Ranger girls finish second at Laurel Quad

By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer


The Park High Ranger track and field team was in Laurel on Tuesday for a quad meet with both Belgrade and Fergus joining Park to compete against host Laurel, and the Ranger girls finished second in the team standings.

The girls finished with 77.5 team points, while Laurel won its own meet with 101.5 points. The Locomotives also finished first in the boys’ team standings with 109 points. Belgrade was second with 72.5 points.

“It was a really, really good performance by the girls,” said Rangers head coach Jim Johnson. “Laurel is a pretty tough team. We moved some kids around yesterday, and we didn’t run Madison (Patrick) in all her events. There are some things we can do to stack up some more points.”

One of the brightest spots from Tuesday was the second-place finish by Alexi Speas in the pole vault. She set a new personal record with a vault of 08-00 that also tied the school record.

The only event in which a Ranger girl didn’t place was the 100-meter dash, but in the 200 and the 400, Madison Patrick won both races. Patrick’s time of 27.22 was a personal best. 

Kendyl Pierson was second in the 800, and her time of 2:34.27 was a personal best. Pierson was also third in the 1600, while teammates Ella McKenzie and Larissa Saarel were second and fourth, respectively. McKenzie and Saarel finished second and third in the 3200.

Jerrica Martin had a great day in Laurel, winning both of the hurdling events. Martin won the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.15, and she won with a time of 52.49 in the 300 hurdles. Teammate Chloe Muhi finished fifth in the 100 hurdles.

Martin was also on both relay teams. Cherry Tseng, Alexi Speas and Patrick joined Martin on the 4x100 team and finished fourth. Martin, Patrick and Tseng ran with Pierson in the 4x400 relay, and that team finished second.

Lauren Emter again dominated the throwing events, winning two out of the three. Emter had a throw of 116-11 to win the discus, while teammate Kinsey Whiting placed seventh with a personal-best throw of 80-04.50. That throw was 17 feet better than her previous best.

Emter also won the shot put, and was fourth in the javelin with a throw of 85-04. Samantha Carter-Emter finished fifth in the javelin with a throw of 83-01.

Holly Davis finished second in both the high jump and the triple jump, and Muhi was fourth in the long jump with a distance of 14-00.

The Ranger boys were led by Colin Marks, who won the 100 while competing in his first meet of the season. Marks has missed the first few meets with an injury.

“He seems to be running well,” Johnson said. “He’s healthy, and we are welcoming him back.”

Devin Nelson had his best finish in the 3200, where he was second best with a time of 10:38.64, but Nelson was also fifth in the 1600 with a time of 4:52.78.

“Devin had a personal best in the 3200 and ran really well in that one,” said Johnson. “All the distance runners had personal bests yesterday, so they continue to improve.”

Joey Peacher finished third in the 400 with a time of 55.69, and the final Ranger boy to place in an event was Gabe Castillo, who was third in the pole vault.

“There were solid performances by all the boys,” Johnson said. “There were a lot personal bests yesterday.”

Now over a month into the season, Johnson is happy with how the season is progressing.

“We’re a month away from divisionals, and we’re still seeing personal bests from the kids,” he said. “I think that is really showing a lot of improvement on their part to work hard to get better.

“It was good for us to be able to compete at Laurel, because that is where divisionals are this year. It was good for some of those kids who haven’t been on that track to experience what it is like.”