BILLINGS — That didn’t last long.
Just 72 hours after Jonathan Eastwood broke his own school record in the 1,600 meter run, he did it again on Tuesday. And, the University of Montana signee did it amongst some of the state’s top prep distance runners.
The Belgrade High senior won a pair of events at the annual Top 10 Meet at the Laurel Sports Complex en route to being named the meet’s most outstanding athlete. It was one of many highlights for track and field standouts from the Gallatin Valley on perfect spring day in Montana.
Eastwood won the 1,600 with a time of 4:18.64, which is the best in the state this season, and held off Billings West’s Isaac Petsch (4:19.52) in the process. Then he edged Billings West’s Simon Petsch to win the 800 in 1:57.45. Simon Petsch crossed the finish line with a time of 1:57.50.
Eastwood not only broke the meet record in the 1,600, but eclipsed his own school record of 4:23.32 set three days earlier at the John Tomich Invitational in Butte. Isaac Petsch broke Billings West’s school record as well.
“I was really excited going to the race with my main goal to break 4:20. I ran precisely on pace through the first 800, and with Isaac Petsch on my shoulder through the last lap I knew that I had to kick to be able to win,” Eastwood said of the race. “I quickened my pace and focused on my form to carry me through the last corner. After the race I was ecstatic. I was so glad that I was able to break 4:20 and also help Isaac set Billings West’s school record by going under 4:20 as well.”
While Eastwood shined, so too did Manhattan’s Mariah Harvey and Alec Nehring. The duo were named the female and male Field Athlete of the Meet, respectively, for their efforts.
Harvey broke her own school record in the discus en route to winning the event with a mark of 138-feet, 6-inches. The senior also placed second in the shot put with a heave of 39-feet, 1-inch.
Nehring set a personal best in the shot put with a mark of 54-feet, 11-inches en route to winning that event. The junior also earned runner up finishes in both the triple jump (41-11.25) and discus (162-1).
“It was pretty awesome when they called those two up to the podium together to name them field athletes of the meet,” Manhattan coach John Sillitti said. “They are great kids who are super dedicated and work really hard. And Jen Allen, our throws coach, and Dustin Cichosz, our jumps coach, are really doing a nice job with those kids.”
Eastwood joined former standout Kalindra McFadden as the only athletes from Belgrade to earn the most outstanding athlete honor at the meet. McFadden earned the honor in 2002 as a junior before transferring to Bozeman.
The Top 10 Meet used to be held in Billings before moving to Laurel about five years ago. It’s invite only for the top performers in and around the Billings area in all four of the Montana High School Association’s classifications.
“It covers all the A schools within 150 miles. All the B’s, the C’s, and all the fastest kids in that big of an area,” longtime Belgrade girls coach Don Samuelson said. “There were some of the best mile and 800 kids around.”
Belgrade was represented by nine individuals at the meet — all of whom shined in their events. Jacob Grinwis posted personal bests in both the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 15.86 and 40.49 en route to placing seventh and second, respectively.
“The kids came down, and as a group that’s as competitive a group as we’ve brought down. They just did a great job,” said Samuelson. “They kind of showed some stuff. I thought they did a really nice job.”
Derek Marks had his best throw of the season in the shot put (49-9) to place fourth and was fifth in the discus with a throw of 146-3. Avery Whelan added a heave of 46-1 in the shot put to place seventh, while Garrett Ruud was eighth in the 800 with a time of 2:02.77.
On the girls side, Maddie Orrell placed fifth in the 200 (26.68) and was sixth in the 400 (59.95), while Pipi Eitel was 10th in the 400 in her best time of the season (1:05.80).
“That was a blazing time,” Samuelson noted of Orrell’s effort. “There was a lot of fast 400 runners today. Maddie was a sub-60 in the 400 and got sixth. You just don’t see that a lot.”
The Panthers’ Kyra Fisher placed in both hurdle races, taking fourth in the 100’s (16.67) and fifth in the 300’s with a personal best time of 48.56. Jamie Woolman added her best throw of the season in the shot put (35-5) to take sixth, and was 10th in the discus (92-10.50), while the 4x400 relay was 4th with a season’s best time of 4:11.91.
“Jamie comes out and she doesn’t throw the discus great. Comes back and has a great throw in the shot put,” said Sameulson.
