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State track ends with bang for local athletes

State track ends with bang 6-1-14

MISSOULA, Mont. - It was a big weekend for high school athletes as the track and field season officially came to a close with state meets taking place in both Great Falls and Butte.

In the class 'AA-C' meet in Great Falls, the Big Sky boy's captured their second-straight 'AA' team title.  Chris Lange provided a boost in the total points after posting his fastest time of the season in the 110 hurdles with a mark of 14.64, good enough for first place.

"It feels good after working so hard for four years," said Lange.  "This is the ultimate goal so it's nice to take care of that and have that under my belt."

There were several records broken throughout the weekend, in the javelin Glaciers Todd Ogden had a throw of 210 feet 10 inches.  Not only did Ogden finish first in the event, he also set a new class 'AA' record.

"It means a lot," said Ogden.  "Everyone's going to know that, know I have that, know I own that so it just kind of adds the cherry on top of the state championship."

In the girls 4x100 relay the Big Sky girls ran a blazing 48.52 seconds in preliminaries. The Eagles followed that up with a record setting performance in the finals with a first place time of 48.38 seconds helping the big sky girls team earn a second place finish.

"I think it's we're supposed to run as hard as we can don't care about what the other teams are running," said Hannah Kearns.  "They could be better or worse and it doesn't matter you have to run your race."

"We always put the pressure on ourselves to be on the mark, to hand off the baton," said Ana Jarrett.  "You never know what could happen so even if you have a great race it may not be the same way the next day."

In the boy's 100 meter dash, Buttes Dalton Daum took first with a time of 10.86 seconds, just  edging out Big Sky's Alex Mustard.

"My goal next year is to obviously try to defend my title," said Daum.  "I also want to shoot for the state record so  just working hard in the off-season and getting ready for next year."

At the class 'A-B' state track meet in Butte, the Corvallis girls won their fourth-straight team title.  "Corvallis pole vaulter Katelyn Frost helped the Blue Devils earn the team title with a first place jump of 11 feet 6 inches.

The Blue Devils had a dominant weekend taking first place by nearly 50 more points than second place.

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