The Cut Bank track and field teams competed last week in Great Falls at the Fairfield/Belt Invitational and Dakota Manecke and Kamdyn Molenda continued their undefeated streaks in the pole vault and 100 meters. Manecke broke her own school record yet again as she cleared 10-0 to win her sixth meet in a row while Molenda overcame some strong head winds to also run her winning streak to six consecutive meets. The local tracksters have a busy last week of regular season meets before the District 1B Meet in Great Falls next weekend.
On top of her win in the 100, Molenda also placed second in the triple jump with a personal record of 32-06 and just missed out on placing in the 400, finishing seventh with a time of 1:04.33 in her first attempt at the race this season. Molenda also competed in the long jump with a distance of 14-02 and competed in the 4x100 relay with Portia Taylor, Manecke and Jackie Waller to get a season’s best time of 55.32.
Manecke not only broke her own school record in the pole vault, she set the meet record as well, breaking former Cut Bank trackster Madison Dodson’s mark of 9-0.
The undefeated duo were the only Lady Wolves to place at the meet but several others set personal records including Katrina Ostler who set personal bests in the 200 (30.18) and 400 (1:08.97). London Raemaeker also set a personal record in the 1600 with a time of 6:20.66. Waller had a personal best in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.81, Brynne Finstad set a personal mark in the shot put with a distance of 27-05.25 and Taylor’s toss of 83-08 was also a personal best.
The boys’ squad was shut out of the placement points but many members of the squad set personal bests as the regular season winds down. Hayden Hedges set a personal record in the 200 with a time of 24.45 while Josiah Fultz also set a PR in the event with a time of 27.19. Fultz also tried his hand at throwing this past week and set a personal mark of 83-06 in the javelin. All three of the boys’ milers set personal bests, led by Henry Gannon with a 5:19.56. Nathaniel Anderson followed with a 5:25.26 and Dalton Estey was at 6:08.76. Gannon also PR’d in the 400 with a time of 56.63 while Estey set another personal best with a time of 13:53.19 in the 3200. Jordyn Fields also set a personal record in the 400 with a time of 58.23 while just missing out on placing in the pole vault, clearing 10-6 and finishing seventh.
Wesley Omsberg set a personal best with a 31-08 in the shot put, Jeremy Gallagher’s javelin toss of 102-07 was a personal best. Bauer Seewald closed out the Cut Bank personal bests with a leap of 17-04 in the long jump.
“I was proud to see the athletes work hard again on a cold, windy day,” said head coach Shayle Ehlers. “Late April should be nicer, but these Cut Bank athletes are tough and every cold, windy meet makes them tougher.”
Twelve Cut Bank athletes qualified for the Cascade Top 8 meet held yesterday including Andrew Andersen, Fields, Finstad, Hedges, Manecke, Molenda, Raemaeker, Seewald, Waller, Taylor and Stephon McGillis. Thursday Cut Bank will take 11 freshmen to the Great Falls High Freshman Invitational while the entire squad will be in Kalispell on Saturday for the Archie Roe Meet in their final preparation for the District 1B Meet.