MISSOULA, Mont. -

The 'AA' high school track and field season officially comes to a close this weekend with the state meet taking place.

There are several athletes for the Big Sky boys team who are looking to place at the state meet.  In the high jump Cole Hayes will look to defend his title after taking first place last year.

"I think there's an immense amount of pressure that's come down on me and that I have on myself to do as well as I did last year," said Hayes. 

In the 110 hurdles, Chris Lange has the fastest class 'AA' time so far this season.  The senior has been focused on placing in the event this year after taking fourth last season.

"I've been really motivated, I just want to get to that top of the podium," said Lange.  "Last year winning the overall championship was awesome but I'd like to also have an individual one."

Another story line is Big Sky's Alex Mustard who has faced plenty of adversity this season after having surgery to remove his appendix.  Mustard has been working hard to get back to 100-percent and hopes to compete at full strength for state.

"I just want to be as healthy as I possibly can be, I think I can be 100 percent and feel completely healthy," said Mustard.  "Everyone's going to face adversity in one way or another so I'm trying not to dwell on it and just taking it for what it is."

"Well you know he's done everything he could to get healthy and it's just a tough deal," said Big Sky head track coach Dan Nile.  "He's put in the time, he's put in the work, we'll see if he can perform at state and I think Alex will be fine."

All individuals aside, the Big Sky boys have their focus set on taking home the team title for a second straight year, after winning it for the first time in program history last spring.

"They've done all that we've asked.  They've progressed really well through the year. They've set themselves up for the end of the year I think really well," said Nile.

"There's definitely probably the same amount of weight if not more," said Hayes.  "I know the coaches really enjoyed it last year and would like to see it happen again."

"It's definitely a goal to try and defend that title," said Lange.  "I think it would be awesome if we were able to do that again because it was a great experience."