BOZEMAN — Sidney pole vaulter Garrison Hughes and Great Falls High softball pitcher Erin Hocker are the 406mtsports.com Athletes of the Month for April.
Hughes, a senior who is headed to Nebraska, cleared 16 feet, 9 inches on April 28 at the Glendive Elks meet. Only marks from state meets are considered Montana records, but Hughes' vault is believed to be the highest in the state's history.
Hughes, whose previous best was 16-6, moved up to seventh nationally with his mark and qualified for the Junior U20 National Championships.
Hocker, a senior, has been virtually untouchable in leading Great Falls to the top seed in the Class AA postseason. She is 12-0 with a 0.87 earned-run average on the season, including 112 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings.
Hocker has 38 wins and a 1.49 ERA for her career, with 392 strikeouts in 299 2/3 innings.
The Bison earned a bye into the state tournament.