Caleb Neth and Alexa Arthun were multiple placers for Manhattan. Neth broke the school record in the long jump with a leap of 22-2.50, posted a personal best en route to winning the 300 hurdles (39.67), and was fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.6).
“Caleb had a huge jump (in the long jump) that he scratched on by about an inch. The people running the event measured it for us since it was so big and it was 23-2,” said Sillitti. “One inch back on the board and he would have marked a 23-foot long jump.”
While Arthun did not post a personal best on the day, she did place in all four of her events. The sophomore won the 300 hurdles (46.31), was second in the 100 hurdles (15.75), was fourth in the triple jump (35-3), and took fifth in the pole vault (9-6).
Manhattan’s Brooke Jones was fourth in the shot put (38-6) and ninth in the discus (105-6), while Kennedy Grubich was ninth in the javelin (105-2).
“Brooke had an awesome PR in the shot,” noted Sillitti. “She had been hitting 37’s consistently in practice, but her best in a meet this year was 34-6.”
Conner Cross, Turner Stone and Shondel Connerton had lifetime bests in the 400 (51.97), 200 (22.75), and pole vault (12-6), respectively. Both of Manhattan’s 4x100 relay teams posted season best times, and the boys’ 4x400 just missed breaking the school record (3:26.26) with a time of 3:26.51. The mile relay consisted of Cross, Connerton, Stone and Neth.
“They were three seconds faster than the time we ran at state last year, which was good enough for first in the state,” noted Sillitti. “Those guys are all juniors and they really feed off each other. Every single one of them ran inspired. That was fun.”
Stone also placed sixth in the 100 (11.65), while Cole McCloud cleared 6-feet in the high jump to place seventh.
In other action, Manhattan Christian junior Kevin Blanksma was sixth in the high jump (6-feet) and eighth in the triple jump (40-6). Teammate Daniel Buchignani was 10th in the 1,600.
For Christian’s girls, Nikki Aiken broke the school record in the 1,600 (5:24) en route to taking fifth and was 10th in the 3,200 (12:40.99), while Alex Veltkamp placed fifth in the 400 (59.75) and was 10th in the 800 (2:41.06).
Three Forks was represented by three athletes at the meet — Morgan Allen, Anna Christman and Luke Colberg. Allen placed fourth in the high jump after clearing the bat at 5-feet, 2-inches, while Christman was fourth in the 300 hurdles (48.51). Colberg finished 10th in the 800 (2:04.17).
Midland Roundtable Top 10
(at Laurel Sports Complex, Laurel)
100 - Jake Kleinhans, Bozeman, 11.19; Stephen Not Afraid, Hardin, 11.39; Michael Gulledge, Central, 11.4; Tate Rhoads, Custer-Hysham, 11.41; Tre’von Strong, Skyview, 11.62; Turner Stone, Manhattan, 11.65; Zach Iffland, Shepherd, 11.87; Cade Johnstone, Forsyth, 11.9; Kasey Grisanti, West, 11.95.
200 - Jake Kleinhans, Bozeman, 22.21; Brock Butcher, Lewistown, 22.31; Stephen Not Afraid, Hardin, 22.5; Turner Stone, Manhattan, 22.77; Michael Gulledge, Central, 22.92; Lucas Lilly, Bozeman, 23.82; Naquan Williams, Bozeman, 24.0; Lane Sumner, Huntley Project, 24.08.
400 - Brock Butcher, Lewistown, 49.48; Brenden Acheson, Skyview, 50.37; Michael Gulledge, Central, 50.87; Dawson LaRance, Senior, 50.99; Tim Dutton, West, 51.47; Connor Cross, Manhattan Christian, 51.97; Ian Hecker, Central, 52.57; Carl Evans, Bozeman, 52.67; David Estrada, Senior, 52.9.
800 - Jonathan Eastwood, Belgrade, 1:57.45; Simon Petsch, West, 1:57.5; Isaac Petsch, West, 1:58.06; Austin Stradley, Miles City, 2:00.04; Mortiz Little, Red Lodge, 2:01.08; Peder Rickbeil, Senior, 2:01.53; James Linebary, Bozeman, 2:02.05; Garrett Ruud, Belgrade, 2:02.77; Luke Colberg, Three Forks, 2:04.17.
