LAUREL — Two summers ago, Haiden Collins had sustained his fifth concussion, and the doctors said that was finally enough.

No more football.

Collins was heading into his junior year of football with Lewistown when his concussion happened. 

With football coming to a close and two years left of high school, Collins decided to turn his attention towards track and field instead.

And after this past weekend in Laurel, that work and focus paid off.

Collins, now a senior, swept the 110- and 300-meter hurdles over the weekend at the State A track and field meet at the Laurel Sports Complex. 

"I've put a lot of time into track," Collins said after winning the 300. "I mean, battling through injuries, I've fought all this off just to have this opportunity this year."

It was his second straight year of winning the 300, and first time in the 110 after finishing second as a junior. 

Along with the three individual state titles, Collins earned another perk from his work in track. Collins will next head to Rocky Mountain College to run there. 

For Collins, the success has been well worth the work.

"I love it, it's awesome," he said about sweeping the hurdles. "I've been working for this all four years so it's just a great feeling to come out and finally have those two under my belt."

Ludwig wins by .01

One year ago, Taylor Ludwig described the 100-meter dash as a "heartbreaking" finish. 

This year, it was just the opposite. 

After losing to Lewistown's Jaree Mane by one one-hundredth of a second as a junior, the Laurel sprinter won this year's State A 100 by .01 second over Dillon's Hayle Sundquist.

"It was awesome," Ludwig said. "I was just really focusing on the lean at the end and honestly when I finished I didn't know who won. I was waiting for the scoreboard just like last year but it was nice being the first name up."

Her reaction last year was one of frustration and sadness. 

This time around?

"Pretty much the exact opposite," she said, laughing. "Just super excited and so happy."

After the prelims of the 100 on Friday, Sundquist led the field with a 12.66 while Ludwig was second heading into the finals at 12.84. Ludwig admitted that she's been battling some sickness over the past couple of weeks, but after getting a good amount of rest on Friday night, she felt better heading into Saturday's finals.

"I tried to mentally tell myself that I'm ready for this and prepared and no matter sick or healthy I'm ready to go," she said. 

Ludwig's next race was the 200 finals, a race she entered having the fastest Class A time in the state. After finishing in second in the prelims on Friday, she injured her hamstring in the beginning of the finals. She was still able to cross the finish line despite the injury. 

It was a tough way to end her high school career, but the Rocky Mountain College soccer and track commit said she was happy to finally break through in the 100. 

And this time, she ended up on the better side of .01.

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