth in the in the long jump (21-0.50). Last weekend at a meet in Bozeman, the senior had set a personal best in the discus at 174-feet, 4-inches.
“I would have liked to have a better disc throw, but I’m happy with it overall,” said Nehring. “All the marks were pretty good.”
Manhattan’s Reid Wiersema set a personal best in the 800, while Barney placed fourth in the 1,600 (4:38.19) and Meeker was fifth in the 3,200 (10:23.79).
Barney was a late addition to the meet after another athlete dropped out. He set a nine-second personal best in the 3,200 and ran a leg on the mile relay after coach John Sillitti pulled Conner Cross out of the event.
“He just comes and competes,” said Sillitti. “Barney is also the kid you can usually find carrying the tent for the team or hauling the throwing implements to and from the bus.”
Cross had a busy day, competing in four events within a two-hour period, and was pulled from the relay as a precaution. He placed fourth in the 400 (52.20), fifth in the 100 (11.34), and sixth in the 200 (23.04). Cross also ran a leg on the sprint relay (2nd, 43.65).
Caleb Neth was very active as well, winning the long jump (22-3), placing second in the 300 hurdles with a personal best time of 38.86, fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.73), and running a leg on the mile relay (3rd, 3:29.85).
Billings West’s Tyler Gurchiek rallied down the stretch to edge Neth at the finish line to win the 300 hurdles.
“He edged me there on the last hurdle,” Neth noted. “He ran well. It was neck-and-neck almost the whole race, and at the finish he just got it.”
The 110 hurdles was a stacked race as well with Billings Senior standout Gabe Sulser winning with a time of 14.74 and Belgrade’s Jacob Grinwis taking third in 15.45.
“I was really happy to race against Gabe. I’ve heard a lot about him and a (state-best time of) 14.3,” said Grinwis. “That’s like a whole second faster than me, more than that. So I was really happy to finally get to race against him, see where we match up, and hopefully get a good time and I did.”
Grinwis later won the 400-meter run with a time of 50.83, while Bozeman’s Naquan Williams was second in 51.28, and ran a leg on the mile relay.
“It was a really good race,” said Grinwis. “My friend Naquan from Bozeman, I did indoor with him, and I was really happy to actually get to race against him. We were going to try and push each other, and we did. It was a good race, I feel happy about it.”
Belgrade’s Pipi Eitel also shined at the meet. The junior broke her own school record (old time, 2:17.71), in the 800 with a time of 2:16.63.
The 800 pitted defending State AA champion Christina Aragon, of Billings Senior, against last year’s State A champion, Eitel. Aragon, who won in 2:09.65, was fresh off of winning her heat in the 1,500 at the Jordan Invitational at Stanford University on Sunday, posting the fourth-best ever time in high school girls competition in 4:11.24.
“It was definitely a chase,” Eitel said with a grin of competing against Aragon. “I was going to try and chase her and a personal best was the goal.”
In other action at the meet, Manhattan Christian’s Kevin Blanksma placed fourth in the triple jump and fifth in the high jump. Manhattan’s Shondel Connerton was third in the pole vault, while teammate Leonard McComas was fourth in the 3,200.
“We’re doing great. Everybody’s just out here to compete and out here running hard,” said Neth. “Everybody’s just really enjoying the sunshine, and I believe our training is really getting us there too. Everybody’s starting to get there. Hopefully not quite yet. It’s been fun.”
On the girls' side, Three Forks' Morgan Allen placed third in the high jump after clearing 5-feet, 3-inches. Both of Belgrade's relay teams placed, with the sprint relay taking sixth (53.26) and the mile relay taking fourth with a season's best time of 4:08.60.
MIDLAND ROUNDTABLE TOP 10 MEET
(at Laurel Sports Complex, Laurel)
100: Gabe Sulser, Senior, 11.06; Keaton Anderson, Senior, 11.20; Haiden Collins, Lewistown, 11.23; Lane Summer, Huntley-Project, 11.29; Conner Cross, Manhattan, 11.34; Cade Johnstone, Forsyth, 11.41.
200: Gabe Sulser, Senior, 22.40; Jared Schwend, Joliet, 22.58; naquan Williams, Bozeman, 22.89; Haiden Collins, Lewistown, 23.00; Lane Summer, Huntley-Project, 23.01; Conner Cross, Manhattan, 23.04.
400: Jacob Grinwis, Belgrade, 50.83; Naquan Williams, Bozeman, 51.28; Cade Johnstone, Forsyth, 52.18; Conner Cross, Manhattan, 52.20; Moritz Little, Red Lodge, 52.33; Caleb Wall, Central, 52.68.
