Taylor breaks Casey’s 1600 record

Laurel with one meet left before Class A Divisionals
Connor Waddingham
Thursday, May 9, 2019
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Photo courtesy of Gloria Allwin
          
            Senior Ely Kraft during the beginning of his shot put throw routine during the Midland Top 10 meet. The senior wound up throwing 47-06.00, which was good enough to slot him at fifth for the shot put on the day.

Laurel’s track and field squads are in the midst of a busy ending to their regular season and are almost into the post season. Last week, the Laurel Locomotives had two track meets in three days, which included the Midland Roundtable Top 10 Meet in Laurel and the John Polich Invitational in Miles City. The Midland Top 10 meet featured the best athletes in each event from Laurel, and they performed well against the best talent around the state. This meet featured kids from four AA schools, seven A schools, 11 class B schools, and five class C schools. The John Polich meet in Miles City featured seven A schools, six B schools, eight C schools, and two schools from class B in North Dakota.

Laurel placed well at both of these meets. At the Top Ten Meet, the Lady Locos placed eighth with 16 points and the boys took fourth with 46 points.

At the John Polich Meet, the girls placed third, with 72 points, and the boys placed sixth with 51 points.

History was made at the Midland Roundtable Top 10 Meet. Newly-confirmed Laurel running legend, Levi Taylor, broke the school record for the 1600 meter run that was previously set by Patrick Casey in 2008. For those who don’t know the magnitude behind that, Patrick Casey started his career running at Montana State, transferred to the University of Oklahoma, and is now an Olympichopeful as a professional Under Armour runner.

Levi Taylor’s time in the 1600 was 4 minutes, 17.29 seconds, while Casey’s previous record was 4 minutes and 19.84 seconds. Taylor is now the current holder of the fastest 1600, 3200, and secondfastest 800 meter times in the state this year.

Amongst other top performers at the Top 10 meet, sophomore Kolby Gibbs showed off her skills in her two jumping events she qualified for. Gibbs posted her PR in both the long jump and triple jump. Fellow sophomore Gracey Willis also set her PR in the long jump.

For all of the results from the Laurel athletes, please see the results of the Midland Top 10 meet below, followed by the John Polich Meet in Miles City.

The Locomotives track and field team have just one more meet before they head to divisionals. The Locos will travel to Glendive this Friday, May, 10, to participate in the Jockstop Invitational. This meet will feature seven of Montana’s Class A teams, and also includes one Class A team from North Dakota. The first event is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

04/30 Midland Top 10

Boys

200 Meters — 4. 9, Beau Dantic, 23.45a, Laurel

1600 Meters — 1. 12, Levi Taylor, 4:17.29a**, PR, Laurel

3200 Meters — 1. 12, Levi Taylor, 9:45.13a, Laurel

110m Hurdles - 39” — 2. 12, Chris Abell, 15.07a, Laurel

300m Hurdles - 36” — 7. 12, Chris Abell, 41.35a, Laurel

4x100 Relay — 8. Chris Abell, Beau Dantic, Preston Branstetter, Jakob Webinger, 45.03a, Laurel

Shot Put - 12lb — 5. 12, Ely Kraft, 47-06.00, Laurel; 9. 10, Kane Hillis, 40-10.00, Laurel

Discus - 1.6kg — 2. 12, Ely Kraft, 154-06, Laurel

Javelin - 800g — 4. 10, Kane Hillis, 151-10, Laurel; 10. 12, Ely Kraft, 128-10, Laurel

**: Denotes school record

Girls

800 Meters — 5. 10, Grace Timm, 2:23.08a, PR, Laurel

3200 Meters — 9. 10, Grace Timm, 12:27.46a, SR, Laurel

4x100 Relay — 9. Morgan Maack, Gracey Willis, Grace Wagner, Taylor Noble, 53.03a, Laurel

Shot Put - 4kg — 7. 10, Teigan Harper, 33-09.50, Laurel; 8. 12, Nikol Greer, 33-03.00, Laurel

Javelin - 600g — 3. 12, Jessica LeFevre, 115-01, Laurel

Pole Vault — 6. 10, Laney Leeds, 9-00.00, Laurel

Long Jump — 4. 10, Kolby Gibbs, 16-10.50, PR, Laurel; 6. 10, Gracey Willis, 16-04.75, PR, Laurel

Triple Jump — 5. 10, Kolby Gibbs, 34-08.50, PR, Laurel; 9. 10, Gracey Willis, 32-08.50, Laurel

05/02 John Polich Invite

Panthers, and 9:00 a.m. for the J-Hawks.

