POCATELLO, Idaho — Huntley Project senior Brad Graves, Bozeman senior Delaney Bahn and Missoula Sentinel junior Lauren Heggen were winners at the Simplot Games on Saturday.
Graves won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.09 seconds. It was the first time the Montana State-bound Graves competed at the Simplot Games.
"I've been in a slump all indoor season, but I was relieved to see my personal best," Graves said in a press release from the Simplot Games.
Bahn went 5-9 to win the high jump.
"I'm proud of how I did," Bahn said in a release. "I had to adjust my mark a bit, but after that I felt like I did pretty well."
It was Bahn's fourth time competing at the event and her first time winning.
Heggen went a personal-best 39-10.25 to win the triple jump.
"I missed the podium by one spot last year so to win this year was amazing," Heggen said in a release.
That mark is a new best for Heggen who set the all-class record at 39-7 at last year’s state track meet. Heggen also placed ninth in the long jump at 17-11.75.
Multiple Montanans qualified for the finals or placed as well.
Huntley Project senior Austin Hernandez qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash, where he finished 15th with a time of 7.16. Fellow Project senior Chris Hust also made the 60-meter hurdle final, where he finished 18th at 8.78.
Bozeman junior Griffin May qualified for the finals in the 1,600 and finished 25th with a time of 4:36.19. Bozeman junior Cooper Craig qualified for the finals of the 200, but was disqualified.
Kalispell Flathead senior Ben Perrin, who was just named the boys Gatorade cross country athlete of the year for Montana, took 14th in the 3,200 with 10:20.52.
Four Montanans made the finals of the boys pole vault. Bozeman senior Jameson Slevin vaulted 14-2.75 to take fifth, while Bozeman junior Kyzer Bair and Billings West senior Jon Tripp both tied for sixth at 13-9. Sidney senior Wyatt Heringer also made the final but did not record a height.
Sidney senior Carter Hughes, the two-time defending shot put and discus state champ, took second in the shot put at 56-2. Hughes also finished in fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 62-4. Hughes is a University of Minnesota track & field commit.
Helena junior Trey Tintinger, the two-time defending state high jump champion and all-class record holder, took second in the high jump at 6-9. Missoula Sentinel junior Bryson Muchmore also made the finals but did not record a height.
On the girls side, Bozeman senior Bridget Boyle took 10th in the 800 at 2:23.10. Missoula Big Sky senior Madison Edwards finished 15th at 2:27.82, Missoula Hellgate senior Madi Provo took 21st at 2:29.81 and Bozeman sophomore Amelia Hartshorn finished 24th with a time of 2:33.76.
The distance races were full of Montanans in the finals. Bozeman senior Terra Trom took 8th in the 1,600 at 5:15.16, Bozeman junior Alex Moore was 10th at 5:15.87, Helena freshman Kylie Hartnett was 18th at 5:25.29, Bozeman sophomore Grace Gilbreth was 24th at 5:34.22 and Big Sky’s Makenna Edwards took 32nd at 5:41.16.
Six more Montanans placed in the 3,200 led by Hellgate senior Ember Stratton, who took fourth at 11:08.91. Bozeman sophomore Natalie McCormick took eighth at 11:35.77, Bozeman sophomore Riley Moore was 10th at 11:45.25, Hellgate senior Madeline Swanberg was 12th at 12:01.53, Hellgate junior Katie Munro was 13th at 12:02.01 and Bozeman sophomore Ellie Hull was 15th at 12:22.02.
Big Sky junior Whitney Morrison also made the finals in a pair of events. Morrison finished in sixth in the triple jump with a mark of 37-00.75. She was 19th in the long jump at 16-6.
Sidney senior Katie Berglund took 12th in the pole vault at 10-6.
The Simplot Games were held at Holt Arena on the campus of Idaho State University.
According to the press release, more than 2,200 athletes from the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand participated in the 41st annual competition.