Corvallis High School and Hamilton High School are joining forces to host a Western A-B-C Top Ten track meet beginning at 5:30 p.m. and adhering to a tight schedule on Tuesday, May 4.
For years Class A teams have participate in AA meets, but not this year due to Covid guidelines.
“It gave us a pretty unique opportunity to put on a Top Ten meet with competitors in classes A, B and C,” said Spencer Huls, Corvallis Head Coach. “The Western Montana A-B-C Top Ten meet took shape. John Stromberg, Hamilton’s head coach, had the same idea at the same time and we’re doing it together.”
The coaches are working with Athletic Directors Tyson Tucker, CHS, and Travis Blome, HHS, and as of Monday, have registered 37 schools.
“There may be more than that,” Huls said. “I bet closer to 50 when it all shakes out. MHSA said their max number of teams was 25 this year but they have allowed Top Ten meets because you’re only bringing a few kids from each team.”
The top ten competitors that qualify from eligible teams in the western side of the state will be invited.
“So, for example, a javelin thrower with the top distance in the state will be invited because she’s from a Western A school,” Huls said. “It will be a fun event.”
The Missoula Top Ten meet is usually held in the afternoon but this track meet will run in the evening. Start time is 5:30 p.m. and the end time around 9:30 p.m.
“That way we can finish up under the lights and it will be a really cool experience for everybody,” Huls said.
The Western A-B-C Top Ten meet is a joint effort between the schools and will feature the HHS 10-lane track and the field events are visible from the stands.
Hamilton Physical Therapy has donated t-shirts for every competitor, sweatshirts for the champions and medals for the top five.
The schedule is posted.
“It is a schedule we will stick to,” Stromberg said. “It is not like a regular track meet, everyone will know exactly what time they are going to compete. We’re outside so can spread out.”
Stromberg plans on bringing 15 or 16 athletes.
“It depends of if athletes from other schools decline,” he said. “We have schools from Ennis, west and all the way up to Libby.”
The Western A-B-C Top Ten track event schedule is: 6 p.m. girls 100 hurdles; 6:15 p.m. boys 110 hurdles; 6:30 p.m. girls 400 meter dash; 6:40 p.m. boys 400 meter dash; 6:50 p.m. girls 100 meter dash; 7 p.m. boys 100 meter dash; 7:10 p.m. girls 1600 meter run; 7:20 p.m. boys 1600 meter run; 7:30 p.m. girls 400 relay; 7:40 p.m. boys 400 relay; 7:50 p.m. girls 800 meter run; 8 p.m. boys 800 meter run; 8:10 p.m. girls 200 meter run; 8:25 p.m. boys 200 meter run; 8:40 p.m. girls 300 hurdles; 8:50 p.m. boys 300 hurdles; 9 p.m. girls 3200; 9:15 p.m. boys 3200; 9:30 p.m. girls 1600 meter relay; 9:40 p.m. boys 1600 meter relay.
The Western A-B-C Top Ten field event schedule is: 5:30 p.m. girls discus, boys shot, boys javelin, boys long jump and girls triple jump; 6:30 p.m. boys discus, girls shot, girls javelin, girls long jump and boys triple jump; 7 p.m. girls and boys pole vault; 8 p.m. girls and boys high jump.
“It’s a great opportunity for these kids to showcase their talents,” Stromberg said. “We’ll get the best of Class A, B and C. We’re excited to give the kids an opportunity to shine. For track fans in the valley it is an opportunity to see the best track meet they’re going to see in Western Montana. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”