Big Timber track and field quick off the blocks
The 2017 spring sports season is happening in spite of typical Montana cloud bursts of rain, sleet, snow or sunshine. Amidst the chaos of the changing seasons, the Herders track and field team are held down by strong, consistent performances from a few young anchors.
Big Timber sophomore Casey Gunlikson is leading the charge for the boys team in the sprint events after winning both the 100- and 200-meters at the Absarokee Invitational on Friday, April 7 at Columbus High School. Gunlikson won the 100 at 11.9 seconds for the Herders, ahead of Park City’s Jordan Neves (12.1) and Brett Robinson of Joliet (12.3).
Columbus won the meet with 270 points followed by Park City (200), Reed Point/Rapelje (162) and Joliet (74). Big Timber finished fifth (37).
In the 200, Gunlikson won in 24.06 seconds, edging out Shields Valley senior Brock Peterson (24.15), and finished fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 40 feet and ½ inches.
Sophomore Kell Schwers has also had an impressive start to the season, already clinching an appearance at the state tournament in the triple jump with a distance of 41’ 3” on April 6 at the Senior Quad meet at Daylis Stadium in Billings. At Absarokee, Schwers was third in the 400 at 56.4 behind Dawson Clayton of White Sulphur Springs at 54.29 and Custer-Hysham’s Otto Papstein (55.75).
Gunlikson and Schwers joined forces with teammates Orrin Carroccia and Dylan Laverell in the boys 4x100 relay, placing fifth at 48.09.
Other notable performances were freshman Taylen Dolan who ran his first 1600 in 5:34.77 and finished fifth for the Herders.
Strong-arm junior Nathan Baker took fourth in the shot put at 37’03” and placed fifth in the discus at 114-07, ahead of sophomore teammate Jacob Roberts who took sixth (106-03) in the discus for Big Timber.
The Big Timber girls team took third with 65 points behind Joliet who won with 196 followed by Reed Point/Rapelje (149).