Rangers Emter, Patrick, Davis lead the way in Billings

By Thomas E. Watson
Enterprise Staff Writer


The Park High Ranger track and field team was joined in Billings on Saturday at the Billings Invite by 17 other schools.

Of the 18 schools at the meet, three were Class AA schools and four were fellow Class A schools, and there were even four schools from Wyoming at the meet.

With all of that competition, the Rangers did not have as many individual placings as they normally might, but they still had a good day in terms of athletes setting personal bests in their events.

“It was a huge meet, but we had some good times and good personal bests,” said head coach Jim Johnson. “We only had three girls place. Lauren Emter placed in two events, Madison Patrick placed in one of hers and Holly Davis placed in the high jump. Those are the three that placed, and then our distance kids had a lot of personal bests.”

Lauren Emter, despite facing competition from all classes, still won the discus with a throw of 118-08. Emter’s throw was a full 3 feet farther than the second-best throw in the event.

In the high jump, Holly Davis nearly came away with a first-place finish. The best jump of the day came from Powell, Wyoming’s Anissa Warner, who had a jump of 5-04. For Montana athlete’s, Davis had the highest jump of 4-11, which was 2 inches better than the third-place jump from Laurel’s Marissa James.

Finally, Madison Patrick turned in the seventh-fastest time in the 200-meter dash. Patrick’s time of 27.42 was just seven hundredths of a second faster than the eighth-place runner. The event was won with a time of 26.11 by another Wyoming athlete, Big Horn’s Bailey Bard.

The Rangers will have two meets this week — the first is Tuesday in Laurel and the second is in Belgrade on Saturday.