MISSOULA — Hard to believe there's only one month until the state track & field meets.
But after a late start to the spring sports season, the conclusion is not far off and athletes across the state have been putting up some eye-popping numbers. State AA and B will be in Kalispell on May 24 and 25 while State A and C will be held in Laurel.
It's been a couple of weeks since we've done a high school track & field notebook so here is an updated look at some of the leaders with marks and times across western Montana, regardless of classification. This will be focusing on athletes who rank in the top five regardless of class or athletes who rank in the top 10 overall in multiple events.
As seasons go on, it's not uncommon to see early marks get national recognition before getting topped by others quickly as athletes achieve mid-season form.
But four Montanans still hold spots in the top 10 in the country with their performances so far. Missoula Sentinel senior and future Montana State Bobcat Rylan Ortt ranks at No. 8 in the javelin with his throw of 200 feet, 10 inches at the Swede Dahlberg Invitational on April 19 in Butte. Ortt's throw ranked as high as fourth when it happened. Ty Hampton of North Bend, Oregon, leads the country with a throw of 216-10.
Columbia Falls junior Angellica Street also ranks eighth in the women's high school javelin ranks with her toss of 149-04 at the Frenchtown Invite on April 6. Skylar Ciccolini of Mifflin County High School in Pennsylvania leads the nation with a throw of 184-02, which she completed on Saturday.
Helena junior Trey Tintinger, the two-time defending State AA high jump champ and all-class record holder, is tied for sixth in the country at 6-11 which he achieved on April 6 at the Arcadia Invitational in California. Billings Skyview junior Julius Mims is tied for 10th at 6-10. Jackson Marseille of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Florida leads the country with a jump of 7-01 3/4.
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Ashley McElmurry's performance at last week's Russ Pilcher Top 10 meet turned plenty of heads. The Sentinel star and future Nebraska Cornhusker won three events — both hurdles and triple jump — which gave her the top marks in three events in Montana.
One week later, nothing has changed on that front. McElmurry's 100 hurdles (14.60) and 300 hurdles (45.47) times from the top 10 meet continue to lead the state regardless of classification. McElmurry also leads the triple jump with her mark of 39-09.75 from the Great Falls Optimist Invite on April 19. She ranks second in the long jump at 18-11 behind Bozeman's Delaney Bahn (19-11.25).
McElmurry's triple jump mark would be enough to beat the state record which is held by teammate Lauren Heggen at 39-07. State records can only be broken at state meets though. Heggen has missed the past couple of weeks due to injury but still ranks second and third in the triple (38-07.75) and long (17-11.75) jumps, respectively. Big Sky junior Whitney Morrison is right on their heels at third in the triple (37-11) and is tied for fourth in the long jump (17-05). Stevensville sophomore Ashton Lewis also is tied for fourth in the long jump. Heggen is also 10th in the 100 hurdles at 16.07.
Glacier junior Aubry Grame is second in the 300 hurdles at 46.54 while Sentinel sophomore Audrey McElmurry is third at 46.87.
Seeley-Swan senior Lily Mercer moved into No. 2 in the state in the 400 at the Top 10 meet as well with a time of 59.40. She trails Helena freshman Odessa Zentz, who ran a 58.42 at the Top 10. Columbia Falls junior Josie Windauer (59.89) and Hellgate senior Madi Provo (59.96) come in at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, with times they also accomplished at the Top 10. Windauer is tied for sixth in the pole vault at 10-6.
Sentinel freshman Brooke Stayner's 2:19.64 she ran at the Top 10 has her at No. 3 in the 800 in the state. Big Sky senior Madison Edwards isn't far behind her at No. 6 with a time of 2:22.55. Stayner is also third in the 100 hurdles (15.45) while Edwards is 10th in the 1,600 (5:16.42). Charlo sophomore Carlee Fryberger is fifth overall in the 100 hurdles at 15.66.
Hellgate senior Ember Stratton (5:07.95) trails Billings Senior senior Tiahna Vladic (5:07.30) just barely in the 1,600. Polson senior Bea Frissell (5:08.99) ranks just behind them at No. 3. Frissell and Stratton completed those times at the Top 10. Both rank in the top five in the 3,200 as well with Stratton third at 10:50.12 from the Arcadia meet while Frissell comes in at fourth at 10:53.14 which she ran at the Whitefish ARM Track Meet on Saturday.
