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Missoula County Stadium

Friday at 1:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

BOYS

Last year: The Kalispell Braves coasted to the title, defeating two-time defending champ Helena Capital 184-117. Butte was third and Missoula Hellgate fourth.

This time: Kalispell is the favorite again, although Butte could make things interesting. This isn't the deepest or fastest group of Braves Dan Hodge has coached, but it packs plenty of big-point potential. As always, Kalispell has a chance to dominate the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 behind David Vidal, Seth Watkins, Kurt Michels and Caleb Ambrose. Versatile jumper-vaulter Steven Hodge, jumper-thrower Troy Wassink and weightman Zach Lindsay are other strong contributors. Butte is led by sprinter-hurdler Jake Larson. Helena Capital is probably the best bet for third place, while the three Missoula schools will try to carve out points where they can.

Events to watch: Kalispell's David Vidal set a meet record of 1:54.68 in the 800 last year, and could threaten the 1,600 standard of 4:14.2. … Teammate Seth Watkins is the state leader in the 800, but will run the 1,600 and 3,200 where he ranks second only to Vidal. … The 100 dash should feature a sizzling duel between Class AA leaders Tom Havron of Helena Capital and Tyler Peterson of Helena High. … Butte's Jake Larson set the all-class state record in the 300 hurdles last year, clocking 37.66. The divisional record is 38.0, set by John Emory of Bozeman in 1980. … Hellgate could rack up big points in the javelin, paced by Class AA leader Chris Hathaway.

GIRLS

Last year: Helena High cruised to the title. Defending divisional champ Kalispell was second, followed by Butte, Helena Capital and Missoula Sentinel.

This time: Kalispell probably has the deepest team in the field, and that should give the Bravettes an edge over Butte and Helena Capital. The Bravettes are young, with 22 sophomores or freshmen, but have a core of experienced athletes to rely on, including sprinter-vaulter Sarah Lenoch, sprinter-hurdler Molly Burt and hurdler-jumper Halladay Quist. The Bravettes also boast a strong weight crew, led by Amanda McCready and Jessica Falcon. Butte has a good group of sprinters, built around Ashley Wolstein, while Capital should shine in the distance races. The three Missoula schools have ability, but lack the depth to contend for team honors.

Events to watch: The pole vault will feature the state's top three competitors in Sarah Lenoch of Kalispell, Brittany Tatchell of Helena Capital and Katie Mattingly of Butte. … Jessica Falcon of Kalispell is the Class AA leader in the discus, but teammate Amanda McCready is close behind. McCready could also take the shot put… Other defending champs include Kalispell's Molly Burt (300 hurdles) and Andrea Foot (3,200). … Hellgate has a couple of potential winners in jumper Kelsey Cooley and javelin thrower Katie Farago.

- Rial Cummings, Missoulian

Schedule

Friday

Field events

1:30 p.m. - Pole vault (G), High jump (B), Javelin (B), Long jump (G), Shot put (G). 3:30 p.m. - Shot put (B), Long jump (B), Javelin (G).

Running events

2 p.m. - 400-meter relay. 2:30 p.m.- 100, 110 hurdles trials. 3 p.m. - 800 meters. 3:55 p.m. - 100 meters trials. 4:30 p.m. - 300 hurdles. 5 p.m. - 3,200 meters. 6:10 p.m. - 200 meters trials.

Saturday

Field events

10:30 a.m. - Pole vault (B), Triple jump (B), Discus (G), High jump (G). 12:30 p.m. - Triple jump (G), Discus (B).

Running events

11 a.m. - 100, 110 hurdles. 11:20 a.m. - 100 meters. 11:40 a.m. - 400 meters. 12:45 p.m. - 1,600 meters. 1:40 p.m. - 200 meters. 2 p.m. - 1,600-meter relay.

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