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Logan Morley

Bigfork's Logan Morley won the 3,200 meters and was third in the 800 Friday at the State B track meet in Kalispell.

AARIC BRYAN, Daily Interlake

KALISPELL -- The record may go down in MHSA history as a record for shortest time held.

Just minutes after Bigfork freshman Bryn Morley gutted the state record books in the 1,600 meters at the State B track and field championships Friday, Billings Senior standout Christina Aragon came through with even more Wite-Out.

Aragon re-set Morley's record in the very next race at the State AA meet, held jointly with the Class B event at Legends Stadium, for the high point in Day 1 action in Kalispell.

Morley's monumental victory helped the Valkyries to an early lead through five events, though, as Bigfork piled up 43 points to lead two-time defending champion Plains (32) and Manhattan (22).

Manhattan owns the boys' advantage with 46 points. Bigfork (24) is second there with Huntley Project (22) third.

Morley led the length of the 1,600's four laps, crossing the finish line in 4 minutes, 47.76 seconds -- about a half-second ahead of the previous best set in 2013 (Chiara Warner, Townsend). She had a feeling it wouldn't last long with some of the stars taking the track behind her.

Aragon wasn't the only target of her thoughts, though.

"I'm so excited to watch her (Kalispell Glacier's Annie Hill) and Christina race," Morley said as the other girls took to the starting line. "I hope they beat the all-state record again. It'd be crazy."

Morley, a freshman, beat out her senior sister Makena, a two-time champion in the event. The elder Morley finished second in 5:01.69, but was excited for her sister's success.

Makena has battled anemia this spring and Friday marked just her third 1,600 race on the season.

"They (my legs) were really tired today and yesterday, but I just tried not to think about it," she said. "I noticed on the warmup, but I was just trying to stay in it after that."

The 1-2 sweep added up to 18 points for Bigfork, which had five top-three placings in all. Bryn took third in the 400 behind silver finisher Haille Norred. Gabby Eaton also won the pole vault with a jump of 9 feet, 6 inches.

Eaton's victory came with little fanfare Thursday evening as the only event contested before the rest of the two-day event commenced.

Plains kept fighting for its third straight title in its final season as a Class B school. The Trotters had two winners with Hailey Phillips taking the 400 in 57.69 seconds and Leah Thompson defending her discus title with a throw of 134-5.

"It actually didn't feel that great; it actually felt like it was kind of off," Thompson said of her long toss. "But as soon as my coach was like, 'Yeaaaah!' then I figured that was actually pretty good."

Teammate Kayla Holmes, the leading discus thrower this spring at 145-6, finished third at 116-2.

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Plains will drop to Class C next school year for athletics.


The Morley clan was at it in the State B boys' field as well. Logan Morley, a junior, ran to a 3,200 victory while finishing third in the 800. He stopped the watch in 10:04.38 in the long race while going 1:57.75, a personal best, in the lighter one.

Red Lodge's Moritz Little won the tightly contested 800 in 1:57.37. Second-place Kenny Wilbur of Townsend was just 0.11 back.

The 400 was even closer between Manhattan's Caleb Neth and Sean Opland of Troy. Neth edged the Trojan at the line with a 49.46 to Opland's 49.49 as the latter boy tumbled to the track lunging toward the finish line.

It was one of two wins for Neth over a Troy athlete. He claimed the long jump title as well, leaping 21-10.75, to fend off Trojan Pate Scott (20-11.5).

Manhattan also won the discus behind Alex Nehring; Bigfork's Tyler Iverson placed second.

Pole vaulter Quincy Wittman of Huntley Project and javelin thrower Casey Cole of Forsyth rounded out the winners.

Cole threw 190-10 to edge Glasgow's Benji Phillips by 2 feet, 8 inches. Philips entered the state meet with the 11th-best mark in the country (194-7) this season, according to