Glacier junior Faith Brennan ranks in the top 10 in three events, coming in at fifth in the triple (37-05), sixth in the 100 hurdles (15.71) and 10th in the long jump (17-0).
Big Sky's 400-relay team ranks fourth in the state at 50.46 while its 1,600-relay team is third at 4:08.61. Big Sky senior Isabella Reed continues to be tied for tops in the state in the pole vault at 11-6, a mark she achieved at the Top 10. Three-time State A discus champ Calla Haldorson of Corvallis leads the state in that event at 142-08 while Seeley-Swan sophomore Klaire Kovatch is third at 136-11. Hellgate junior Piper Pfister is fifth overall in javelin at 125-06 while Glacier junior Mya Mcneely ranks fifth in the shot put at 38-06.
On the boys side, Sentinel junior Jaden Foster sits at No. 2 in the 100 (10.94) and No. 3 in the 200 (22.34). Flathead junior Chance Sheldon-Allen is fourth in the 100 (11.12) and second in the 200 (22.32) while Frenchtown sophomore Jace Klucewich is tied for fifth in the 100 (11.13) and is seventh in the 200 (22.60). Klucewich is also fourth in the long jump at 21-08.25. Troy senior Hunter Leighty leads all classes in the 400 (50.50) while Seeley-Swan senior Hunter Shelmerdine is right behind him at 50.52.
Glacier's Drew Deck is in the top 10 in four events. His 300 hurdles time of 39.40 leads the state while he ranks fifth in the 400 (50.79), sixth in the long jump (21-06.75) and seventh in the triple (42-10.25). Columbia Falls senior Drew Morgan is sixth in the 200 at 22.57 and seventh in the javelin at 179-0.
Frenchtown junior Tyler Schmautz leads the state in the 800 at 1:58.70 while Flathead senior Kyle Calles is fourth at 2:01.38 while Sentinel senior Noah McNelis is fifth at 2:01.53. Flathead senior Ben Perrin ranks at No. 2 overall in the 1,600 (4:23.01) and 3,200 (9:36.58) but leads the Class AA in both. Hellgate junior Ian Curtis (9:39.85), Glacier junior Simon Hill (9:51.13) and Hellgate junior Lukas Horejsi (9:51.26) all round out the top five in the 3,200. Perrin is also sixth in the 800 at 2:01.58 while Curtis is seventh in the 1,600 at 4:32.57 and Schmautz is sixth at 4:32.10.
Flathead junior Camas Rinehart is second in the 300 hurdles (39.42) while Whitefish senior Lee Walburn ranks third in the 110 hurdles (15.13) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (40.20). Columbia Falls 400-relay team has the second-fastest time in the state, clocking a 43.77 at the Top 10. Seeley-Swan's 1,600-relay team also owns the second-best time at 3:27.59 just behind Billings West which posted a 3:26.61. Sentinel is fourth at 3:29.89 while Frenchtown is fifth at 3:30.07.
Hamilton senior Jacob Campbell moved up to No. 2 in the state in the shot put on Saturday at 55-05, just behind Sidney senior Carter Hughes at 55-11.50. Corvallis senior Garrett Brown is third at 55-0 and Sentinel senior Brock Field is fourth at 51-11. Campbell also ranks fifth in the discus at 154-06 while Sentinel junior Brandon Spencer is third at 158-05. Field is sixth in the discus at 147-04.
Glacier senior and Montana track & field signee Evan Todd is second in the javelin at 196-01. Hamilton senior Michael Graves is right behind him at No. 3 at 189-02.
Noxon senior Levi Brubaker leads the state in the triple jump after posting a 45-foot mark at the Top 10. Sentinel senior Elias Dewaters is third at 43-10.
We're beginning to wind down to some of the final meets before districts and divisionals. Anaconda will play host to the Top Eight meet on Tuesday while the Lake County Invitational is on Thursday in Polson. The Kim Haines Invitational is this week at Missoula County Stadium as well and the Archie Roe Invitational will take place in Kalispell on Saturday.