By Kay Braddock
So far, Terry High School’s track season predictions made earlier by head coach Leann Lantis have proven accurate. The season has gone as planned - that is, except for the weather. Meet cancelations and partial team participation, due to scheduling conflicts with other high school events, have frustrated an otherwise ambitious and successful season.
As the Terry team prepares to compete at the District Competition in Miles City Thursday, Lantis expressed satisfaction at the team’s accomplishments, in particular those six who qualified to compete in the Top Ten meet in Glasgow Tuesday.
“I couldn’t have been prouder of their performances,” Lantis stated.
The 27th annual Top Ten meet includes the top 10 athletes in each event from Class A, B and C schools in most of eastern Montana. Terry’s six included: Tanner Stickel, Taylor Pisk, Jerett Freiboth, Dani Dukart, Weston Luedtke and Layne Lantis.
The Glasgow meet gives an indication of how athletes will perform at the state meet later this month, according to Lantis.
Bringing home six medals from the Top Ten, along with breaking a school record, Terry’s outlook appears more than optimistic.
“(It’s) the first time in the five years I’ve been coaching that we brought home some hardware from Glasgow,” Lantis said.
Freiboth’s javelin performance earned not only a first place trophy but also broke the school’s record with a 169-10 toss.
Other top placings included: Stickel 110 hurdle, 3rd, 16.66; Pisk javeline, 4th, 155-9; Lantis 1600m 2nd, 4:58 and 3200m 1st 10:54; Dukart shot put, 1st, 37-31.5.
Stickel also qualified to compete in the long jump and triple jump while Leudtke qualified to compete in the shot put field event.
“I know if we could have had a few more meets, We would have qualified at least four more,” Lantis said.
Reflecting on a program that five years ago began with a team of six, Lantis pointed to the efforts made by not only the high school athletes but also those made by the assistant coaches.
“This hasn't been the best weather for track season or other situations that kept us from competing in meets,” Lantis stated, adding, “but we kept focused and all our hard work is giving us great results.”
Pointing to last year’s first place finish in both the girls’ and boys’ overall team performance at the District competition, Lantis anticipates another good showing this year.
“We’re where we need to be for a repeat of last year,” Lantis said.
Miles City Invitational results
Teams Sidney 108, Laurel 77, Billings Central 59, Baker 43, Plentywood 38,
Terry 38, Forsyth 32, Glendive 30, Wibaux 23, Broadus 20, Miles City 17, Hardin 12, St. Labre 9, Beach, N.D. 8, Jordan 4
1600m 4th Layne Lantis, 4:53.36
3200m 2nd Layne Lantis, 10:35.78
110 Hurdles 1st Tanner Stickel, 17.01
Javelin 3rd Taylor Pisk, 166-8; 4th Jerett Freiboth, 164-0;
Triple Jump 3rd Tanner Stickel, 39-1
Teams Glendive 116.5, Billings Central 107, Sidney 102.5, Laurel 54, Plentywood 22, Terry 14, Hardin 13, Plentywood 12, Jordan 12, Miles City 10, Beach, N.D. 10, Wibaux 6, Poplar 4, Broadus 3, Baker 2, Hysham 2.
Shot Put 2nd Dani Dukart, 34-10;
Javelin 3rd Dani Dukart, 107-4
Published May 12, 2010