As track season begins to grind towards championship season, plenty more athletes from around Southwest Montana have qualified for the state meet.
With the weather being mostly cooperative over the last few weeks, schools have been able to get their meets in and as such, times have shot up. There is certainly a good chance of at least a few state champions from the area and here is how some of the best are doing.
Tommy Mellott leads the way for the Bulldogs and is currently qualified for state in four individual events — the 100 meters, the 200, the 400 and the long jump. He’s also part of both Butte’s 1600 and 3200 meter relays. His long jump mark of 21 feet, four inches is the third best mark in Class AA.
Quinn Sullivan has hit 40.93 in the 300 meter hurdles to qualify and is currently ranked sixth in Class AA in the event.
Field events for Butte have been strong on the girls side, with Gabbie Parini qualified in the long jump and Anna Trudnowski currently tied for the third-best high jump mark in Class AA. Trudnowski hit the qualifying standard for the 400 meters along with Ally Cleverly on May 3 at the Butte Invite. They’re fifth and sixth in Class AA in the event, respectively.
Butte has also hit the qualifying standard in the girls 1600-meter relay.
Senior standout Lindsay McGree has been the story of the year for the Maroons track team.
She leads the Class A girls in the long jump (she hit a personal best 18-3.5 at the Butte Invite) and is tied for third in the 100 with a time of 12.97. Her freshman sister, Rileigh, is qualified in both the long and triple jump.
Cade Holter has been incredible in the javelin this season and his personal best of 182-1 is the fifth best throw in the state and third best in Class A. Maroons junior Cutter Thatcher is qualified in two events, the 400 meters (51.19) and the long jump (21-3) where he’s ranked fourth in Class A.
Aaron Richards also has marks in the discus and shot put — his discus throw of 142-3.5 is ranked No. 7 in Class A while his shot out is No. 10.
Butte Central’s 4x100 relay is currently No. 8 in Class A with a mark of 44.83 and the Maroons need to shave three tenths of a second off to hit the qualifying standard.
Both Dillon squads are filled with impressive athletes, but one of the very best has been junior Tylia DeJohn. The speedster’s 100 time of 12.47 is the best in Class A and the second best in the entire state. She also leads Class A in the 200 with a 26.00 and is part of the 4x400 relay that’s currently ranked second in the division.
Alfred Peterson is headed to state in both the high and long jumps. Peterson actually has the best Class A marks in both events, while teammate Michael Haverfield is second in the high jump.
Both Dillon boys and girls 1600 and 3200 relay teams have hit qualifying standards.
Dylan Cervelli has been strong for the Beavers as well and has hit marks in both the 200 and 400 meter dashes.
Madalen Shipman is one of just five Class A girls to reach the state qualifying mark in the 400 and is also part of the 3200 relay. Her sister, Ainsley, is No. 3 in Class A in the triple jump (36-1) and one of just two athletes to hit marks in the girls 300 hurdles.
Treyton Anderson has hit a qualifying mark in both the 110 and 300 hurdles on the boys side. Justus Peterson is also qualified in the 200.
The Wardens again have solid teams on both the girls and boys sides.
Kamryn Scully leads the way with five events qualified for — the pole vault, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, the 400 and the long jump. She’s second in Class B in the 300 meter hurdles and tied for first in the pole vault.
Amy Fjell-Hagan has hit state marks in both the discus and shot put and the junior is one of Class B’s best throwers.
On the boys side, Dyllon McDermid is qualified in three events for the Wardens, including the 100 (11.37) and high jump, where he’s hit six feet. He’s also part of Deer Lodge’s third-ranked Class B boys 1600 relay along with Tanner Jolly, Greydon Nicholson and Logan Nicholson.
Greydon Nicholson is also qualified in the high jump.
Jefferson’s Coen Guisti has made tremendous strides in his throwing this season and is currently the only Class B athlete to hit a state standard mark in the shot put. He’s also third in the discus (144-1) with the top-six athletes in that event separated by less than five feet.
Avery Stiles, one of the state’s best high jumpers, has also qualified himself in the triple and long jumps.
Whitehall’s Cade Brigs currently ranks No. 7 in Class B in the long jump with a mark of 20-8.75. That was set on April 27 at the Manhattan Christian Invitational and is good enough to qualify for the state meet. Colby Smith is just five inches short of the state standard in the javelin with a 162-7.
The Copperheads’ Brennen Blume is currently their lone state qualifier. The Anaconda sophomore has hit 12-6 in the pole vault this year and is one of just five vaulters in Class B to hit a state qualifying mark in that event.