Montana Mile kicks off State Games

Two Laurel runners represented
Thursday, July 15, 2021

The 2021 Montana Mile, sponsored by Sam’s Club, marks the 30th running for men and the 20th for women. The race is one of the most anticipated events of the Big Sky State Games Opening Ceremonies and is scheduled to take place (approximately) between 7:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Friday, July 16. The Montana Mile is an invited race featuring some of the state’s fastest high school, college, and post-collegiate milers.

The Women’s Montana Mile record is 4:53.9 set in 2011 by Lois Ricardi Keller. Patrick Casey set the Men’s record in 2010 in 4:07.9.

Men’s Field

Levi Taylor - A Laurel High School standout participating in his third Montana Mile finished second in 2020. Levi Taylor was a two-time Class A Cross Country State Champion and multiple State Champion in track for the Locomotives. He recently received All-Conference honors in the 3,000 meter Steeplechase representing the Bobcats. Levi is studying construction engineering while running for Montana State University.

The other runners in the men’s field are Ase Ackerman; Carson Jessop; Carson Steckelberg; Colter Kirkland; Daniel Colmenero; Duncan Hamilton; Ignatius Fitzgerald Logan Strauss; Owen Smith; Robert Peterson; Tanner Klumph; and William (Wyatt) Mortenson.

Women’s Field

Grace Timm - A 3-time All-State Class A runner, Grace Timm recently graduated from Laurel High School. In the fall, Grace will be attending Dickinson State to study exercise science while running for the Bluehawks.

The other runners in the women’s field are Amanda Peterson; Becca Richtman; Carly Ryan; Emma Nelson; Emma Stolte; Kailee Stoppel; Lindsey Paulson; Mary Felig; Mei-Li Stevens; Odessa Zentz; Sydney Little Light; and Tiahna Vladic.

The gates to Daylis Stadium open at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 406-254-7426 or go to

Online registration and information about Big Sky State Games is available at or contact the office at (406) 254-7426.

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