HELENA — The Missoula Sentinel High boys track team came together when it mattered the most, even though it had to battle rain and cold temperatures.
The Spartans hold the lead after the first day of the Western Divisional Class AA track meet Friday afternoon at Vigilante Stadium.
Sentinel finished with 65 points, followed by Kalispell Flathead with 54.5 points and Kalispell Glacier with 47.3 points.
“We did great, especially with the (weather) situation and how wet it was out there,” Sentinel coach Craig Mettler said. “It was difficult, but the kids kept a good head on their shoulders and competed to the best of their abilities."
The Spartans got off to a good start with their 4x100 relay team made up of Payton Ater, Neil Daily, Jace Dewalt and Jaden Foster, winning with a time of 42.96 seconds.
Mettler said this was the first time the four competed together after having to shuffle the lineup for another meet.
“For whatever reason, all year we have had to replace one of the four runners,” Mettler said. “But we tend to have multiple kids doing multiple events, so it always works out for us. I was confident.”
Sentinel continued to do well after it got wins by Daily in the high jump and Elias Dewaters in the long jump.
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Daily finished with with a height of 5 feet, 11 inches, two inches better than teammate Zac Crews, while Dewaters’ 21-1.5-inch long jump score was ahead of Flathead’s Chance Sheldon-Allen.
While the Spartans led the meet winning four events, Flathead’s Kyle Calles beat out Sentinel’s Noah McNelis in the 800 meters with a time of 2:02.26.
Although he already qualified for state earlier this season, he said he wanted to get some good momentum heading into the final meet.
“I had an (English) test right before I got here, so I was stiff,” Calles said. “It was good to get another win.”
Other notable results included two wins by Glacier; Drew Deck won the 300 hurdles in 40.46 seconds and Tre Krause won the shot put with a throw of 46-5.75. Flathead’s Ben Perrin also won the 3,200 in 9:25.82.
Helena Capital’s 4x100 relay team finished second overall, while Jeremiah Wamlsey finished second in the 300 hurdles and Mason Casagrande finished second in the shot put.
The meet continues Saturday morning starting with the pole vault at 10:30 a.m. Pole vault was delayed because of the rain.