The weather has rarely cooperated this spring and that continued Saturday in Butte.
But Belgrade’s track teams overcame the elements en route to boasting an individual winner and posting personal bests. Among them was Emily Sullivan, who won the pole vault with personal best vault of 10-feet, 6-inches.
“Had three good attempts at 10-09,” noted Belgrade girls coach Deb Greany. “And Cynthia (Smith) got third, so pole vault was awesome.”
Sullivan helped Belgrade place third in the team standings with 70 points, while Class AA Butte High won with 131 and Laurel was second with 118.
Gracey Carter also shined for the Panthers, setting personal bests in both hurdle races. The sophomore broke 50 seconds en route to placing second in the 300 hurdles in 49.78, and was fourth in the 100’s (17.22).
Sophomore sprinters Dalani Brayton and Bellach Pacheco shined in the sprints for the Panthers, and pulled off a rare feat in the 200 meter dash. The duo competed in separate heats, but clocked in the same time.
“She (Pacheco) was in the first heat and Dalani was in the second, and both of them got second in their heat and ran the exact same time to the hundredth,” said Greany. “It was pretty wild. How many times does that happen? That never happens from the same team in a different heat.”
Each finished with a time of 27.17 seconds, and Pacheco wound up placing third. She also earned a runner up finish in the 400 (1:02.97), while Brayton was fourth in the 100 (13.29).
Taylor Christen and Savanna Waller placed second and third, respectively, in the 800 with times of 2:38.35 and 2:39.92, while Tessa Lamb was third in the high jump at a height of 4-10.
“Throwers had a good day. They were all really close,” Greany noted. “Susie (Francis) got a foot PR. Vada (Barkell) threw the javelin 85 (feet) and just barely missed out on the ribbon, same as Susie. So everybody was doing a nice job getting PR’s and working hard.”
Belgrade’s boys placed sixth with 34 points, while Frenchtown won with 102.
Evan Major sprinted to a runner up finish in the 100 with a time of 11.33, while Tyler Gordon was second in the triple jump with a mark of 40-05.50.
Alex Turner added a fourth place finish in the 110 hurdles (16.66) and was seventh in the 300’s (45.87). Samuel Nash placed fifth in the 1,600 (4:57.61), while Noel Reynolds Jr. was fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.47.
“I just had a lot of really nice group performances and a lot of PR’s,” said Greany. “Which is fun because the weather is just not really nice. But yet kids are still doing a really nice job and performing.”