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Charlo’s Chance Firestone runs in the 1,600 relay on Saturday at the State C track meet in Great Falls. Charlo won the event in a time of 3 minutes, 32.11 seconds. Photo by JOHN SMITH/for the Missoulian

GREAT FALLS - The 1972 Charlo boys' track and field team still stands alone - but not for a lack of effort on the part of this year's squad.

The Vikings, who were hoping to add a second team championship to the one they earned 38 years ago, placed second at the State C meet on Saturday after a whirlwind weekend at Memorial Stadium.

Joliet rode sprinter Jess Graber and a smattering of other placers to 89 points. The J-Hawks, last year's state runner-up, got the better of Western C foes Charlo and Ennis. The Vikings finished with 56 points, while the Mustangs had 48.

"It's been 11 years since we got a trophy," said Charlo senior Chance Firestone. "It seems like we always get cut out of the awards ceremony by just a few points, but this year we did it."

The last time the Vikings placed at state was in 1999 in Missoula, when they tied Chester for third place. Ennis actually led the other two schools after Friday's first day of competition, but the eight members wearing purple and black stuck with it.

"I'm happy," longtime Charlo coach Bret Thompson said. "It's not very often that you can say you did your very best at a state meet, but after today I think we can say that."

The Vikings were led by senior Cody Nitschke, who won the 110-meter hurdles, took second in the 300 hurdles and ran anchor on both of Charlo's winning relay teams.

"Cody had a huge meet," Thompson said. "Three golds and a silver; that doesn't happen very often."

Nitschke extracted a little revenge on Harlowton senior Caleb Dick, who beat Nitschke in the intermediate hurdles the day before. The two hurdlers ran similar times in the trials of the 110s on Friday to set up an exciting finale for Saturday, except it never got that close.

Dick stumbled sideways after banging into the fifth hurdle in front of him. It threw off Dick's momentum for just a bit, and that was all Nitschke needed to take control.

"We were neck-and-neck and all of a sudden he disappears," said Nitschke, who was clocked at 14.89 seconds. "I figured I better go. I heard him banging and clicking back there."

Dick finished second, while Hot Springs senior Reiley Winebrenner got fourth and Charlo sophomore Stephen Delaney took sixth. Delaney also placed in Friday's 300.

The Vikings' long relay, which also featured Firestone, Chance Rosenbaum and Chico Stipe, crossed the finish line in 3:32.11, which was more than two seconds faster than their season best. Charlo also lowered its top time in the 400 relay with a 44.44. Austin Bauer subbed in for Rosenbaum on the short relay.

The Vikes' only other points on Saturday came from junior Michael Smith, who was fifth in the 1,600.

Noxon's Derek Jensen pulled out a surprise victory in the shot put. The junior came from the back of the pack to win with a throw of 45 feet, 11 3/4 inches.

"I got in that ring and said, ‘I'm in the finals. It's all or nothing,' " Jensen said. "When I let go it didn't feel like my best throw, but it ended up being my best."

Jensen, who was fifth at divisionals, looked on the internet prior to state and figured out he had only the 11th best mark among the Class C competitors, and he'd be lying if he said it didn't faze him.

"Oh my gosh, I can't even comprehend this. It's crazy," said Jensen after climbing down off the podium. "You see yourself down there on that (internet) list, and then you see yourself up there. It's mind-shocking."

The boys' high jump featured another winner from the West as St. Regis' Thomas Spencer cleared 6-0 to beat a deep field. Arlee senior Kyle Felsman was fourth.

Drummond senior Neil Mannix was the only other boys' placer from the Missoula area. He finished fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200.

The Charlo girls flirted with getting into the trophy chase, but that honor went to Ennis instead, while the Vikings managed to break the top 10.

The Mustangs, behind double-winner Taylor McNally, scored 58 points. Joliet (48) was bolstered by junior Mackenzie O'Dore, who completed the distance sweep by winning the 800 and 3,200 on Saturday. Shields Valley (44) was third.

McNally won the shot put with a heave of 43-6 3/4. She won the discus on Friday. Teammate Mikayla Sullivan added a win in the 300 hurdles.

O'Dore set the only class record of the meet by taking the 3,200 in 11:19.7.

There were no individual winners out of District 13-C or 14-C, but Charlo senior Jaris Kelley did earn a runner-up medal in the pole vault, which was carried over from Friday because of bad weather. The event was the first one completed on Saturday.

"I had to get up at 6:30 to eat breakfast and get ready," said Kelley, who cleared 9-0. "It was actually really sunny out and I thought ‘Oh yeah, this is going to be a good day.'"

The Charlo girls also placed second in the 1,600 relay and fifth in the 400 relay, and junior Schaelyn Fell was fourth in the 100 hurdles.

Also from the west, Lincoln freshman Katie Menard placed second in the 200 and fifth in the 100 - races that were won by Fairview's Morgan Klose.

