MISSOULA — At the conclusion of the 300 hurdles, Ashley McElmurry could barely stand.
With heavy legs and fatigue, the Missoula Sentinel senior needed help getting off of the track from coaches and family. It wasn't out of fright for her health, but rather joy and excitement with hugs mixed in to congratulate her on the day she'd just completed.
Winning the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.47 vaulted McElmurry to the top mark in the state while capping off a day where she won three individual titles at the Russ Pilcher Top 10 track & field meet at Missoula County Stadium.
McElmurry opened the day with a victory in the 100 hurdles at 14.60, also the fastest time in the state. Then, she set a meet and stadium record in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 4 1/4 inches on her one and only attempt.
"I'm super duper tired but I'm really excited with my performances today," McElmurry said while finally getting a chance to sit and rest. "Coming off of those other meets and having a lot of meets in a row, it feels good to get those marks and especially getting a little lower in the hurdles is something I wanted to do today."
McElmurry already owned the top triple jump mark in the state regardless of classification with a leap of 39-09.75 over the weekend at the Optimist meet in Great Falls. Now, she has three of the state's top marks, with the 100 hurdles a new personal best for the University of Nebraska track & field commit.
"I was pretty shocked and excited," McElmurry said of her 100 hurdles race. "Breaking into the 14's is something I've wanted to do for a little while so it feels really good to get it done. I've been focusing on training for those a lot so I'm really excited about that time."
McElmurry's coaches wanted her to attempt one try at the triple and three in the long jump so she didn't overextend herself on Tuesday. Her triple mark broke teammate Lauren Heggen's mark of 38-10.50 which was set a year ago.
In all, three records fell at the Top 10 meet. Jefferson High junior Avery Stiles also wow-ed the crowd when he was able to clear the high jump bar at 6-foot-9 1/4, breaking Helena High junior Trey Tintinger's record of 6-9 which he set as a freshman in 2017. Stiles admitted he struggled a bit to begin the meet at the lower heights, needing three tries at 6-2 and two tries at 6-4. But once the meet got rolling, he said he felt more comfortable with his jumps.
He needed only one try on both 6-6 and 6-8, and saved his best for last on his third attempt at the record.
"I was actually really surprised (to break the record) because I struggled at some of those earlier heights," Stiles said. "I was kind of taking them for granted. I've jumped them pretty easy before and needed to make sure to jump each height like its 6-10."
The mark is a new personal best for Stiles who ranks third overall in the state in the event.
"I started to get going and really got ready to jump more excited than I was before and I'm kind of speechless for jumping that high," Stiles said. "My adrenaline kicked in because there was good competition today."
Dillon junior Tylia DeJohn also broke the girls record in the 100-meter-dash with a time of 12.47. DeJohn's mark broke the 12.51 that Whitefish's Amanda Foley completed in 2012. DeJohn said she false started in the 100 her freshman year, but the competition she faces boosts her each time she competes at the Top 10.
"It's really exciting because I just broke my personal record Friday with a 12.49 and then I just broke it again today," DeJohn said. "Just working hard and giving my all no matter what. Just being mentally prepared is a big thing."
DeJohn also won the 200 on Tuesday. DeJohn's 100 now ties the fastest mark in the state.
The day capped off with a victory from both Seeley-Swan 1,600-relay teams as well. Senior Hunter Shelmerdine found individual success in the 400 with a win before anchoring the Blackhawks 1,600 team to victory as well. Seeley-Swan currently ranks at No. 2 overall in that event. Shelmerdine personally ranks at No. 2 in the 400, just behind Troy's Hunter Leighty, who he edged out on Tuesday.
"Warming up down on the field and seeing him was one of those, 'Yes, I get to race him again,' moments," Shelmerdine, who raced Leighty on Saturday when they both ran personal bests, said. "I love having the competition. It pushes me. It's really nice."
Other standouts included Levi Brubaker of Noxon who completed a 45-foot triple jump to put him at No. 1 in the state regardless of class. Frenchtown's Tyler Schmautz posted a 1:58.70 in the 800 which also tops the state while Drew Deck ran a 39.40 in the 300 hurdles to also move into the top spot. Helena's Odessa Zentz improved on her personal best in the 400 with a 58.42 which leads the state. Hellgate's Ember Stratton ran a 5:07.95 in the 1,600 to also grab the top spot in her event. Big Sky's Isabella Reed tied the top mark in the pole vault with a vault of 11-6.