The Valier Panthers brought home plenty of individual hardware from last weekend’s District 10-C Track Meet in Great Falls and the girls team claimed the second place team trophy in the process. The teams will look to continue their success Thursday, May 17, at the Northern C Divisional Meet at Memorial Stadium in Great Falls. Athletes placing in the top six at the District Meet advanced to Divisionals.
Cascade won top honors in the girls division with 142 points followed by the Panthers with 92. Power was close behind with 91 points followed by Great Falls Central (81), Simms (54), Dutton-Brady (44), Augusta (16) and Sunburst (1).
The boys placed fifth as a team with 30.5 points trailing first placed Power (179), Great Falls Central (122), Sunburst (72) and Augusta (51). Cascade finished sixth with 17.5 points followed by Simms with nine, Dutton-Brady with seven and Heart Butte with six.
Teia Lackner won the high jump as she cleared 4-08 and the Panthers swept the 1-4 positions on the podium as Tabitha Suek placed second, clearing 4-06, Abby Bock placed third at 4-02 and Hannah Christians cleared 4-0 to place fourth.
Bock also placed second in the 800 (2:40.62) and the 1600 (6:10.21) as well as third in the pole vault with a personal best of 6-0. Suek also cleared 6-0 to tie Bock for third place. Christians also placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 27-10.75 and fifth in the long jump at 13-04, both personal bests.
Erica Ramsey placed second in the 400 with a time of 1:06.99, third in the 200 (29.52) and sixth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 53.86, all personal records for the freshman. Kylie Christiaens placed third in the 100 with a time of 14.5 and fifth in the pole vault as she cleared 6-0. KwinLee Briggs placed fifth in the discus with a toss of 84-07 and sixth in the shot put with a distance of 26-11.5, both personal bests, and also ran a leg on the fourth place 4x400 relay with Bock, Ramsey and MaKenna VandenBos.
The boys squad was led by Brock Barcus who placed in four individual events. Barcus placed second in the 200 with a time of 25.14 to go along with a pair of fourth place finishes in the 100 (12.5) and 400 (58.07) as well as a sixth place finish in the high jump where the freshman cleared 5-0. Barcus also ran a leg on the Panthers’ fourth place 4x100 relay along with Wacey RunningCrane, Kasen Kovatch and Koltin Christiaens.
Brody Connelly, another freshman, qualified for Divisionals in two individual events with a third place finish, and personal best, in the pole vault as he cleared 8-0 and a leap of 16-10.25 gave him fifth place. Kovatch rounded out the individual placements with a fifth place finish in the pole vault at 7-06, a personal record.
Non-placing marks at the District Meet included: Kylie Christiaens, 200 30.35, 300 hurdles 56.63; Lackner, discus 50-08, javelin 55-07; Briggs, javelin 58-05; RunningCrane, 100 13.05; 200 26.78, 400 1:02.46; Connelly, 100 13.25, 400 59.59; Koltin Christiaens, 100 13.38, 200 26.84, javelin 96-0; Kovatch, 200 28.17, javelin 108-06.
Events at the Northern C Divisional Meet are slated to begin at 9:30 a.m.