TOWNSEND — Townsend High senior Kameron Rauser capped of his illustrious career at the Class B Track & Field Meet last month with a State championship, three PRs and three school records.
At State in Kalispell, Rauser captured the 400-meter championship with a PR clocking of 49.19 seconds, breaking his own mark.
He was part of another Townsend record in the runner-up 1,600 relay with teammates Ty Henry Steele, Zane Newman and Aaron Geisser, getting the stick around in 3:26.82.
Rauser earned six all-state medals in the meet — tying another school mark — and his 28¼ points led Townsend to the third-place trophy in the team standings.
Based on these stellar accomplishments, Rauser has been selected as the Independent Record’s 2019 Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
“This is awesome, and I’m beyond thankful for being given this opportunity,” Rauser said, referring to his selection. “I couldn’t be more happy.”
An all-state athlete in three different sports – football, wrestling and track – Rauser graduated with 11 varsity letters.
Last fall he was a gridiron all-state selection at receiver and defensive back, and was a two-time all-state wrestler his sophomore and junior years.
On the mats, he finished with three division championships, a lifetime won-loss mark of 151-22 and 111 career pins.
Leading up to State this spring, the Bulldogs won the District 5B title, and placed fourth at the Southern B Division Meet.
At the Class B finals in Legends Stadium, Rauser’s winning time in the open 400 ranks No. 2 for all classes this season on the montanatrack.com web site’s Deep Lists.
His other medals included third-place finishes in the 100 in 11.26, and a PR of 22.27 in the 200; fourth in the 110 hurdles in 15.46 and sixth in the 400 relay with Steele, Tommy Stewart and Geisser.
And in the last race of his career, Rauser helped the 1,600 relay unit lower its season-best of 3:37 by 11 seconds.
“Kameron is a highly competitive young man that set his goals high this year and would not be denied,” football and track coach Travis Rauh said. “He and his other senior teammates have been setting the tone for how we run intervals since they were sophomores.”
The Bulldogs coach added that work his ethic has not only served him well, but also raised the level of Townsend’s underclassmen who follow.
“I would just like to thank my family and friends for pushing me when I thought I had nothing left,” Rauser said. “Thank you for always believing in me and always picking me up when I was down.”