by Scott Sacry
The track & field teams from Corvallis, Hamilton, and Stevensville competed in the Western A Divisionals on May 20th & 21st in Hamilton. For the boys, Hamilton finished in 1st place, Corvallis finished 5th, and Stevensville placed 11th. For the girls, Corvallis finished 2nd, Hamilton took 5th, and Stevensville took 7th.
Individually, Dillon’s Treyton Anderson stole the show, winning the 100m, 200m, 400m, 110M hurdles, and 300m hurdles. Many Bitterroot Valley athletes also had outstanding performances.
For the girls, Corvallis’s Olivia Lewis won the 300m hurdles with a time of 44.97 – this is the fastest time run by any girl in the state this year in the event. Lewis hit the last hurdle, briefly throwing her off stride, or her time could have been faster. Lewis also placed 2nd in the 100m hurdles (15.06). Corvallis’s Madison Lewis won the shot put with a throw of 42-04.5, which is the best throw in Class A this year; she also took 3rd in the discus (121-05). Stevensville’s Claire Hutchison had a great all-around weekend, finishing 2nd in the 400m (1:00.43), 3rd in the 100m (12.91), 3rd in the 200m (26.48), and 5th in the high jump (5-00). Also from Stevensville, Crystal Hazel finished 4th in the discus.
Top six finishers for the Corvallis girls
Laurie Davidson placed 2nd in both the 1600m (5:27.12) and 3200m (12:09.09). Alanna Auch placed 2nd in the discus (128-11). Tahnee Lewis took 3rd in the javelin (115-00). Amara Auch took 4th in the 1600m (5:30.64) and 5th in the 800m (2:28.02). Rylee Herbstritt took 4th in both the 100m hurdles (15.59) and 300m hurdles (27.82). Autumn Benson took 5th in the 3200m (12:30.78). Farah Wyche finished 5th in the 100m (12.93), and Ava Leopold took 6th in the discus (107-03).
Top six finishers for the Hamilton girls
Mya Winkler took 2nd in the javelin (118-02) and 4th in the shot put (35-06). Ayda Griffin took 3rd in the high jump (5-00) and 5th in the discus (108-04). Ryanne Child took 4th in the 3200m (12:30.72). In the pole vault Chesnee Lawerence took 4th (9-00) and Chaeley Lawerence took 6th (9-00). Madi Nelson finished 6th in the 400m (1:02.55).
For the boys, the distance events were full of action. Hamilton’s Lane Cole won the 1600m with a time of 4:23.31, outkicking Corvallis’s Brinson Wyche down the backstretch, Wyche finished 2nd. Wyche then won the 3200m (9:50.20) and has the fastest 3200m time in Class A this year. Hamilton’s Colter Kirkland won the 800m (1:55.56), sprinting the last 200m to edge out Browning’s Jeremy Brockus, who had the fastest time in Class A coming in. Lane Cole finished 3rd (1:56.57). Kirkland also took 4th in both the pole vault (12-06) and 1600m (4:31.72). Hamilton’s Andrew Burrows won the discus with a throw of 166-07, and took 2nd in the shot put (55-00). Hamilton’s Taylor Searle won the pole vault with a jump of 14-00.
Top six finishers for the Corvallis boys
Aiden Read took 2nd in both the 110m hurdles (15.67) and the 300m hurdles (41.69). Levi Reynoso took 2nd in the javelin (166-08). Derek Criddle took 4th in the High Jump (6-00) and 6th in the 400m (51.89). Gavin Hagberg took 5th in the 3200m (10:17.87) and 6th in the 1600m (4:36.53).
Top six finishers for the Hamilton boys
Coulter Purcell took 2nd in the 3200m (9:54.44) and 3rd in the 1600m (4:30.97). Eli Taylor took 3rd in the 400m (51.24). Tyson Bauder took 4th in the 100m (11.39) and 6th in the 200m (23.09). Harrison Silverio took 4th in the 3200m (10:06.36). In the pole vault, Andrew Carmody took 2nd (13-00) and Jack Ellis took 5th (12-00).