Flathead High’s Perrin posts fastest 3,200

KALISPELL (AP) — A Kalispell Flathead senior is working on putting his name in the Montana high school track and field record books.

Zach Perrin won the 3,200-meters in a crosstown meet at Glacier High on Tuesday, finishing in 9 minutes, 6.13 seconds. It was the fastest 3,200 meter time ever run by a high school student on a track in Montana. The previous best time was 9:12.14 set by David Vidal of Flathead in 2001.

Perrin says he was feeling smooth and was glad to cross another goal off his list.

Next would be a state record, which can only be set at state meets.

Seth Watkins of Flathead holds the Class AA state record of 9:16.18 set in 2001 while Deer Lodge runner Gordon Ruttenbur’s all-class record of 9:13.3 has held since 1982.

Perrin ran the 3,200 in 8:57.68 at the Arcadia Invitational in California earlier this month, after posting an 8:55.24 at the same meet in 2012.