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Makena Morley

Bigfork's Makena Morley leads her sister, Bryn, during the 3,200-meter run at the State B high school track and field meet in Kalispell in May.

KALISPELL -- A month before Hailey Phillips won her first 300-meter hurdles state championship, the freshman from Plains sneaked into the Top 10 meet in Missoula with a borderline time.

She was wowed by the competition.

"I was like No. 9 out of 10 girls and I ran a 49-something," Phillips remembered of her time Saturday. "They all ran 45s and I thought, 'One day I want to be like them.'"

A 45? That's nothing now for the future Montana State hurdler. Phillips captured her fourth straight title in the event in 43.50 seconds at Legends Stadium to help the Plains girls edge Bigfork for their third straight State B team track and field championship.

Plains piled up 115 points in a two-horse race with Bigfork (110) as Choteau (36) fell off in the distance in third. Both top finishers totaled enough to surpass the class record for points that the Trotters set last year (83), according to MHSA online records.

Manhattan also racked up a record number of points on the boys' side, finishing with 109 and a fourth straight championship.

Phillips also added a 100 hurdles crown -- in a wind-aided 14.75, a would-be class record -- to her 400 from Friday to give her 10 career individual event championships. She and her field teammates still had the Valkyries nipping at their heels, though.

Bigfork's record-setting 1,600 relay -- the girls ran 4:01.71 to break the class mark by 1.5 seconds -- could have sent the Vals over the top had Plains not run second to maintain the advantage.

Plains led by seven entering the meet's final event.

Bigfork's Makena and Byrn Morley went 1-2 and 2-1 in the 3,200 and 800 meters to keep the heat on Plains, but the Trotters' army of throwers proved too deep.

Kayla Holmes threw 43 feet, 9 inches to win the shot put and Carly Vonheeder uncorked a 142-5 toss in the javelin. Teammate Kimberly Earhart was second in the javelin and Leah Thompson took third in the shot.

Combined with a 1-3 finish in Friday's discus event, that's 50 points in three events for Plains, which will drop to Class C next year because of dwindling enrollment.

"Leah, Kayla, Kimberly -- it's amazing," said Vonheeder after her PR javelin throw. "I'm just surrounded by athletes, but it's awesome to be around. It inspires everybody to do better."

Thompson Falls junior Shey Hannum bypassed her sister and defending state high jump champion Autrey this spring. Autrey, a sophomore who leaped 5-4 last year to win, managed 5-2 to take fourth while Shey hit 5-4 this time to clinch gold.

Truanne Roginske of Joliet had a stellar Saturday, sweeping the 100 and 200 -- she held off Phillips in the latter. Malta's Sophia Stiles won the long jump and Choteau's short relay team wrapped up event winners.


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Manhattan won five events on the meet's second day and eight overall on the way to its record title. No Class B boys' team had ever broken 100 points before.

Sean Opland of Troy was one of Manhattan's victims, finishing second twice to a Tiger. Opland was runner-up three times overall -- in the 100, 400 and high jump -- before breaking through in the 200 with a winning time of 22.60.

But the 100 was the race of the day, even by Opland's account, with the top three finishers crossing the line together.

"No idea, ... it was just really close," Opland said of the race that saw Manhattan's Turner Stone go 11.19, Opland 11.20 and Eureka's Christian Langston 11.20. "I felt like me and Langston were at the exact same time, I knew we were gonna tie, but I didn't know about Stone because he was on the other side."

Opland got the second-place edge thanks to video.

All those silvers stacked up as Opland accounted for 34 of Troy's 41 points, good enough for a third-place team tie with Glasgow. Huntley Project finished second at 56.

Bigfork, the fifth-place finisher with 40 points, had one winner Saturday in Logan Morley. He blazed through the 1,600 in 4:24.29.

Manhattan swept the relays and Alex Nehring (shot put) and Caleb Neth (300 hurdles) also had wins. Glasgow's Chase Fossum won the high jump and Fairfield's Cantor Coverdell took the triple jump while Quincy Wittman of Huntley Project was the 110 hurdles champ.