800: Simon Petsch, West, 1:54.85; Dawson LaRance, Senior, 1:57.24; Tyler McQueen, Senior, 2:00.86; Kyle McLaughlin, Belgrade, 2:01.39; Moritz Little, Red Lodge, 2:01.67; Carl Evans, Bozeman, 2:01.79.
1,600: Chase Equall, Bozeman, 4:18.10; Dawson LaRance, Senior, 4:22.19; Riley Collins, Bozeman, 4:25.72; Colter Barney, Manhattan, 4:38.19; Wally Three Irons, St. Labre, 4:39.18; Ty Parsons, Lewistown, 4:41.32.
3,200: Riley Collins, Bozeman, 9:55.60; Peder Rickbeil, Senior, 9:59.51; Orrin Clark, Bozeman, 10:19.34; Leonard McComas, Manhattan, 10:21.33; Zak Meeker, Manhattan, 10:23.79; Adam Barrie, West, 10:24.26.
110 hurdles: Gabe Sulser, Senior, 14.74; Jared Schwend, Joleit, 14.89; Jacob Grinwis, Belgrade, 15.45; Caleb Neth, Manhattan, 15.73; Xavier Sulser, Senior, 16.05; Michael Jobman, Huntley-Project, 16.14.
300 hurdles: Tyler Gurchiek, West, 38.82; Caleb Neth, Manhattan, 38.86; Jared Schwend, Joliet, 39.64; Haiden Collins, Lewistown, 40.85; Michael Jobman, Huntley-Project, 41.40; Kaleb Tocco, Skyview, 42.34.
400 relay: Senior 43.34; Manhattan 43.65; West 44.43; Huntley-Project 44.58; Laurel 44.70; Skyview 44.72.
1,600 relay: West 3:27.08; Senior, 3:28.75; Manhattan 3:29.85; Lewistown 3:33.90; Laurel 3:34.13; Bozeman 3:34.15.
High jump: Logan Kleinhans, Bozeman, 6-6; Charlie Carr, Bozeman, 6-3; Kaleb Martin, West, 6-0; Zach Schacht, Skyview, 6-0; Kevin Blanksma, Manhattan Christian, 6-0; Ryan Zentner, Bridger, 5-10; Cole McCloud, Manhattan, 5-10; Alexander Kosel, Roberts, 5-10.
Pole vault: Jacob Bradford, West, 14-0l; Scott Wacaser, Skyview, 14-0; Shondel Connerton, Manhattan, 13-6; Ben Tesseneer, Bozeman, 13-6; Charles Barron, Senior, 13-6; Tyler Gurchiek, West, 13-6.
Long jump: Caleb Neth, Manhattan, 22-3; Keaton Anderson, Senior, 21-5 1/2; Jory Ableman, West, 21-3 1/4; Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 21-1/2; Casey Cole, Laurel, 20-5 1/2; Donte Wohlfiel, Huntley-Project, 20-1 3/4.
Triple jump: Brexton Frost, Skyview, 44-6 1/2; Jory Ableman, West, 44-1/4; Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 43-2; Kevin Blanksma, Manhattan Christian, 43-0; Charlie Carr, Bozeman, 42-2; Logan Kleinhans, Bozeman, 41-7.
Shot put: Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 57-8; Bryson Deming, West, 52-3; Braydon Deming, West, 51-8; Garrison Poetzl, Senior, 49-1; Matt Harrison, Lewistown, 48-8; Emmit Bartsch, Senior, 48-1.
Discus: Bryson Deming, West, 161-4; Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 154-11; Cade Wessel, Bozeman, 146-2; Matt Harrison, Lewistown, 144-11; Jordan Marsch, Reed Point-Rapelje, 142-7; Braydon Deming, West, 142-2.
Javelin: Casey Cole, Laurel, 197-0; Cade Wessel, Bozeman, 185-8; Ronnie Hennelly, Colstrip, 163-8; Trevor Canty, West, 162-2; Rosecoe Townsend, Bozeman, 157-4; Thayne Hage, Colstrip, 156-3.
100: Brooke Endy, West, 12:47; Shae Helterbran, West, 12.74; Anna Beck, Skyview, 12.77; Janae Bjorgum, West, 12.78; Maddisen Merema, Shepherd, 12.88; Olivia Romei, Senior, 12.92.
