Nine Herders qualify for state track meet

As the track and field season comes to a close, nine Herders are gearing up to compete in the State AA-B Track and Field Meet in Butte, Friday, May 26. 

Before their journey to state, the Herders competed at the district and divisional level.

The Herders made waves in the District 5B Meet several weekends ago in Bozeman, earning multiple first place finishes and over 20 new personal records.

Head coach Jen Wood said the scores the boys and girls throwing team brought home that weekend were “remarkable,” and that quite a few athletes just barely missed the mark to continue forward. At districts only the top six finishers moved on, and multiple Herders came in seventh which for coach Wood was “heartbreaking.” 

— Districts: Boys —

In shot put, junior Nathan Baker fought his way to second with a throwing distance of 36-07.25 and junior Reilly Lannen came in fifth with a distance of 33-05.50.

“Lannen peaked at the right time,” coach Wood said after the meet. 

Baker threw well in discus, throwing a new personal record (PR) distance of 127-08 and earning him a first place finish in the event. Sophomore Jacob Roberts threw the next best distance in discus, leaving with a score of 117-07, a PR for the sophomore.

The 4x100 relay team, Connor Dringman, Orry Carroccia, Dennis Boshart and Taylen Dolan inched into sixth place with a time of 50.20.

The 4x400 relay, Dringman, Carroccia, Dolan and Braedon Stosich clocked in at 4:06.36 giving them a placement of sixth as well. 

Two sophomores participated in the long jump event, Casey Gunlikson and Kell Schwers, who earned fourth and fifth place, respectively, with distances of 20-06.00 and 20-04.25, both PRs for the two athletes. 

Coach Wood said Schwers was still visibly hurting from his injury, and was impressed the student PR-ed throughout the pain.

Gunlikson cruised past his competition and placed first as well as PR-ed in the 100m dash and 200m run with new times of 11.17 and 23.04. 

He took first in the 300m hurdles with a time of 41.96 and sixth in the triple jump with a distance 38-02.50.

Coach Wood said that even with his high scores in the hurdles, there was always room to tweak the sophomore’s footwork.

— Districts: Girls —

Sophomore Brooklyn Pederson threw a new PR distance of 34-09.50 and came in first in shot put.

In discus, senior Carrie Lehman gave a new PR throwing score of 107-00, earning a spot in first place.

The 4x100 relay team, Zandy Carroccia, Ashlyn Wood, Jolie Wood and Elle Terland came in fourth with a time of 55.84, a new team record.

The 4x400 team, Jolie, Isabella Donald, Ashlyn and Terland also ran the team’s fastest with a score of 4:51.11.

A “clunky” hand-off caused a two second hold up for the 4x400 team, coach Wood said. She plans to have the team work on their fluidity during passes in the few days before the Southern B Divisional meet in Laurel.

Jolie Wood’s 400m was “by far her strongest,” coach Wood said, adding that the freshman shaved an entire second off her previous personal record with a new time of 1:03.64 and a placement of fourth. 

Jolie also placed fifth in the 200m race with a time of 28.81.

Junior runner Elle Terland squeaked into sixth in the 100m with a time of 13.88.

Freshman Daisy Coyne tied for sixth in the 100m hurdles with Three Forks athlete Macy Combs with a time of 19.93, Coyne’s new fastest time.


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By Olivia Keith / Pioneer Staff Writer


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