HELENA — Helena High pole vaulter Summer Unger is only in her second full season, and already the sophomore has showed significant promise.
Unger captured a first-place finish Saturday afternoon at the Skor DeKam Invitational at Vigilante Stadium.
Unger, who is ranked third in Class AA in pole vaulting, cleared a height of 10 feet, 6 inches. While it wasn't her personal record, the second closest competitor was Bozeman's Mara Lynch, who fell six inches short of Unger's mark.
The Bengals finished with a total of seven first-place finishes.
"I looked forward to jumping today and it was nice weather," Unger said. "It was a good day to jump, and I was pretty excited. I didn't PR unfortunately, but I did jump well."
Unger's performance was just one of many highlights by the Helena and Capital girls, who achieved individual accolades. Perhaps the biggest achievement of the day came from Bozeman's Delaney Bahn who was the only competitor to tie a state meet record in the 100 meters in 12.27 seconds.
All season, Bengals runner Odessa Zentz has found herself at the top of the podium. Zentz had another first-place finish in the 800 in 2:19.91.
"Odessa had a little bit of a different strategy, and she was slower in the first quarter," Bengals coach Sheila Williams said. "Obviously, today she was going to go for it, and she went after it. She went after it, and ran a great race tonight."
Helena's Emilie Maes finished second in the 100 in 12.52, a personal record.
The Bruins finished with two state qualifiers in the 100 hurdles. Eliza Thomas recorded a time of 16.03, a personal record and a state-qualifying time. Lindsey Ehlke recorded a time of 16.25, a personal record.
"Eliza had really done a lot of work to get where she was going," Bruins coach Dick McMahon said. "That was neat for her to get that, and I couldn't be happier for both of them."
Capital's Leigha Carter finished third in the 100, recording a time of 12.85.
"She had an awesome 100," McMahon said.
Teammate Melissa Moreni placed first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.58, and won the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.54.
Both of Helena's girls 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams finished first. The 4x100 team consisting of Katelyn Hamill, Bailey Root, Zentz and Maes recorded a time of 50.40.
The 4x400 team of Zentz, Maes, Hamill and Bailey Root finished with a time of 4:18.46.
Helena's Jamie Pickens, in her first year in track, finished first in the javelin with a throw of 110-2, a personal record.
Elizabeth Heuiser of Helena finished first in the long jump recording a distance of 16-5. Helena's Ginny Kerr finished first in the triple jump with a distance of 34:8.50.
The Bozeman girls team had six top finishes with Addi Ekstrom in the 200 (26.84), Mary Corbett in the 400 (1:96), Alex Moore in the 1,600 (5:11.86), Terra Trom in the 3,200 (11:11.27), Zoe Waddell in the discus (120-9) and Hannah Schonhoff in the high jump (5-3).
Helena's Garrett Bywater recorded a personal record and took first in the pole vault (12-6). Zack Spiroff, a Carroll College football recruit, finished third in the 100 in 11.33. Holden Sampson finished second in shot put recording a personal record at 46-5.
Capital's Bret Morris finished first in the 100 with a time of 11.20.
Bozeman's Joe Olson finished first in the 200 with a time of 22.80, a personal record.
CMR's Bryce Nelson finished first in the 400 with a time of 53.30, Gordon Gentry of CMR also set a personal record in the 800 with a time of 2:03.78.
In the distance races, Gordon Gentry of CMR captured the 1,600 recording a time of 4:31.58, a personal record, and Bozeman's Sterling Marshall-Pryde captured first recording a time of 10:17.15 in the 3,200.
Capital boys runner Alec Ladas finished first in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, recording times of 15.50 and 42.69.
The Bengals 4x100 relay team consisting of Spiroff, David Lowry, Logan Brown and Ayden Fasbender recorded a time of 44.62.
The Helena 4x400 relay team consisting of David Lowry, Logan Brown, Ayden Fasbender and Luke Schmitz won and recorded a time of 3:38.60.
CMR's Hunter Clark captured first in the shot put with a throw of 48-1.50, Tyson Krahe of CMR set a personal record in the discus with a throw of 141-02.
Bozeman's Ben Bishop captured first in the javelin with a throw of 161-01. CMR's Keegan Barnes finished first in the high jump at 5-10.
Gabe Longin of Great Falls finished first in the long jump at 20-8, and Ron Cooper finished first in the triple jump with a height of 42-1, a personal record.