1,600 - Jonathan Eastwood, Belgrade, 4:18.64 (meet record); Isaac Petsch, West, 4:19.52; Riley Collins, Bozeman, 4:29.4; Ty Mogan, Laurel, 4:31.96; Tyus Mendoza, Colstrip, 4:35.23; Peder Rickbeil, Senior, 4:35.91; Chase Equall, Bozeman, 4:35.1; Brennan Worthington, West, 4:37.1; Anthony Overcase, Senior, 4:45.39; Daniel Buchignani, Manhattan Christian, 4:50.34.
3,200 - Carter Gall, Senior, 10:01.56; Chase Equall, Bozeman, 10:04.82; Jake Iverson, Winnett-Grass Range, 10:05.84; Tyus Mendoza, Colstrip, 10:08.85; Caleb Allen, Bozeman, 10:12.24; Garrett Beckstead, West, 10:12.54; Orrin Clark, Bozeman, 10:19.91; Riley Collins, Bozeman, 10:30.32; Ty Morgan, Laurel, 10:32.49; Brennan Worthington, West, 10:55.11.
110 hurdles - Gabe Sulser, Senior, 15.10; Kevin Kailey, Bozeman, 15.33; Parker Bernhardt, West, 15.5; Zac Allen, Laurel, 15.59; Caleb Neth, Manhattan Christian, 15.6; Jared Schwend, Joliet, 15.8; Jacob Grinwis, Belgrade, 15.86; Xavier Sulser, Senior, 16.19; Quincy Wittman, Huntley Project, 16.2; Caleb Nelson, West, 17.43.
300 hurdles - Caleb Neth, Manhattan, 39.67; Jacob Grinwis, Belgrade, 40.49; Haiden Collins, Lewistown, 40.96; Gabe Sulser, Senior, 41.16; Jared Schwend, Joliet, 41.21; Quincy Wittman, Huntley Project, 42.02; Kevin Kailey, Bozeman, 42.17; James Derheim, Lewistown, 42.44; Zac Allen, Laurel, 42.8; Nolan Timmons, Senior, 43.43.
400 relay - Senior 43.25; Manhattan 43.67; Bozeman 44.21; Lewistown 44.22; West 44.26; Central 44:28; Laurel 44.7; Huntley Project 45.81; Forsyth 45.89; Miles City 45.94.
1,600 relay - Manhattan 3:26.51; West 3:29.42; Miles City 3:30.03; Senior 3:30.47; Bozeman 3:33.02; Laurel 3:34.64; Huntley Project 3:41.30; Central 3:45.17; Forsyth 3:50.72.
Long jump - Caleb Neth, Manhattan Christian, 22-2¼; Timmy Regan, Miles City, 22-0; Jory Ableman, West, 21-11; Tate Rhoads, Custer-Hysham, 21-7; Keaton Anderson, Senior, 21-5; Brandon Kubitz, Laurel, 20-5½; Austin Zacher, Skyview, 19-10; Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 19-9¼; Ed Baker, Senior, 19-7½; Turner Stone, Manhattan, 19-6¾.
Triple jump - Tre’von Strong, Skyview, 43-2; Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 41-11¼; Destan Miller, Big Timber, 41-7; Logan Sluggett, Winnett-Grass Range, 41-5; Keaton Anderson, Senior, 40-11¾; Tate Rhoads, Custer-Hysham, 40-8; Trey Haidle, Skyview, 40-7; Kevin Blanksma, Manhattan Christian, 40-6; Quincy Wittman, Huntley Project, 39-8½; Donte Wohlfeil, Huntley Project, 39-7.
High jump - Keaton Anderson, Senior, 6-5; Ethan Garrett, West, 6-4; Darius Mota, Senior, 6-2; Colin Holetz, Central, 6-2; Trey Haidle, Skyview, 6-0; Kevin Blanksma, Manhattan Christian, 6-0; Cole McCloud, Manhattan Christian, 5-10; Logan Kleinhans, Bozeman, 5-10; Dallas Mack, Huntley Project, 5-10.
Pole vault - Jake Bradford, West, 14-4; Tyler Gurchiek, West, 13-0; Shondel Connerton, Manhattan Christian, 12-6; Quincy Wittman, Huntley Project, 12-6; Ben Tesseneer, Bozeman, 11-6; Adrian Brum, Ryegate, 11-6; Scott Wacaser, Skyview, 11-6; Ryan Waples, West, 11-6.
