Track season steps ‘em off despite spring weather blues

  Eastern Montana’s weather has served up less than favorable results for this year’s track and field athletes — but that’s nothing new. Windy, rainy cold conditions with sprinklings of snow is something Terry High School head coach Leann Lantis says she has become accustomed to seeing each year.

So far, the Terry team has competed in three meets — Wibaux’s Invite in Glendive, Baker and the Huntley Project Invite this past weekend in Billings. The Terriers moved to the Billings meet after winter weather stormed in on Sidney, clouding out any possibility of hosting a meet there. 
In Billings the Terriers competed against 30 teams coming from Class B and C schools. Although placings for the Terry team were slim, Lantis was pleased with her team’s individual performances, noting several athletes scored personal records. 
“We have a good team,” Lantis said. “They’re performing well against other teams in our district.” 
Freshman runner Lane Stickel performed well in Saturday’s 800 meter run, edging out a strong opponent from Melstone, Lantis noted. Senior Layne Lantis continues to outperform runners in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs. He racked up two more gold medals at the Billings meet.
“He’s right on track to break the sub-10 mark in the 3,200,” Lantis said. 
Caitlin Lantis also stepped up with a first place finish in the 3,200 and third place in the 1,600. Her times have “improved dramatically,” Lantis noted.
Another 10 points were garnered for the boys’ team with Junior Logan Braddock’s first place finish in the 300 hurdles. 
“I was proud of Logan on Saturday,” Lantis said. “(Despite) hitting the first hurdle, he pulled it back together to finish strong.”
The Terriers will compete at the Elks meet Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. 
“I’m looking forward to seeing how our kids perform in good weather,” Lantis said, referring to the expected 70-plus temperatures.
With the May 6 district meet just in sight, Lantis is optimistic about the Terry team’s outlook.
“I think we’re right on track of where we need to be,” she said.
The following are the results of the events in which Terry placed. 
Team scores — Red Lodge 66, Colstrip 63.5, Culbertson 53, Shepherd 46, Joliet 46, Huntley Project 45, Terry 34, Malta 24, Plentywood 16, Broadview-Lavina 14, Columbus 12, Melstone 10, Broadus 9, St. Labre 8.5, Forsyth 8, Absarokee 8, Frazer 7, Ryegate 6, Plenty Coups 6, Belfry 6, Roundup 3, Reed Point-Rapelje 1, Poplar 1.
1,600Layne Lantis, Ter. 4:40.14; Fabian Munoz, Cul, 4:47.22; Kodi Neumiller, Col, 4:59.65; Tristan Sun Rhodes, Cul, 5:02.37; Michael Schwehr, BL, 5:02.47; Brayden Wacker, Mel, 5:08.22.
300 hurdlesLogan Braddock, Ter, 44.34; Quincy Wittman, HP, 44.5; Alex Smith, Ple, 45.07; Michael Jobman, HP, 45.59; Terryn Bermes, Jol, 45.86; Tritan Aberle, Col, 46.34.
800 — Fabian Munoz, Cul, 2:07.27; Michael Schwehr, BL, 2:10.59; Daniel Horsman, Fra, 2:14.47; Rodney Studiner, Col, 2:14.87; Lane Stickel, Ter, 2:16.47; Renny Schultze, RL, 2:16.88.
3,200 Layne Lantis, Ter, 10:04.63; Kodi Neumiller, Col, 10:43.87; Bryce Hugs, PCoups, 11:04.73; Tristan Sun Rhodes, Cul, 11:07.71; Dustin Lanke, Bro, 11:30; Markell Blount, Fra, 11:33
Team scores — Colstrip 92, Huntley Project 87, Red Lodge 59, Plentywood 58, Joliet 51, Forsyth 26, Broadview-Lavina 25, Roundup 22, Malta 17, Harlowton 16, Terry 16, Shepherd 15, Absarokee 12, Broadus 11, Hysham 10, Reed Point-Rapelje 9, Wolf Point 1.
1,600 — Baylee Green, Rou, 5:48.4; Emma Chandler, Abs, 5:49.5; Caitlin Lantis, Ter, 5:51.03; Terran Brown, BL, 5:53.06; Kendal Neumiller, Col, 6:20.13; Alyssa Riley, Bro, 6:23.47.
3,200 Caitlin Lantis, Ter, 12:48.24; Rachel Hiner, Har, 13:58.46; Kenyon Hatten, Jol, 14:06.93; Hannah Schmidt, RL, 14:10.94; Katie Koenigshof, Jol, 14:24.91; Mallary Kelley, RL, 14:54.13.

Published April 24, 2013

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