HELENA — Jefferson High's Calli Warfle is accustomed to staying busy during the school season by juggling time between volleyball, basketball and track, but will whittle down her concentration to one sport in college.
Warlfe was one of five athletes at Jefferson who signed to play at the collegiate level this week. She inked with Carroll College on Wednesday afternoon.
She then went on to compete at the Small Schools Meet on Thursday at Vigilante Stadium.
The senior claims she has had a passion for the sport since she was a little girl. Warlfe was a member of the 4x100 relay team that set a school record with a sixth-place finish at the state meet last year.
“I’ve been running ever since I was little, and my mother had me on the track since I was a baby,” Warfle said. “I guess I grew up with the sport, and I just love track.”
Being a member of Jefferson's record-breaking relay team, Warfle said, was one of her best moments in her young career.
“It was really cool to go out there (at the Class B state meet) and one of the coaches just told ‘hey, your relay team just broke a school record,' ” Warfle said. “It was really exciting.”
Warfle received exciting news last spring when she found out the Carroll College track program was interested in bringing her aboard.
“I got an e-mail from them last summer and it said, ‘we are interested in signing you,' " Warfle said. "I sent one back and said ‘yeah I would like to come for a visit.’ Being a part of a college program makes me want to work harder and harder each practice.”
Panthers coach Sarah Layng, who has been coaching the track program for the last seven years, attributed Warfle’s success to her natural athletic ability.
“I think she has a lot of skills, and she knows what she is capable of,” Layng said. “She is a good athlete, has good strength and is a hard worker.”
Warfle worked hard in the offseason in an attempt to get ready for the big jump from Class B competition to NAIA-level track.
“She worked really hard on her strength development, and is capable of of way more with her body build," Layng said. "She has a good arm for the javelin, and she is just an overall talented athlete. You kind of look at her potential, and I think she is capable of excelling in whatever sport she chooses.”
Haller, Pida excel
Helena Capital competitor Shane Haller finished first in the 400 meters recording a time of 52.07 seconds.
Helena's Nicolas Pida also captured first in the 3,200 with a time of 11 minutes, 29.24 seconds. The Capital 4x100 relay team finished first with a time of 45.09 seconds.
Townsend's Kameron Rauser captured first place in three events.
He captured first in the 100 with a time of 11.62 seconds, the 200 with a time of 23.55 seconds and the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.86 seconds.
Rauser's teammate Tyson Racht also captured first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 43.71 seconds.
Jefferson's Coen Guisti finished first in the shot put with a distance of 47 feet, 4 inches, a personal record.
Helena's Kaden Cross set a personal record of a 131 feet, 1 inch in the discus. Capital's Monte Pearson placed first in the javelin with a throw of 138 feet, 7 inches. Dawson Ziegler finished first in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches, and Haller finished with distances in the long jump of 20 feet, 00.25 inches.
Helena girls star Odessa Zentz finished the 1,600 with a time of 5 minutes, 29 seconds. Audrey Bloomquist finished first in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 1.5 inches.