Dornblaser Field, Missoula
Thursday at 2 p.m., Friday at 11 a.m.
Last year: Charlo pulled away on the second day to win its third straight divisional, followed by West Yellowstone, Arlee, Gardiner and Sheridan.
This time: The champ should again come from District 14-C, only this time it looks like Arlee's year to shine. Rafe Espinoza should win his third straight title in the pole vault, where he leads the state at 15-0, and also has a chance to win the 110 hurdles, javelin and high jump. The Warriors also have potential multi-event scorers in Robert Sanchez (sprints, long jump), Kyle Thomas (sprints, hurdles) and Mitchell BigSam (distances). Arlee, which could score in 15 of 17 events, is looking at more than 100 points. Sheridan appears to be the top challenger, thanks to weightman David Rossiter, distance runner Don Nottingham and sprinter Josh Gerving. Other trophy contenders are Noxon, led by hurdler Eric Wilson, and Charlo, which could sweep both relays.
Events to watch: Arlee's Rafe Espinoza leads the state in the pole vault at 15-0, a foot higher than the 16-year-old Western C record set by Drummond's Pat Bignell. … Noxon's Eric Wilson will try to sweep the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles for the second straight year. He'll duel Espinoza in the 110s and Kyle Thomas of Arlee in the 300s. … Charlo leads Class C with a best of 3:34.0 in the mile relay, and Drew DuMont comes in with the field's best time in the 400 (50.10). … David Rossiter of Sheridan is the defending shot put champ and also comes in with the best mark in the discus.
Last year: Manhattan Christian cruised to its second straight divisional title with 106 points, 43 better than runner-up Charlo, which received four individual victories from senior sprinter-hurdler Carla Breuer.
This time: Manhattan Christian looks good for a three-peat behind sprinter Anne Venhuizen, hurdler Amanda DeHaan and jumper Shawna Flikkema. Even without Breuer, Charlo is again a trophy contender thanks to Dani Finley and Randi Loughlin (throws), Crystal Kain (800, 1,600), Dani Weimer (sprints) and Glennis Cates (jumps). Twin Bridges is another contender, led by sprinter Marny Adamson.
Events to watch: Victor senior Robin Wemple leads Class C in both the 1,600 and 3,200. Barring a major upset, she'll claim the 3,200 for the fourth straight year and the 1,600 for the third time in four years. … Tessa Anderson of Drummond is back to defend her title in the pole vault, where she's cleared a Class C-best 9-6. … Alberton's Cassi Dehne and defending champ Sarah Smith of Lincoln look like the class of the high jump. … Another likely repeat champ is Twin Bridges' Laci High in the 800.
- Rial Cummings, Missoulian
2 p.m. - High jump (G), Discus (B), Long jump (B), Triple jump (G), Shot put (G). 2:30 - Pole vault (B). 3:45 - Discus (G).
3 p.m. - 400 relay (B). 3:10 - 400 relay (G). 3:30 - 110 hurdles trials (B). 3:40 - 100 hurdles trials (G). 3:55 - 800 (G). 4:05 - 100 trials (B). 4:15 - 100 trials (G). 4:30 - 1,600 (B). 4:50 - 200 trials (B). 5 p.m. - 200 trials (G). 5:15 - 3,200 (G). 5:45 - 400 (B). 5:50 - 400 (G).
11 a.m. - High jump (B), Javelin (G), Long jump (G), Triple jump (B), Shot put (B). 11:30 - Pole vault (G). 12:45 p.m. - Javelin (B).
Noon - 110 hurdles (B). 12:10 - 100 hurdles (G). 12:20 - 100 (B). 12:30 - 100 (G). 12:40 - 1,600 (G). 1 p.m. - 300 hurdles (B). 1:10 - 300 hurdles (G). 1:25 - 800 (B). 1:40 - 200 (B). 1:50 - 200 (G). 2 p.m. - 3,200 (B). 2:30 - 1,600 relay (B). 2:45 p.m. - 1,600 relay (G).