MISSOULA — Rylan Ortt's toss has held up through the weekend.
After ripping a throw of 198 feet, 6 inches in the javelin at Saturday's MCPS Invite, the Missoula Sentinel senior's throw still ranks No. 5 in the country at the high school level.
Ortt ranks just behind Kaden Gollaher of Syracuse High School in Utah, who ranks No. 4 at 199-04. Ty Hampton of North Bend in Oregon was fourth but jumped to the top spot in the country on Saturday with a major toss of his own, going 216-10.
Ortt isn't the only athlete on the western side of the state who has been starring in the javelin so far. Columbia Falls junior Angellica Street, the reigning State A javelin champion, currently ranks No. 6 in the nation in the event with a toss of 146-04 which she completed at the Frenchtown Invite on April 6.
Street has won the javelin in all three competitions she has competed in this season. She is just behind Katelyn Kairchild of Andale High School in Kansas, who is No. 5 with a throw of 149-10. Skylar Ciccolini of Mifflin County High School in Pennsylvania is first at 158-04.
Ortt and Street are joined by three other Montanans to rank in the top 10 in the country in a high school track or field event. Huntley Project junior Emily Poole is ninth in the country in javelin as well with a throw of 146-06. Helena junior Trey Tintinger, the two time defending State AA high jump champion, is fifth in that event in the country with a leap of 6-11. Billings Skyview junior Julius Mims is just behind him and tied for sixth in the country with a best of 6-10.
Here is a look at some of the top times on the western side of the state regardless of classification.
Kalispell Flathead junior Chance Sheldon-Allen leads the state in the 100- and 200-meter dashes with the fastest times. Sheldon-Allen took over the top spot in the 200 this past weekend at the MCPS Invite with a time of 22.32. His 11.12 in the 100 that he ran on April 9 is the best mark to date as well. Frenchtown sophomore Jace Klucewich and Big Timber senior Casey Gunlikson each rank No. 2 and 3 respectively in both events behind Sheldon-Allen and lead their respective classes. Seeley-Swan senior Logan Robinson is tied for fourth in the state regardless of classification in the 200 and currently owns the best times in Class C in the 100 and 200.
In the 400, Libby sophomore Jay Beagle, Troy senior Hunter Leighty, Glacier senior Sean Hegstad and Seeley-Swan senior Hunter Shelmerdine are ranked Nos. 2-4, with Hegstad and Shelmerdine tied for fourth. Beagle leads the group at 51.36. All four accomplished their times over the weekend.
Flathead's Ben Perrin ranks second overall and first in the AA in the 1,600 (4:23.51) and 3,200 (9:20.54). Frenchtown's Tyler Schmautz also ranks second in the 800 with a time of 2:01.10. All three distance races are led by Levi Taylor of Laurel. Hellgate's Ian Curtis is third in the 3,200 at 9:52.03.
Whitefish's Lee Walburn owns a pair of top 10 times in each hurdle event. Walburn, a senior, is sixth in the 110 hurdles (15.44) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.20). Flathead junior Camas Rinehart owns the best 300 time at 39.42 with Glacier junior Drew Deck just behind him at 39.71. Valley Christian senior Benjamin Tuinstra also ranks in the top 10 in both hurdles. He's 10th in the 110's at 15.57 and seventh in the 300 hurdles at 41.21.
Seeley-Swan's 1,600-relay team of Robinson, Dakota Wood, Caleb Maughan and Shelmerdine ranks at No. 2 after their 3:27.59 earned at the Frenchtown Invite. They trail just behind Billings West. Frenchtown ranks third behind them courtesy of Klucewich, Kaiden Romney, Schmautz and Aidan Cyr.
Hamilton senior Jacob Campbell ranks second in the shot put (52-05) and fifth in the discus (147-09). Corvallis senior Garrett Brown is fourth in the shot (51-07) and Sentinel junior Brandon Spencer is third in the discus at 157-01, a mark he achieved at the MCPS Invite. Spencer also is seventh in the shot put at 49-02.
Trailing Ortt in the javelin is Hamilton senior Michael Graves (188-04), Glacier senior Evan Todd (187-04) and Columbia Falls senior Drew Morgan (178-05) to round out the top four. Sentinel senior Brock Field also ranks in the top 10 in the discus and javelin, coming in at No. 6 in the discus (144-06) and eighth in the javelin (170-09).
Sentinel's Elias Dewaters also leads the state in the triple jump at 43-10 while Noxon's Levi Brubaker is third at 43-03.50. Deck is third in the long jump at 21-06.75.
For the girls, Hellgate's Ember Stratton (5:11.48) and Katie Munro (5:15.01) rank at Nos. 2 and 3 respectively in the 1,600. Stratton, a senior, is also third in the 3,200 (10:50.12) while Polson senior Bea Frissell (11:24.59) is sixth overall but leads Class A. Frissell is the reigning 1,600 and 3,200 champ.
Columbia Falls junior Josie Windauer ranks third in the 400 (1:00.32) while Frenchtown junior Faith Rebich (1:00.74) is fourth.
Sentinel senior Ashley McElmurry currently sits at No. 2 in the 100 hurdles (15.62) and seventh in the 300 hurdles (48.46). Big Sky junior Gianna Migliaccio jumped into the top 10 in both hurdles on Tuesday and ranks third in the 300 (47.38) and eighth in the 100 (16.23). Glacier junior Faith Brennan also ranks third in the 100 hurdles (15.78), fifth in the triple jump (35-07.25) and eighth in the long jump (17-00).
Big Sky's 1,600-relay team jumped to fourth-best in the state after posting a time of 4:12.84 at the MCPS Invite.
Glacier junior Mya Mcneely is third in the shot put at 38-06 while Flathead senior Kayla Martin is fifth at 37-09.50. Seeley-Swan sophomore Klaire Kovatch comes in at fourth in the discus at 124-11.50 and Hellgate junior Piper Pfister is fourth in the javelin at 122-11 and Glacier senior Katie Dixon is fifth at 122-01.
Big Sky senior Isabella Reed is now tied for the top girls pole vault mark at 11-06 after Tuesday's meet. Whitefish freshman Erin Wilde is tied for fifth in the high jump (5-03) with Flathead senior Madison Boles and Glacier sophomore Taylor Brisendine. McElmurry is third in the long jump as well at 17-10.75 while Stevensville sophomore Ashton Lewis is fourth at 17-05.
Sentinel junior Lauren Heggen ranks No. 1 in the triple jump still at 38-07.75 while McElmurry is second at 38-02. Big Sky senior Whitney Morrison is third at 36-11.50. Morrison also ranks eighth in the javelin at 120-07. Heggen ranks second in the long jump at 17-11.75 and sixth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.07.
Dahlberg, Optimist Invites up next
Two of the best track & field meets of the year are scheduled for Friday.
The Swede Dahlberg Invite in Butte and the Great Falls Optimist Invite bring all of the Class AA schools together for a state preview of sorts. The boys compete in Butte while the girls head to Great Falls.
The meets give each team a chance to see how they measure up against the rest of the state.
Butte has been hounded by snow all season, so keep an eye on weather ahead of Friday's meet. Other area meets include the Seeley-Swan Invite on Saturday in Missoula, the Sapphire Twilight meet in Corvallis on Thursday and the Columbia Falls Invite on Saturday.