BILLINGS — More than 530 athletes from 16 high schools are expected to compete in Saturday’s Billings Invitational track and field meet at Billings West.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., and track events are slated to begin at 9:30 with the boys 3,200-meter run.
Two meet records were set at least year’s event: Billings Senior’s Gabe Sulser won the 110 hurdles in a time of 14.46, while Senior’s Tiahna Vladic won the girls 3,200 at 11:08.64.
While Sulser has graduated, Vladic is a senor this year and could take a stab at her own record.
There are at least a couple other meet records in danger of falling this year. Laurel’s Levi Taylor ran a personal-best 9:20:54 at the Arcadia Invitational in California last Saturday. Doug Darko of Great Falls Central is credited with the Invite record of 9:35.8, a mark in set in 1971 under the old 2-mile distance, which converted to modern distance would be 9:32.46.
Billings Skyview’s Julius Mims set a PR with a jump of 6-feet, 10-inches at last weekend’s 4B’s meet. Billings West’s Lee Hardt jumped 6-9 in 2011 to set the current record.
And perhaps Huntley Project’s Emily Poole can overtake sister Hailey Poole for the girls javelin record. Hailey, who now competes for the University of Minnesota, set the girls mark in 2017 with a throw of 149-10. Emily set a PR April 2 with a throw of 146-6 during a meet at Billings West.