The Valier Lady Panthers used four first place finishes by four different athletes at the District 10-C Track Meet last week to bring home the second place individual trophy, along with plenty of individual hardware. The boys finished sixth in the team race to a trophy and were led by strong individual performances from a pair of Panthers. The top six athletes from each event advance to the Northern C Divisional Meet held in Great Falls at Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
Erica Ramsey led the girls as she finished first in the 400 with a time of 1:05.16 and the sophomore also finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:40.04. Ramsey also went on to place sixth in the long jump with a leap of 13-11.
Kylie Christiaens also won an individual event as she topped the field in the 300 hurdles with a time of 51.06, she placed fourth in the high jump, clearing 4-02, and also set a personal record of 18.84 in the 100 hurdles to place sixth. Abby Bock won the pole vault as she cleared 8-04. She also placed third in the high jump with a height of 4-04. Teia Lackner was the fourth member of the Lady Panthers to win an event as her height of 4-08 was good enough to win the high jump.
Emma Valdez placed third and set personal records in both the 1600 (6:25.01) and 3200 (14:17.10). Valdez also teamed up with Bock, Christiaens and Ramsey to place second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:34.59. Valdez, Bock, Christiaens and Skylar Connelly also advanced in the 4x100 relay as they placed fifth with a time of 59.33.
Connelly placed second in the high jump at 4-04 and also placed fourth in the javelin with a toss of 96-07 and fourth in the pole vault with a PR of 6-06.
Brock Barcus led the boys’ squad as he placed in four individual events. Barcus advanced to Divisionals in all three sprints as he placed third in the 400 (55.66) and fourth in both the 100 (11.82) and 200 (24.72). Barcus also cleared 5-04 in the high jump to place third.
Brody Connelly also had a strong showing at the District Meet as he placed second in the pole vault with a personal best 10-09. He also set a PR to place third in the long jump at 18-06. Connelly and Barcus teamed up with Brett Monroe and Kasen Kovatch to place third in the 4x100 relay with a time of 47.6.
Kovatch cleared 8-06 in the pole vault to place third and round out the Panther placements.
Divisional events are slated to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday in Great Falls.