BC’s Harrington, Richards win medals

The end result was a stairstep on the awards stand though Butte Central athletes Kyle Harrington and Kaemen Richards took different emotional and physical routes to get there.
Both Maroons were place-winners Saturday as the state Class A high school track meet came to a close on the Charlie Merrifield Track at Bulldog Memorial Stadium. The meet was held in conjunction with the state Class B championships.
Harrington sped to third place in the boys’ 100-meter dash and to fifth in the 200. Richards notched a third place in the discus to go with the sixth-place ribbon he took in the shot put on Friday.
They were the only Butte Central athletes to score points on Saturday.
Team championships went to the Hamilton boys and Corvallis girls in Class A, and to the Manhattan boys and Plains girls in Class B. The B winners were repeats — Manhattan capturing its third straight boys’ crown while the Plains Trotters packed away their second consecutive girls’ title. Corvallis repeated, too, as the Class A girls’ champion while Hamilton unseated Whitefish as king of Class A boys’ track.
The fling of 144 feet, 9 inches that lifted Richards into third place was a little under what the Butte Central had as a target. However, a hamstring pull he said he suffered while placing Friday in the shot put may have been enough to alter his Saturday spin.
“It was not my best,” he conceded after the discus throw. “I had been throwing 160 (feet) in practice. I just couldn’t get it in today. But, I’m happy to get the team some points.”
If he had thrown 160, Richards would have won the event. As it was, Chris Emter of Livingston, topped the field with a distance of 151-11. Jesse Sims of Corvallis was second with a toss of 147-10.
Wind was a little bothersome during the discus competition, Richards said.
“I got a little dust in my face,” he said with a grin, noting the complication but downplaying it as an aggravation.
Tucker Yates of Colstrip set a Class B record Saturday in the boys’ shot put with a mark of 57-11, beating the 56-10 throw Josh Rehm of Manhattan etched into the books as a Class B best in 1991.
Marlow Schulz of Whitefish broke the Class A girls’ 400-meter record as she timed 55.06 seconds to win. The runner-up, Sadi Henderson of Corvallis, clocked 55.57 and was also under the old record of 56.13 by Schulz last year. Schulz was the star of the girls’ meet with firsts also in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, winning the 100 for the fourth year in a row, and having placed second in the long jump. She anchored Whitefish’s winning 400-meter relay team, too, that set a new class mark during prelims on Friday.
No state all-class records fell during the two-day meet.
Harrington found himself in some fast company Saturday, admitted it and suddenly realized he was a bona fide part of it.
He timed personal bests in the two shorter sprints — 11.23 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.83 in the 200. Both races were won by Gharret Olson of Frenchtown — 11.00 and 22.16.
“From my last race, which had been my best, I took a couple of hundredths of a second off my time,” Harrington said, smiling about his third-place performance in the 100. “I think I could’ve done better, but the race was pretty consistent.”
It looked as almost as if the sprinters were flying in formation. How they broke out of the blocks was pretty much the way the race stayed through the tape, each runner maintaining his space. Harrington said his concentration was in trying to remain high in his running style.
A sophomore, the Butte Central athlete said the effort validated his confidence.
“I had it coming in but this might have validated it,” he said in agreement.
Kyle Crossman of Hamilton was second in a time of 11.17.
Olson and Tyler Sylvester of Corvallis held clear margins over the rest of the field in the 200, but Harrington was right there battling for third with a tight pack at the finish. The electronic timer sorted it out and found him fifth place. Brock Butcher of Lewistown was third in 22.42 and Christopher Lords of Stevensville fourth in 22.66.
“It was the first time I was under 23 (seconds),” Harrington said. “There are a lot of fast guys here. I felt really, really good.”
Danny Peoples of the Maroons just missed placing in the javelin. The junior competed in the discipline for the first time this year and his chuck of 163-6 on Saturday was seventh-best in Class A. The top six marks or times earn place-winnings and All-State status in each event.
Butte Central wound up with 15 points while finish 13th in the Class A boys’ standings. The Maroon girls missed placing in any events.

State A-B final team scores

State A-B Saturday results

State A-B complete results

BC junior Danny Peoples launches a throw in the javelin. Peoples, who first threw the javelin this season, just missed the podium with a seventh-place finish.

Lacey McGree, left, hands off to Whitney McGree for the final leg in the 400-meter relay finals Saturday.

Butte Central freshman Abby McGee runs ahead of Belgrade’s Laura Leininger on the second lap of the 400-meter run.

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