Shot put - Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 54-11; Bryson Deming, West, 50-05; Tanner Miller, Huntley Project, 50-3; Derek Marks, Belgrade, 49-4; Chance Wessel, Bozeman, 48-8½; Beau Peaslee, Miles City, 47-6; Avery Whelan, 46-1; Braydon Deming, West, 45-0; Weston Wagner, Columbus, 42-5; Cade Wessel, Bozeman, 41-11.
Discus - Cade Wessel, Bozeman, 166-8; Alec Nehring, Manhattan, 162-1; Chance Wessel, Bozeman, 158-2½; Tanner Miller, Huntley Project, 155-9; Derek Marks, Belgrade, 146-3; Weston Wagner, Columbus, 131-1½; Emmit Bartsch, Senior, 128-4; Payton O’Reilly, Bozeman, 127-0; Bryson Deming, West, 125-9.
Javelin - Cade Wessel, Bozeman, 170-10; Casey Cole, Forsyth, 169-11; Brady Coffman, Bozeman, 167-7; Thayne Hage, Colstrip, 164-4; Jesse Byorth, Central, 160-1; Collin Hartford, Lewistown, 160-0; Tanner Beld, Skyview, 151-5; Richmond Paschall, West, 150-0; Bain Campbell, Central, 143-7.
100 - Tru Roginske, Joliet, 12.58; Maddie Brockel, West, 12.81; Anna Beck, Skyview, 12.91; Caylin Cathey, Skyview, 12.92; Jacey Delaney, Bozeman, 12.97; Jaree Mane, Lewistown, 12.99; Tiffani Finley, Senior, 13.12; Brooke Endy, West, 13.22; Ally Martin, Harlowton, 13.25; Janae Bjorgum, West, 13.51.
200 - Maddie Brockel, West, 25.91; Jacey Delaney, Bozeman, 26.31; Jaree Mane, Lewistown, 26.36; Ally Martin, Harlowton, 26.64; Maddie Orrell, Belgrade, 26.68; Alexandra Lynch, Bozeman, 27.16; Brooke Endy, West, 27.41; Madison Patrick, Livingston, 27.6; Brittney Peaslee, Miles City, 27.62; Katrina Terry, West, 27.82.
400 - Christina Aragon, Senior, 56.51 (meet record); Jordan Gilcrist, Senior, 59.0; Jaree Mane, Lewistown, 59.33; Sydney Blaine, Senior, 59.48; Alex Veltkamp, Manhattan Christian, 59.75; Maddie Orrell, Belgrade, 59.95; Ally Martin, Harlowton, 1:00.56; Alli Hert, Forsyth, 1:01.47; Elsa Sveen, Bozeman, 1:01.55; Pipi Eitel, Belgrade, 1:05.80.
800 - Christina Aragon, Senior, 2:12.62 (meet record); Keegan Day, Skyview, 2:21.07; Jordan Gilcrist, Senior, 2:24.69; Pipi Eitel, Belgrade, 2:24.88; Brianna Hawthorne, Bzoeman, 2:25.04; Jessica Elmer, Laurel, 2:26.77; Abigail Stroh, Bozeman, 2:29.26; Alex Veltkamp, Manhattan Christian, 2:41.06.
1,600 - Piper Meuwissen, Bozeman, 5:12.75; BreElle Wacker, Melstone, 5:15.75; Bridget Creel, Bozeman, 5:16.40; Keegan Day, Skyview, 5:17.40; Jessica Elmer, Laurel, 5:23.19.
3,200 - Piper Meuwissen, Bozeman, 11:28.93; BreElle Wacker, Melstone, 11:36.67; Bridget Creel, Bozeman, 11:40.94; Taylor Grove, West, 11:48.87; Sarah Foster, Bozeman, 12:00.13; Courtney Hutton, Senior, 12:05.43; Baylee Green, Roundup, 12:06.13; Phoebe Jacques, Bozeman, 12:14.70; Nikki Aiken, Manhattan Christian, 12:40.99; Marley May, Bozeman, 12:51.60.
100 hurdles - Hailey Copinga, Skyview, 15.66; Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, 15.75; Josie D’Agostino, Bozeman, 16.57; Kyra Fisher, Belgrade, 16.67; Grace Slevin, Bozeman, 16.73; Maysee Whitney, Senior, 17.16; Michaela Johnson, West, 17.52; Serena Baker, West, 17.71; Des Baker, West, 18.07; Keaunna Mason, Hardin, 18.37.