Boys 100 Meters — 9. 10, Garrett Zimdars, 11.89a, Park City 200 Meters — 5. 11, Corbin Downing, 23.85a, PR, Park City;

8. 12, Ry Olson, 24.33a, Joliet 400 Meters — 2. 10, Garrett Zimdars, 52.82a, PR, Park City 800 Meters — 7. 11, James Wetmore, 2:20.15a, SR, Park City; 8. 11, Bryant Dimond, 2:24.07a, Joliet; 15. 9, Caleb Nardinger, 2:39.68a, Joliet; 19. 9, Jackson Creedon, 2:45.33a, PR, Joliet 1600 Meters — 30. 9, Rockwood Frank, 7:01.22a, PR, Joliet 300m Hurdles - 36” — 11. 9, Jake Gauthier, 51.65a, PR, Park City 4x400 Relay — 4. Jake Gauthier, Garrett McMillen, Taetin Kindsfather, Corbin Downing, 3:50.23a, Park City; 10. Caleb Bailey, Bryant Dimond, Ry Olson, Caleb Nardinger, 4:08.80a, Joliet Shot Put - 12lb — 11. 10, Wyatt Anderson, 38-03.50, Joliet; 21. 11, Austin Dennis, 35-00.25, Park City; 25. 10, Gunnar Ward, 33-08.25, Joliet; 32. 12, Seth Popp, 31-05.25, Park City; 35. 10, Ben Kessler, 31-01.00, Park City Discus - 1.6kg — 12. 10, Wyatt Anderson, 100-02, Joliet; 14. 12, Walker Anttila, 98-08, Joliet; 15. 10, Ben Kessler, 97-05, PR, Park City;

18. 11, Austin Dennis, 93-10, Park City; 23. 11, Dylan Bal, 84-00, Park City; 32. 9, Colby Coleman, 76-05, Park City; 39. 10, Logan Atkins, 64-00, Joliet Javelin - 800g — 9. 11, Dylan Bal, 127-11, Park City; 10. 11, Garrett McMillen, 126-08, Park City; 17. 10, Ben Kessler, 118-04, Park City; 22. 9, Colby Coleman, 111-02, PR, Park City; 24. 12, Walker Anttila, 110-08, Joliet; 47. 9, Thad Miller, 73-00, PR, Joliet High Jump — 1. 12, Ry Olson, 6-04.00, SR, Joliet; 3. 12, Seth Popp, 6-00.00, Park City; 6. 11, Caleb Bailey, 5-10.00, PR, Joliet Long Jump — 6. 10, Wyatt Anderson, 18-08.50, Joliet; 8. 11, Caleb Bailey, 18-08.25, Joliet; 10. 10, Garrett Zimdars, 18-05.25, Park City; 17. 9, Taetin Kindsfather, 17-04.25, Park City; 34. 9, Cooper Frank, 14-00.50, Joliet Triple Jump — 2. 11, Caleb Bailey, 40-04.50, Joliet; 20. 9, Cooper Frank, 32-07.50, PR, Joliet

Girls 400 Meters — 18. 9, Tasha Dedmore, 1:12.91a, PR, Park City 800 Meters — 16. 9, Tasha Dedmore, 2:58.62a, PR, Park City 1600 Meters — 19. 10, Jalyn Songstad, 6:43.56a, PR, Joliet 100m Hurdles - 33” — 7. 11, Alexis Goldy, 18.46a, PR, Park City 300m Hurdles - 30” — 11. 11, Alexis Goldy, 59.04a, Park City Shot Put - 4kg — 8. 11, Brooke Miller, 30-04.50, Joliet; 13. 10, Skyler Wright, 29-03.50, PR, Joliet; 17. 11, Alexis Goldy, 28-03.00, PR, Park City Discus - 1kg — 4. 11, Brooke Miller, 104-01.50, PR, Joliet; 23. 12, Blakely Verke, 67-09.50, Park City Javelin - 600g — 8. 12, Blakely Verke, 87-09, SR, Park City; 12. 10, Merrin Schwend, 83-05, SR, Joliet;

12. 10, Skyler Wright, 83-05, PR, Joliet; 22. 11, Brooke Miller, 76-07, Joliet; 41. 10, Saybrin Dimond, 58-00, Joliet Long Jump — 15. 12, Blakely Verke, 12-11.50, Park City; 16. 9, Tasha Dedmore, 12-11.00, Park City Triple Jump — 6. 12, Kallie Zinne, 31-07.75, Joliet; 19. 12, Blakely Verke, 27-04.25, Park City; 20. 9, Tasha Dedmore, 26-10.00, PR, Park City

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