200: Maddie Brockel, West, 25.54; Olivia Romei, Senior, 26.16; Janae Bjorgum, West, 26.24; Ally Martin, Harlowton, 26.25; Anna Beck, Skyview, 26.51; Delaney Bahn, Bozeman, 26.57.
400: Christina Aragon, Senior, 58.41; Madison Patrick, Livingston, 59.89; Ally Martin, Harlowton, 1:00.64; Anna Beck, Skyview, 1:00.86; Elsa Sveen, Bozeman, 1:00.87; Brenna Beckett, Broadview-Lavina, 1:01.39.
800: Christina Aaragon, Senior, 2:09.65; Pipi Eitel, Belgrade, 2:16.63; Tiahna Vladic, Senior, 2:20.69; Alex Veltkamp, Manhattan Christian, 2:24.94; BreElle Wacker, Melstone, 2:26.80; Jaylyn Hallgrimson, Senior, 2:27.09; Jade Hallgrimson, Senior, 2:27.09.
1,600: Tiahna Vladic, Senior, 5:00.96; Piper Meuwissen, Bozeman, 5:03.64; Camila Noe, Bozeman, 5:09.20; Jade Hallgrimson, Senior, 5:15.12; Laina Hall, Bozeman, 5:16.20; BreElle Wacker, Melstone, 5:16.83.
3,200: Piper Meuwissen, Bozeman, 11:10.83; Kenenni Wiegand, Bozeman, 11:32.31; Camila Noe, Bozeman, 11:35.89; Laina Hall, Bozeman, 11:42.05; Baylee Green, Roundup, 11:46.36; Courtney Hutton, Senior, 11:58.42.
100 hurdles: Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, 14.85; Michaela Johnson, West, 15.00; Brittney Marosok, West, 15.29; Maysee Whitney, Senior, 15.91; Josie D'Agostino, Bozeman, 16.05; Rayna Laakso, Park City, 16.29.
300 hurdles: Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, 45.05; Brittney Marosok, West, 45.84; Michaela Johnson, West, 45.91; Audri Demars, West, 46.85; Julia Zidack, Bozeman, 47.06; Kailee Stoppel, West, 47.20.
400 relay: West 47.87; Skyview 50.11; Bozeman 50.61; Central 50.89; Laurel 51.96; Belgrade 53.26.
1,600 relay: Senior 4:00.26; West 4:00.89; Bozeman 4:08.32; Belgrade 4:08.60; Skyview 4:12.67; Miles City 4:15.53.
High jump: Jade Smith, Central, 5-5; Delaney Bahn, Bozeman, 5-5; Morgan Allen, Three Forks, 5-3; Camille Landon, Bozeman, 5-3; Olivia Romei, Senior, 5-1; Autry Hannum, Bozeman, 5-1; MyKaila Jensen, Forsyth, 5-1.
Pole vault: Katrina Terry, West, 11-0; Tendra Palin, West, 10-6; Shae Helterbran, West, 10-6; Mariah Brelsfords, Bozeman, 10-0; Kacey Bertolino, Joliet, 9-0; Alexi Speas, Livingston, 9-0; Maddy Gilsdorf, Senior, 9-0.
Long jump: Autry Hannum, Bozeman, 17-3; Delaney Bahn, Bozeman, 17-2.50; Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, 17-0.50; Daniella Russell, Red Lodge, 16-5.75; Rayna Laakso, Park City, 15-11.50; Alexandra Lynch, Bozeman, 15-8.75.
Triple jump: Autry Hannum, Bozeman, 35-6.50; Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, 35-4.50; Jedera Liddell, Skyview, 34-4.25; Winter Dooley, Senior, 34-2; Maddy Gilsdorf, Senior, 33-9; Stephanie Kreamer, Red Lodge, 33-7.25.
Shot put: Keaunna Mason, Hardin, 40-8; Emerald Toth, Bozeman, 38-6; Lauren Emter, Livingston, 36-10; Kaylee Zard, Forsyth, 36-0; Hailey Poole, Colstrip, 35-8; Cara Grewell, Park City, 35-3.
Discus: Lauren Emter, Livingston, 126-7; Hailey Poole, Colstrip, 122-11; Keaunna Mason, 121-4; Abbie Lohof, Laurie, 120-5; Savanna Walker, Miles City, 113-3; Taylor Stringari, Shepherd, 107-3.
Javelin: Hailey Poole, Colstrip, 130-10; Celestai Hammond, Skyview, 130-1; Sarah Angwin, Bozeman, 119-10; Autry Hannum, Bozeman, 114-2; Alyana Ereaux, Skyview, 11-5; Anna Jurovich, West, 108-10.