Missoula County Stadium
Friday at 1:30 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Last year: Thompson Falls ended a long drought, claiming the divisional championship by 18 points over runner-up Plains. Frenchtown, winner of eight of the previous nine Western B meets, was third.
This time: Senior-laden Frenchtown could return to championship form. Based on district results, the Broncs would finish with 87 points, followed by Missoula Loyola (74), Darby (73) and Florence (63). Frenchtown is led by sprinter Austin Lewis, hurdler Brant Waldron, weight man Craig Brown, and jumpers Lance Looker and Travis Phillippi. Loyola has an outstanding group of distance runners, led by Jack Scott, Aaron Holden and Dillon Tabish. The Rams could place three runners in the 800 and 3,200, and four in the 1,600. Darby lacks speed, but shines in the distances, throws, jumps and pole vault, while Florence looks tough in the sprints, relays and throws. Thompson Falls can't be ruled out of trophy contention either.
Events to watch: Book it. The sprints will be dynamite. Jeremey Thomas of Thompson Falls (100), Cody Feasel of Superior (200) and Kasey French of Plains (400) are Class B leaders, but none of them is safe against a swift group that also includes Nick Walters of Florence, Mike Potts of Loyola and Austin Lewis of Frenchtown. Thomas swept the 100 and 200 last year, while French took the 400. … Jack Revier of Plains is one of only three javelin throwers in the state to surpass 200 feet, but he should be tested by Florence's Mike Slingsby and Eureka's Ian Leigh. … Jack Scott of Loyola has a chance of sweeping the 1,600 and 3,200. Mitchell Howard of Darby looms as a threat in the mile. … Feasel is poised for a big meet. In addition to possible wins in the 100, 200 or 400, he comes in with the best district marks in the long jump (21-0) and triple jump (44-2).
Last year: Darby finished second in the final race, the 1,600 relay, to edge Frenchtown 67-66 and capture its first divisional crown in memory. Florence was a distant third.
This time: The Florence girls could win it in a runaway. Senior Alicia Torrey is the defending meet champ in the long jump, triple jump and 100 hurdles, and could make it five victories by striking gold in the high jump and 300 hurdles. The Falcons also have solid relays, and two more multi-event standouts in hurdler-jumpers Annie Gayvert and Kim Heinz. Superior, led by sprinter-hurdler Chioko Nakasone, and Plains, led by sprinter Marie Errecart, are the next best bets for trophy contention, followed by Frenchtown and Deer Lodge.
Events to watch: Florence's Alicia Torrey does everything well. She's the Class B leader in all five of her events, and holds the divisional record of 15.34 in the 100 hurdles. Torrey's toughest tests should come from teammate Annie Gayvert and Superior's Chioko Nakasone in the 300 hurdles, and teammate Kim Heinz and Eureka's Jeri Reynolds in the high jump. … Plains' Marie Errecart comes in with the fastest district times in the 100, 200 and 400.
- Rial Cummings, Missoulian
1:30 p.m. - Pole vault (G), Long jump (G), Discus (G). 3:30 p.m. - Long jump (B), Discus (B), High jump (B).
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.
10:30 a.m. - Pole vault (B), Triple jump (B), Javelin (B), Shot put (G). 12:30 p.m. - Triple jump (G), High Jump (G), Javelin (G), Shot put (B).
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.