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Next stop for valley tracksters, state

 

Hannah Porch racked up three first place finishes to pace the Florence girls’ track team at the Western B Divisional in Missoula over the weekend. The sophomore took first in the 100, 200 and triple jump as well as ran a let of the first place 400 relay team. Porch had a leap of 33’9” to claim the top spot in the triple jump. She finished third in the long jump.

Florence finished second behind Plains in the team scoring. The top six finishers in each event will advance to the state meet in Bozeman this Friday and Saturday.

Joining Hannah Porch will be her big sister, Tess. Tess Porch finished third in the 100 and third in the 300 hurdles. She also ran a leg of the 1600 relay team. Hannah Sax and Callie Hunt completed the team for the 400 relay. Sax finished third in the 100 hurdles, fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 sprint. Hunt was also fourth in the high jump and fifth in the triple jump. Jesica Desjarles took first in the discus with a throw of 116’ 8 ½.

The Florence boys finished third behind Thompson Falls and Bigfork. Brady Heffner and Madison Bolton each won a race for the Falcons. Heffner won the 100 with a time of 11.5. He was second in the 200. Bolton took first in the 800 with a time of 1:59.23. He finished second in the 1,600 and the 3,200. Carter Brady was second in the 400, fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200. The 400 relay team took third behind Deer Lodge and Bigfork. The 1,600 relay team finished second behind Bigfork.

Victor and Darby were also competing at the Big Sky complex, only in the Western C Divisional. The top five finishers in each event and the relays will advance to the State C meet in Laurel this weekend.

Kyle Ball paced the Pirates with two first place finishes and a couple of second place finishes. Ball continued to reign in the javelin, although not by much. He bested Dilan Lehman of Harrison by only 15 inches for the top spot. Ball’s throw measured 171-6. Ball also won the triple jump and set a new divisional record in the process. He measured 43-10, which gave him the record by only one inch. Ball finished second in the long jump with a leap of 20-7. He cleared 5-8 to take second in the high jump. Zac Agee won the long jump with a leap of 20-10. Nate Bishop finished fifth in the 300 hurdles. The Pirates will also compete in the 400 relay at state.

Amber Ibey finished in a three-way tie for fourth in the high jump and will advance to state for the Pirates as well.

Darby’s Storm Wanstrath and Garrett McCormick each placed in two events and will advance to state. Wanstrath was fifth in the 200 and fifth in the javelin with a throw of 140-5. McCormick was fifth in the 1,600 and will advance to state in that race. He was sixth in the 800. Cougan Kidd was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 142-10. Dylan Knox finished second in the 300 hurdles. The 1,600 relay team finished fourth and will move on.

Keely Ehmann brought home two first place finishes. The sophomore took first in the 200 and the 400. She also ran a let on the 400 relay team that finished third. Sarai McCollum was third in the 100. Lilly Lang took third in the 3,200 and fourth in the 1,600. Jessica Campbell will also advance. She took fourth in the discus.

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