Senior standout Kamdyn Molenda won five individual events at the District 1B Meet last weekend in Great Falls to lead the Lady Wolves to a second place team trophy. Although they only have seven athletes on the team this season, all seven will be advancing to the Northern B Divisional Meet in Glasgow this Saturday. The Lady Wolves scored 135 points, trailing Fairfield’s 162. Choteau placed third with 88 points, Shelby scored 83 while Conrad and Rocky Boy each tallied 26.
The boys’ team finished fifth in the team standings with 37 points and were led by their younger athletes as seven freshmen will make the trek to Glasgow. Fairfield topped the boys’ field with 260 points followed by Shelby with 121, Choteau with 62, Conrad with 42, Cut Bank’s 37 and Rocky Boy scored one. Athletes placing in the top six in each event advanced to this weekend’s Divisional Meet.
Molenda continued her streak in the 100 as she crossed the tape in 12.9. She also won the 200 with a time of 27.99 and set personal records in the 400 (1:01.33), long jump (16-05) and triple jump (33-02.5) on her way to first place finishes. Molenda scored 50 points to lead all athletes in the meet and has prequalified for State in the 100, 400 and long jump.
Dakota Manecke also continued her unbeaten streak in the pole vault as she topped the field at 9-06. The junior, who is prequalified for State in the pole vault, also is advancing to Divisionals in the high jump as she placed second with a 4-06.
Brynne Finstad had a busy day as she advanced in all three of her individual events. The senior placed second in the discus and shot put with tosses of 92-08 and 26-06. She also advanced with a fourth place finish in the javelin with a season’s best 88-03. Finstad teamed up with Portia Taylor, Manecke and Jackie Waller to place third in the 4x100 relay and she also placed third in the 4x400 relay along with Waller, London Raemaeker and Katrina Ostler.
Raemaeker placed second in the 3200 with a personal record of 13:39.16 and also placed third in both the 1600 (6:31.66) and javelin (89-08).
Waller placed third in both hurdles races, setting a personal record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.69 and finishing the 300 in 52.49.
Ostler rounded out the individual placements as she placed fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:52.72 and sixth in the 200 with a time of 30.62.
Freshman Hayden Hedges led the boys’ squad as he qualified for Divisionals in three individual events with a fourth place finish 200 (24.74), fifth in the 100 (11.93) and sixth in the triple jump (36-10.5). Hedges also ran on the Wolves’ 4x100 relay team that finished fourth along with Bauer Seewald, Stephon McGillis and Andrew Andersen, who was injured during his leg of the race but finished, allowing his team to advance. Andersen will be replaced by freshman Austin Vanek at the Divisional Meet.
“It was an awful sight to see Andrew get injured,” said head coach Shayle Ehlers. “But it was really cool to see him dig deep and finish the race for his teammates.”
Freshman Kierrin Rooney set a personal record in the 1600 with a time of 5:01.8. Fellow freshmen Henry Gannon and Jeremy Gallagher advanced in two events each. Gallagher placed fourth in the javelin with a personal best 130-01 and sixth in the shot put with a PR of 35-11. Gannon placed sixth in both the 400 (55.96) and 300 hurdles (47.54). Seewald placed sixth in the high jump, clearing 5-06 and freshman classmate Nathaniel Anderson also advanced to Divisionals with a sixth place finish in the 3200 with a personal record of 11:42.22. Junior Jordyn Fields placed third in the pole vault, clearing 10-06, and ran a leg on the Wolves’ fourth place 4x400 relay along with McGillis, Gannon and Anderson.
“Saturday was a beautiful day for track and field,” said Ehlers. “The athletes were ready to perform and did so. I’m excited about the number of competitors we will have in Divisionals this coming weekend. This week the level of competition will increase and I know that will bring out the best in these athletes.”
Events in Glasgow are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.