Hot Springs teammates Devon White and Randi Arnold placed 3-4 in the triple jump, which was won by Grass Range freshman Martha Dembek, who also won the long jump.

State C track meet

At Great Falls

Saturday

Boys

Team scores: Joliet 89, Charlo 56, Ennis 48, Harlowton 29, Power 28 1/3, Terry 23, Fort Benton 18, Nashua 18, Roberts 17, Hinsdale-Saco 16 1/3, Augusta 14, North Star 14, Belt 12, Chinook 12, Wibaux 12, Big Sandy 10, Centerville 10, Great Falls Central 10, Hot Springs 10, Noxon 10, St. Regis 10, Highwood 8, Shields Valley 8, Stanford-Geyser 8, Drummond 6, Twin Bridges 6, Arlee 4, Reed Point-Rapelje 4, Gardiner 2 1/3, Circle 2, Froid-Medicine Lake 2, Valier 2, West Yellowstone 2, Roy-Winifred 2, Savage 1, Sheridan 1, Winnett-Grass Range 1, Chester-Joplin-Inverness (CJI) 1/3, Simms 1/3, White Sulphur Springs 1/3.

100 - 1. Jess Graber, Joliet, 11.17. 2. Hayden Vick, Power, 11.53. 3. Rhett Young, Augusta, 11.6. 4. Neil Mannix, Drummond, 11.6. 5. Koby Hawke, Valier, 11.64. 6. Shae Stein, Nashua, 11.71.

200 - 1. Jess Graber, Joliet, 22.48. 2. Hayden Vick, Power, 22.96. 3. Rory Bauer, Roberts, 23.06. 4. Kirk Capdeville, Hinsdale-Saco, 23.27. 5. Neil Mannix, Drummond, 23.42. 6. Shae Stein, Nashua, 23.45.

1,600 - 1. Gavin Owens, Ennis, 4:32.25. 2. Beau Milton, Joliet, 4:40.54. 3. Kellan Warren, North Star, 4:41.22. 4. Luke Stevenson, Joliet, 4:45.08. 5. Michael Smith, Charlo, 4:47.96. 6. Layne Lantis, Terry, 4:48.58.

110 hurdles - 1. Cody Nitschke, Charlo, 14.89. 2. Caleb Dick, Harlowton, 15.33. 3. Hayden Vick, Power, 15.39. 4. Riley Winebrenner, Hot Springs, 15.6. 5. Kirk Capdeville, Hinsdale-Saco, 16.22. 6. Stephen Delaney, Charlo, 16.26.

400 relay - 1. Charlo, 44.44. 2. Joliet, 44.85. 3. Wibaux, 45.12. 4. Chinook, 45.28. 5. Power, 45.45. 6. Harlowton, 45.47.

1,600 relay - 1. Charlo, 3:32.11. 2. Chinook, 3:36.41. 3. Great Falls Central, 3:37.46. 4. Harlowton, 3:37.88. 5. Circle, 3:38.51. 6. Joliet, 3:38.79.

Shot put - 1. Derek Jensen, Noxon, 45-11¾. 2. Miles Johnson, Stanford-Geyser, 45-10¾. 3. Stryker Anderson, Shields Valley, 45-9½. 4. Chris Biorn, Joliet, 45-8¼. 5. Jake Yochim, Ennis, 45-7¼. 6. Alex Hidalgo, Roberts, 45-7.

Triple jump - 1. Jared Mayernik, Centerville, 43-9¾. 2. Colton Ostwald, Joliet, 41-9¾. 3. Shae Stein, Nashua, 41-9¼. 4. Robert Gehre, Wibaux, 41-7½. 5. Michael Bent, Gardiner, 40-7¾. 6. Ryan Elam, Belt, 40-7¾.

High jump - 1. Thomas Spencer, St. Regis, 6-0. 2. William Crawford, Joliet, 6-0. 3. Cody Pierson, Twin Bridges, 6-0. 4. Kyle Felsman, Arlee, 5-10. 5. Porter Sturm, Roy-Winifred, 5-10. 6. Austin Sereday, White Sulphur Springs, 5-8; Tim Crawford, Simms, 5-8; Travis Somerfeld, Power, 5-8

Girls

Team scores: Ennis 58, Joliet 48, Shields Valley 44, Fairview 40, Lima 32, Harrison 30, Winnett-Grass Range 28, North Star 26, Charlo 22 1/3, Chinook 17, Terry 14, White Sulphur Springs 12, Belt 10, Big Sandy 10, Hot Springs 10, Lincoln 10, Power 10, Bridger 9, Centerville 9, Melstone 9, Broadview-Lavina 8, Denton 8, Harlowton 8, West Yellowstone 8, Roy-Winifred 8, Valier 6, Gardiner 4, Garfield County-Jordan 4, Savage 4, Drummond 3, Roberts 3, Circle 2, Fromberg 2, Geraldine 2, Park City 2, Twin Bridges 2, Chester-Joplin-Inverness (CJI) 1, Culbertson 1, Sheridan 1, Westby-Grenora 1, Hobson 1/3, Richey-Lambert 1/3.

