Belgrade’s track teams closed out the regular season hosting their annual Belgrade Senior Night Meet.
Friday’s quad was the final tune up for athletes prior to the two-day Eastern A Divisional, which Belgrade hosts May 17-18, and several pre-qualifying state times and marks were achieved.
“We were just having fun. The seniors could pick their events because it’s a senior meet,” girls coach Deb Greany said. “It was a last chance qualifier (for) kids that wanted to qualify with a mark to be on the divisional team.”
Beaverhead County swept the team titles with the boys tallying 93 points and the girls 84. Both Belgrade squads were second with the girls finishing with 76.5 points and the boys with 74.
Sprinter Bella Pacheco was among the athletes who pre-qualified for state. The sophomore posted a time of 13.11 in just her second attempt the 100 this season to place second, and also ran a leg on each of the relays.
Savana Jensen just missed qualifying for state in the 100 after placing sixth with a time of 13.34. The highlight for the senior came in the javelin where she posted a nearly 20-feet personal best after placing third with a throw of 91-feet, 02.50-inches.
The Panthers boasted four individual winners and cruised to victory in the 4x400 relay. The coaching staff noted that Dalani Brayton, who ran the anchor leg, shined in her first time trying the event.
Kathleen Iverson won the 1,600 meter run with a time of 6:22.17, while the team’s other winners were Amber Maurer in the high jump (4-10), Cynthia Smith in the pole vault (10-06), and Shaina Smith in the triple jump (32-05.50).
With the majority of athletes only competing in one or two events, Greany noted it was a relaxed meet. Belgrade will be at full strength for divisional, but whether or not they’ll be able to bring home hardware remains to be seen.
“We have a really young team,” Greany noted. “We had some great PR’s today, so anything’s possible.”
On the boys side, coach Scott Palmer took a similar approach and had athletes back off of their full compliment of events and noted the team continues to improve.
“With being as young as we are we’ve seen a ton of growth throughout the year and even in this last meet. Looking at the marks that we got in we’re still seeing improvement,” he said. “The fun thing with a team like that is you never know what you’re going to get at divisionals.”
Freshman Evan Major pre-qualifed for state in the 200 after posting a winning time of 23.19, and the 4x100 relay team qualified with a time of 44.24 to place second.
The Panthers boasted five individual winners, including Major. Tyler Gordon won the triple jump with a mark of 40-06, while Caden Chisholm, Samuel Nash and Izak Becker won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs with times of 2:14.98, 4:55.96, and 11:22.80, respectively.
Noel Reynolds Jr. earned a runner up finish in the 100 (11.47), while Cooper McCormack was second in the 3,200 (11:25.46). Gordon added third place finishes in the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 18.40 and 45.77, respectively.
The two-day divisional meet begins Friday afternoon and the top 10 in each event will advance to the state Class A meet May 23-25 in Laurel.
“We’re excited to host divisionals. That always great,” said Greany. “They can sleep in their own bed.”
Added Palmer: “It could be a fun weekend. I think they’ll be some kids that will come out there and rise to the competition and we’re hoping that they do just that.”
Complete results: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/372302/results