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KALISPELL -- In a virtual deadlock with Kalispell Glacier, three frenetic freshmen represented Billings Senior's last hope to continue its string of track dominance.

Well, them and record-breaking runner Christina Aragon.

The quartet combined Saturday to outlast the Wolfpack in the 1,600-meter relay, the State AA track and field championships' final event, to claim a sixth straight title.

Senior, which led 68.5 to 68 with one event remaining at Legends Stadium, ran the relay in 3 minutes, 58.20 seconds and finished with 78.5 points. Glacier (74) settled for second while Billings Skyview (59) took third.

The boys' action was even closer with Helena High making up a 10-point gap with a win in the final relay, tying Kalispell Flathead for the team title at 83 points.

Aragon, a junior who set all-class records in the 400 and 1,600 Friday before winning the 800 earlier Saturday, took the final leg home for Senior. The Broncs have now won more consecutive girls' track titles than any program in state history.

It was freshman Sydney Blain who cemented No. 6.

Blain, the relay's third leg who followed freshmen Jordan Gilcrist and Maysee Whitney, felt Glacier's Annie Hill swallowing up a 10-meter lead near the second turn of her lap before turning on the boosters.

"Right here at the corner she tried to pass me," Blain recounted. "... So I kicked it right there, and I knew if I kicked it, she probably didn't have much of a kick from that 2-mile.

"It was just everything I had left from there."

Hill pulled even with Blain before the latter girl left her freshman counterpart behind for the clinching victory.

Hill had just won the 3,200 in the previous race, Glacier's only gold of the day.

Senior had no other wins Saturday, though Missoula Sentinel's Tana Garden took the discus by a slim 2 inches over the Broncs' Hannah Nessan. Garden threw 133 feet, 5 inches for a career best in her last high school meet.

"It's really satisfying ending my season and my senior year like that," said Garden, who was 10th at state a year ago before making mental adjustments for this spring. "I'm more focused and I don't get stressed out now. I learned how to handle my anxiety that I would go through before big meets."

Garden's throw -- and a handful of lower placing Spartan performances -- helped Sentinel rise up to snatch fifth with 47 points, one ahead of Missoula Big Sky.

The Eagles' title hopes crumbled behind injuries and false-start disqualifications Saturday. Big Sky saw a sure victory in the 400 relay turn when anchor leg Hannah Kearns pulled up with a hamstring injury in the final 25 meters.

Kearns lost the lead, but not her composure, hobbling to fourth amid tears.

Hannah Porch was the team's lone victor -- she was also second in the 200 and third in the 100 Saturday, while Hannah Coburn took third in the 300 hurdles. Porch won the triple jump at 36-4.75.

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"So my game plan was to run the 100, do the prelims in the triple jump and then do the 200 and hopefully my jump from prelims would carry me into first," explained Porch, whose crowded schedule featured six events. "That's what happened. I didn't even have to jump my last three triple jumps."

It was the first State AA title for Porch, a Florence transfer, who won the 100 two years ago at Class B.


Helena led by just three points after Day 1 in boys' action but the Braves made up the gap with wins Saturday from Jake Perrin (1,600) and Jess Beaman (triple jump). The Bengals' relay victory was their lone Day-2 gold.

The meet's final day had a pair of double winners, though, and one who coupled his Saturday gold with a first from Friday.

Hellgate's Zayne Babbitt out-threw all competition in the discus, just as he had in the shot put the day before. Babbitt chucked the disc 173-7 to win by nearly 10 feet.

Skyview's Taylor Trollope swept the hurdles and Butte's Dalton Daum did the same in the sprints.

Daum, a future wide receiver for the Grizzlies, ran 10.81 in the 100 -- a disappointing finish besides its golden hue.

"All year I was shooting for the record," said Daum of the 10.67 posted by Great Falls CMR's Chris Wilson in 2009. "I ran a 10.77, that's the closest I got. But it's always nice to win state, nice to repeat."

Daum also ran 10.66 last spring, but only times posted at the state meet are considered for state records in Montana.