100 - 1. Morgan Klose, Fairview, 13.0. 2. Blair Street, Shields Valley, 13.13. 3. Haylee Anderson, North Star, 13.29. 4. Mikayla Sullivans, Ennis, 13.31. 5. Katie Menard, Lincoln, 13.42. 6. Desy Mager, Twin Bridges, 13.47.

200 - 1. Morgan Klose, Fairview, 26.4. 2. Katie Menard, Lincoln, 26.9. 3. Mikayla Sullivan, Ennis, 27.0. 4. Blair Street, Shields Valley, 27.1. 5. Shelby Martinelli, Lima, 27.5. 6. Janae Reynen, Culbertson, 27.6.

800 - 1. MacKenzie O'Dore, Joliet, 2:19.7. 2. Shannon Young, Harrison, 2:20.6. 3. Elizabeth Nicwojna, Shields Valley, 2:23.9. 4. Michael Anne McInerney, Shields Valley, 2:26.4. 5. Taylor Bernhardt, Park City, 2:27.9. 6. Jordyn Rogers, Lima, 2:28.0.

3,200 - 1. MacKenzie O'Dore, Joliet, 11:19.7. 2. Shannon Young, Harrison, 11:23.1. 3. Elizabeth Nicwojna, Shields Valley, 12:06.5. 4. Shyla Goettemoeller, Denton, 12:07.8. 5. Taylor Cummings, Belt, 12:15.8. 6. Jordyn Rogers, Lima, 12:16.7.

100 hurdles - 1. Kayla Hanson, Chinook, 16.21. 2. Clarice Griffin, West Yellowstone, 16.41. 3. Shelby Martinelli, Lima, 16.57. 4. Schaelyn Fell, Charlo, 16.8. 5. Stephanie Nollmeyer, Savage, 16.87. 6. Melissa Hofer, Melstone, 17.18.

300 hurdles - 1. Mikayla Sullivan, Ennis, 47.0. 2. Bobby Dorvall, Bridger, 47.1. 3. Kayla Hanson, Chinook, 47.3. 4. Amy Bergan, White Sulphur Springs, 48.3. 5. Shelby Martinelli, Lima, 48.5. 6. Bridger Rice, Savage, 49.0.

400 relay - 1. North Star, 52.06. 2. Shields Valley, 52.21. 3. Joliet, 52.75. 4. Fairview, 52.96. 5. Charlo, 53.39. 6. Savage, 53.59.

1,600 relay - 1. Lima, 4:12.38. 2. Charlo, 4:16.64. 3. Joliet, 4:18.25. 4. Belt, 4:19.04. 5. Shields Valley, 4:21.55. 6. Twin Bridges, 4:23.53.

Shot put - 1. Taylor McNally, Ennis, 43-6¾; 2. Morgan Kujala, Centerville, 36-3¾; 3. Emily Gregg, Ennis, 35-7¼; 4. Taylor Billing, Garfield County, 35-5¼; 5. Dani Dukar, Terry, 34-7¼; 6. Shawni Schraner, Harlowton, 32-9¼.

Javelin - 1. Dani Dukart, Terry, 125-5. 2. Shelby Martinez, Winnett-Grass Range, 122-5. 3. Taylor Stratton, Harrison, 119-11. 4. Courtney Shearer, Ennis, 113-8. 5. Tayler Duvall, Geraldine, 111-4. 6. Kylie Ryals, Westby-Grenora, 110-10.

High jump - 1. Amber Amsbaugh, Big Sandy, 5-2. 2. Amy Bergan, White Sulphur Springs, 5-0. 3. Regan Bold, Roy-Winifred, 5-0. 4. Maddi Hoeninghausen, Gardiner, 5-0. 5. Dani Dukart, Terry, 4-10. 6. Jennie Jensen, Sheridan, 4-10.

Triple jump - 1. Martha Dembek, Winnett-Grass Range, 36-2½. 2. Morgan Klose, Fairview, 36-6½. 3. Devon White, Hot Springs, 34-2¾. 4. Randi Arnold, Hot Springs, 33-7. 5. Jana Haynie, Circle, 33-1¼.; 6. Kayla Hanson, Chinook, 32-9¼.

Pole vault - 1. Kellcy Holbrook, Power, 9-3. 2. Jaris Kelley, Charlo, 9-0. 3. Heather Smith, Harlowton, 8-6. 4. (tie) Taylor Nelson, Roberts, 8-6; Jessi Dahl, Drummond, 8-6,. 6. (tie) Anna Prevost, Richey-Lambert, 8-0; Stephanie Maughan, Charlo, 8-0; Ashley Hammontree, Hobson, 8-0.

 

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