BOZEMAN -- Records fell Saturday at the State B track and field meet, but one thing didn’t change: Manhattan’s dominance.
The Tigers, behind top performers Caleb Neth and Alec Nehring, secured their fifth consecutive boys' championship at Van Winkle Stadium. They scored a Class B record 114 points -- breaking the mark of 109 they set last year.
It was the team’s seventh title in the past nine seasons. Coach John Sillitti was doused with a Gatorade bath afterward, but shifted the focus to the athletes who have set such a high standard.
“We’ve had great kids, and everybody is like, ‘OK, tell us more than that,’” Sillitti said. “That’s the first part -- getting kids to come out, because we have amazing kids.
“The strength of this program is the same as it’s always been. We have awesome kids that work hard and show up.”
Neth and Nehring showed up like they always do. Adding to his victories in the 400 and long jump from Friday, Neth won the 300 hurdles in a near-record time of 38.32 and ran on Manhattan’s winning 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams.
Neth also finished second to Joliet’s Jared Schwend in the 110 hurdles.
Nehring, meanwhile, set a Class B record in the shot put with a heave of 60 feet, 6 inches. The mark easily surpassed the previous mark set in 2014 by Tucker Yates of Colstrip. Nehring had previously won the discus on Friday.
As Manhattan celebrated another boys' team title, Malta’s girls basked in winning their first championship since they captured three in a row between 1998-2000.
Sophia Stiles was 2 years old the last time the team climbed to the top of the track and field mountain. She had much to do with the M’ettes’ resurgence. Stiles edged Manhattan’s Alexa Arthun in an extraordinarily close 300-meter hurdles race, and also took home her third triple jump title.
Bigfork distance man Logan Morley ended his high school career in style, winning three more titles. Morley won both the 800 and the 3,200 on Saturday, a day after winning the mile.