300 hurdles - Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, 46.31; Julia Zidack, Bozeman, 47.04; Maysee Whitney, Senior, 47.96; Anna Christman, Three Forks, 48.51; Kyra Fisher, Belgrade, 48.56; Josie D’Agostino, Bozeman, 48.77; Brittney Marosok, West, 49.11; Kailee Stoppel, West, 49.43; Des Baker, West, 49.83; Hailey Vidmar, Bozeman, 50.96
400 relay - Skyview 49.27 (meet record); West 49.68; Bozeman 49.9; Senior 49.97; Livingston 51.63; Central 52.54; Broadus 52.73; Manhattan 53.09; Shields Valley 53.81; Belgrade 54.18.
1,600 relay - Senior 4:00.34; Skyview 4:01.47; Bozeman 4:10.18; Belgrade 4:11.91; Livingston 4:12.54; West 4:13.78; Central 4:21.09; Forsyth 4:21.46; Harlowton 4:22.32; Manhattan 4:22.36.
Long jump - Daniella Russell, Red Lodge, 17-2 ½; Taylor Mims, Senior, 16-9 ½; Maddy Gilsdorf, Senior, 16-7 ½; Tru Roginske, Joliet, 16-5; Constence Rollins, Colstrip, 15-10 ½; Rayna Laakso, Park City, 15-6 ½; Kyle Kerkaert, Shields Valley, 15-0 ¾; Camille Landon, Central, 14-1; Shawn Reddington, Livingston, 14-1.
Triple jump - Tru Roginske, Joliet, 36-8 ¾; Taylor Mims, Senior, 36-4 ½; Taylor Price, Broadus, 35-6 ½; Alexa Arthun, Manhattan, 35-3; Shelby Browning, Winnett-Grass Range, 34-7 ½; Wynter Dooley, Senior, 33-10; Maddy Gilsdorf, Senior, 32-11 ½; Kylie Kerkaert, Shields Valley, 32-11; Alexa Linebarger, Bozeman, 32-8; Tyler Olson, Bozeman, 28-1 ½.
High jump - Hailey Copinga, Skyview 5-4; Camille Landon, Central, 5-4; Delilah Koch, West, 5-2; Morgan Allen, Three Forks, 5-2; Katie Dickensheets, Bozeman, 5-0; Kadie Heinle, Miles City, 5-0; Brooke Hofferber, West, 5-0; Jade Smith, Central, 4-10.
Pole vault - Tiffani Finley, Senior, 11-0; Mikayla Bloyder, West, 11-0; Ashling Slevin, Bozeman, 11-0; Katrina Terry, West, 10-0; Alexa Arthun, Manhattan 9-6; Tendra Palin, West, 9-6; Shae Helterbran, West, 9-6; Kitana Sukut, West, 9-0.
Shot put - Emerald Toth, Bozeman, 40-4; Keaunna Mason, Hardin, 40-2; Mariah Harvey, Manhattan, 39-1; Brooke Jones, Manhattan, 38-6; Hannah Nessan, Senior, 36-10; Jamie Woolman, Belgrade, 35-5; Kaylee Zard, Forsyth, 34-11; Lauren Emter, Livingston, 34-11; Savanna Walker, West, 33-11.
Discus - Mariah Harvey, Manhattan, 138-6; Madi Cicierski, Senior, 136-3; Hannah Nessan, Senior, 132-5; Savanna Walker, West, 120-10; Abbie Lohof, Laurel, 119-9; Keaunna Mason, Hardin, 118-10; Chalon Bilbro, Colstrip, 108-00; Lauren Emter, Livingston, 107-4; Brooke Jones, Manhattan, 105-6; Jamie Woolman, Belgrade, 92-10 ½.
Javelin - Olga Mogen, Livingston, 125-7; Maddie Faulk, Big Timber, 124-11; Hailey Poole, Colstrip, 124-9; Crystine Zeuhlsdorff, Colstrip, 120-2; Celestia Hammond, Skyview, 116-7; Naomi Bad Bear, Senior, 111-11; Anna Jurovich, West, 108-5; Megan Dewar, West, 107-4; Kennedy Grubich, Manhattan, 105-2; Terri Welch, Roundup, 103-10.