Laurel Track season is under way

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Junior Chris Abell leaps over a hurdle on his way to his first place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. He also helped Laurel take the first place trophy in their first track meet of the season.



In a day that began with heavy snow fall in 40 degree weather, it eventually cleared up and made way for what was a great opening track meet. The Laurel and Park City track teams met in the Laurel Quad on Thursday, March 29 at the Laurel Sports Complex. It is the start of track season for both schools.

They were joined by Hardin and Billings Central in the quad as well. In a track meet where there were many great individual performances, the Locomotives ended up in first place, with the Panthers finishing last against the three class A schools.  

Starting with the Locomotive boys, they had six first place takers on the day. Led by Levi Taylor who placed first in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs and qualified for state in the 1600 and just barely missed the mark for the 3200. He finished with a time of 4:33.14 for the 1600 and 10:15.54 for the 3200 meter.

Colton Atkinson also took home two gold medals from the quad. He came in first in the high jump with a jump of 5-10 and also placed first in the pole vault with a jump of over five feet higher than second place. 

Juniors Chris Abell and Ely Kraft found the podium more than once as well. Abell finished first in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.79 and second in the 300 meter hurdles. Kraft came in first in the discuss throw with a throw of 135-06 feet and took third in the javelin throw with a throw of 141-08. He also took fourth in the boys shot put, just missing out on the third place spot by half an inch.

Sophomore Ethan Renner also had a nice outing, taking first in the long jump with an 18-08.5 jump.

Amongst other podium finishers, Easton Khyl and Ryan Ness placed second and third respectively in boys pole vault. Senior Jaren McNeil placed second behind Kraft in the discuss throw. 

Freshman Jaxon Whittmayer placed second in the 400 meter dash and second in the triple jump as well. Jose Martinez finished right behind Whittmayer in the 400 meter dash, coming in third. Kolter McLaughlin also came in second in the shot put and fifth in the high jump. Erik Holstein placed second in the 100 meter dash.

Some just missed the podium including Tre Whitford (fifth in the 800 meter run),  Draven Earles (fifth in the 3200 meter run), Jace McNeil (fifth in the long jump), and Colter Bales who placed fourth in the long jump and fourth in the high jump.

The Laurel girls also brought their best to their first track meet of the season. It seemed there was a Locomotive girl in first place at every event. The Loco girls brought home a total of 22 podium finishes and of those, eight of them were first place finishes. They almost had first place finishes in half of the events; talk about home field advantage.

Sophomore Layne Algaard ended the meet with two first place finishes. She took first in the 200 meter dash (31.05 seconds) and the 400 meter dash (1:11.94 seconds) as well. 

Some of her teammates finished under her in these two events. In the 200 meter dash, Karlin Taylor came in third, Torri Craig finished fourth, and Emma Rawhouser placed fifth. Sydney Bakich placed fourth in the 400 meter dash as well. Craig and Rawhouser also placed in the top five in the pole vault. Rawhouser placed second while Craig was shortly behind in fourth.

In the 100 meter dash, three of the top five finishers reigned from Laurel. Aspen Cotter placed second, Taylor Noble placed fourth and Taylor Karlin came in fifth to compliment her third place 200 meter finish.

Again, in the 800 meter run, three top finishers came from Laurel. This time, it was Britnee Atkinson, Kayla Parsons, and McKyla Albers finishing third, fourth, and fifth respectively. 

Grace Timm had a good meet as well. She placed first in the 3200 meter run, with a 34-second cushion, which qualified her for state. Her teammate Andria Mourich placed fifth in the 3200 meter and second in the 1600, taking second by only two-tenths of a second. 

In the hurdles, the girls had two podium finishers. Stevie Mogan finished third in the 100 meter hurdles and Nikolle Shorey finished second in the 300 meter hurdles.

The Laurel girls also dominated the field events, having at least one girl finishing top two in every event. 

In the high jump, Danae Filpula-Ankney took first, with the Cotter sisters, Aspen and Maeson, finishing second and fourth respectively. Aspen also took second in the long jump, finishing behind Sabrina Wolcott of Laurel by just half of an inch. Gracey Willis and Taylor Noble were right behind their teammates placing third and fourth respectively. 

Laney Leeds finished first place in the girls pole vault, just edging out her teammate Emma Rawhouser.

Wills and Wolcott also placed in the triple jump, second and third respectivley. 

In the throwing events, the girls remained a force. Freshman Teigan Harper placed in second place in shot put in her first track meet. Abigail Hillis came in fourth in this event with Sierra Dove finishing firth.

Senior Paige O’Toole placed top three in both of her events, finishing first, by a long shot. in the discus throw and third in the javelin throw. Junior Jessica LeFevre placed second in the javelin throw as well. 

It was a good start to the Laurel track season taking first placed in their first meet against their rival Billings Central. With the first meet out of the way, many of the athletes will look to improve upon these times and scores in hopes to head to the state tournament this spring.


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