The Cut Bank track and field teams had a busy week with three meets and two of the stars of this season continued their undefeated streaks in their signature events. Senior Kamdyn Molenda and junior Dakota Manecke won the 100 and pole vault, respectively, in the Cascade Top 8 Meet and the Archie Roe where teams from Classes AA, A, B and C participated. The team will now look to continue their success from the regular season at the District 1B Meet in Great Falls on Saturday held at Memorial Stadium.
Tuesday in Great Falls for the Cascade Top 8 Meet, where athletes had to qualify to compete, Manecke yet again broke her own school record in the pole vault as she cleared 10-06. Molenda set a personal record in the 100 on her way to the victory with a time of 12.83. Molenda also set a personal record in the 200 (27.31) and triple jump (32-11), placing second in both events as well as finishing sixth in the long jump with a leap of 14-08. London Raemaeker placed second in the 3200 with a time of 14:28.7 and finished sixth in the 1600 at 6:30.13. Jackie Waller placed fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 52.19 and Brynne Finstad rounded out the girls’ placements with a sixth place finish in the discus at 90-05.
Hayden Hedges, Andrew Andersen and Jordyn Fields led the boys’ team as each placed sixth in an individual event. Hedges had a time of 24.47 in the 200 to place, Fields cleared 10-06 in the pole vault and Andersen set a personal record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.16.
On Thursday the local tracksters competed at the GFH Freshman Invite against AA, A, B and C schools and Hedges led the way with a first place finish in the long jump with a personal record of 19-02.5. Hedges also set a personal record of 37-08.5 in the triple jump to place second. Bauer Seewald also set a personal record in the long jump, where he placed second with a leap of 18-03. The duo teamed up with Josiah Fultz and Austin Vanek to place fifth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 49.26. Henry Gannon placed second in the 400 with a PR of 56.17 and he also placed third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.44.
Jeremy Gallagher placed in all three throwing events as he placed third in both the shot put (35-09) and discus (99-03) as well as finishing fourth in the javelin with a PR of 116-10.
Waller is the lone freshman member of the Lady Wolves’ track team and placed third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 19.07 and she set a personal record of 30.76 in the 200 to finish sixth.
Saturday in Kalispell at the Archie Roe, Molenda won the 100 with a time of 12.94 and also placed sixth in the 400 with a season’s best 1:02.79. Manecke cleared 9-06 to claim the pole vault. Both she and Molenda have claimed titles in the pole vault and 100, respectively, in every meet they have competed in this season.
Raemaeker placed fifth in the JV javelin with a toss of 87-04 and has put herself in good position in the 3200 heading to Districts as she set a personal record of 13:41.75 in Kalispell. Waller set personal records in both hurdles events as she claimed second place in the freshman division in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.93 and her time of 52.04 came in the varsity division of the 300 hurdles.
Andersen scored the lone boys’ varsity point in Kalispell with a sixth place finish in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.58. Hedges led the way in the freshman division with a second place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 37-03 and a fourth place finish in the long jump at 17-10.05. Seewald placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 17-0.
“Our relay teams looked strong at Archie Roe,” said head coach Shayle Ehlers. “On the boys’ side we finally put our best athletes together on the 4x400 and ran a huge PR of 3:52.37 and set ourselves up for success at Districts this weekend. The boys’ 4x100 relay hit a personal record at the Top 8 and ran a better time at the Archie Roe.”
Cut Bank’s 4x400 team included Fields, Vanek, Gannon and Stephon McGillis while the 4x100 relay consists of Seewald, Hedges, Andersen and McGillis.
“The girls’ relays ran well too,” said Ehlers. “They hit a new PR in the 4x400 and the girls’ 4x100 looks strong despite taking Kamdyn off to allow her to focus on her five individual events.”
The girls’ 4x400 relay is Finstad, Waller, Raemaeker and Portia Taylor. Taylor, Finstad, Waller and Manecke made up the 4x100 relay.
Saturday’s District Meet is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Qualifying athletes will advance to the Northern B Divisional Meet next weekend in Glasgow.