CORVALLIS — The tough stretch of three meets in eight days to begin the season concluded Saturday for Manhattan’s track teams at the Bozeman Triangular.
Both the boys and girls placed third in the team standings, but boasted a multiple winner Alexa Arthun and another in Cole McCloud.
Arthun won the 100 and 300 hurdles, as well as the triple jump, to help the Tigers score 21 points. Bozeman easily won the team title with 102 points, while Billings West was second with 47.
Arthun posted times of 15.35 and 46.79 in the 100 and 300 hurdles, respectively, and had a mark of 33-feet, 10.50-inches in the triple jump. The senior also placed second in the long jump at 17-feet, 1.50-inches.
It was a dominant performance for the Tigers’ standout against tough Class AA competition.
“I think for Alexa, personally, she’s not afraid of anybody and she shouldn’t be. She knows she can come out and compete against anybody in any class,” Manhattan coach John Sillitti said. “I think a big part of it is not coming into it looking at it like, ‘Oh, these are big double A schools.’ They are just kids. You can’t be intimidated by it.”
McCloud won the long jump and high jump to help Manhattan’s boys tally 20 points. Billings West won the meet with 90.5 points, while Bozeman was second with 61.5.
McCloud posted a mark of 21-05.25 in the long jump and cleared the bar at 6-feet, 3-inches in the high jump to place second.
“Cole McCloud had another really big day in the long jump and high jump,” said Sillitti. “He didn’t have a PR, but it was a season-best 6-3 in the high jump and a lifetime best of 21-5, I think, or 21-5 ½ in the long jump and just getting more and more consistent because the long jump is still pretty new to him. He didn’t really do it the last couple of years. That’s really exciting what Cole’s done.”
Zak Meeker also placed high in two events, taking second in the 3,200 (11:00.08) and third in the 1,600 (4:52.62). Cal Holgate added a third place finish in the long jump with a mark of 19-11.00.
In other action at Corvallis last Thursday, Manhattan Christian competed in the Florence/Darby Invitational. The Eagles boasted a pair of winners in Linclon Young, who cleared 13-feet in the pole vault, and Alex Veltkamp, who posted a time of 2:27.57 in the 800.
Young helped the boys place 11th as a team with 14 points, while Veltkamp helped the girls place 13th with 12 points. Class A Corvallis swept the team titles.
Editor’s note: The Bozeman Daily Chronicle contributed to this story.
Wolves continue to improve
COLUMBUS — Three Forks’ track teams wrapped up a very busy stretch to begin the season Friday at the Absarokee Invitational.
The girls placed sixth in the team standings with 29 points. Joliet amassed 196 points en route to winning the meet, while Reed Point/Rapelje and Big Timber rounded out the top three with 149 and 65 points, respectively.
Three Forks boasted a double winner in Kyle Olson, who won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs with times of 6:04.30 and 13:01.91, respectively. The junior also placed third in the 300 hurdles in 52.78.
“After the 1,600 that she and Traci Johnston had just ran, they volunteered to run the 4x400 relay,” Wolves coach Tracy Welter said. “Talk about a couple of great kids willing to put their team ahead of themselves. All us coaches were so proud of them.”
The relay team finished fifth with a time of 4:47.53.
The team’s other two winners were Morgan Allen, who cleared the bar at 5-feet, 2-inches in the high jump, and Sinclair Oliver, who won the long jump with a mark of 16-feet, 2-inches. Oliver also placed fourth in both the 100 (13.81) and 200 (28.70).
Freshman Kendall Lynn posted season bests in both the 100 hurdles (5th, 19.48) and 300 hurdles (6th, 54.06). In the throws, Talyn Pitcher set a personal best in the shot put and placed fourth with a mark of 29-08.50.
On the boys side, Columbus tallied 270 points to easily win the team title. Park City was a distant second with 200 points, while Reed Point/Rapelje rounded out the top three with 162.
Three Forks did not place in the top six (scores were only reported for the top six teams), but did have several strong individual performances. Among them was Payden Lynn, who posted a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 19-feet, 10-inches to place second. The sophomore was also third in the high jump (5-feet, 10-inches) and finished third in the 200 (24.36).
Sophomore Colter Miller competed in the 300 hurdles for the first time and finished fourth in 47.50.
“Our distance group did a nice job placing third in the 3200,” said Welter. “Bryce Olson, Charlie Christman, and Dean Buchholz, they placed second, third, and sixth respectively.”
Three Forks will have an 11-day break before returning to the track, which will be back in Columbus for the 23-team Sunshine Meet.
“With Easter break coming up we are hoping to get a few good workouts in this week and get some injuries healed up for the remainder of our schedule,” said Welter. “Our next meet is on the 18th when we travel back to Columbus for the Big Timber invite.”