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Malta and Saco at Cal Wearley; First Meet for Mustangs, M-ettes

 

April 19, 2023

Dawson Hammond and Rylee Brusse after running the 100. Photo by Pierre Bibbs.

The Malta and Saco Track Teams competed in Havre last weekend at the Cal Wearley Memorial, a meet hosted by North Star High School.

The M-ettes track team placed sixth in the women's varsity meet with 66 points, followed by the Lady Panthers, who were seventh with 60 points. Malta's JV team was fifth in the Women's JV Meet with 62 points and Saco was tenth with 22 points.

The Saco Panthers took tenth place in the men's varsity meet with 45 points and Malta took twelfth with 36 points. Malta's JV team was thirteenth in the JV meet with 24 points.

Havre won both the men's varsity meet and women's varsity meet with totals of 369 and 290 respectively.

MALTA M-ETTES

Senior Tia Siewing took first place in shot put with a throw of 33 feet and 4 inches, and fourth place in discus with a new personal best of 94-4.5.

Siewing was asked about her first win in shot put.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Siewing said. "My goal for the first meet was to pre-qualify for state but considering that we had been inside for the first month, and our meets have gotten canceled, I am pretty okay with where I am sitting.

The pre-qualifying mark for shot put is 34-9. She was asked what will get her to that mark in the next meet.

"I think just getting more reps in," Siewing said. "Being able to get in a ring and not being stuck in the gym inside will help."

She thought the weather conditions were sunnier and drier at the Cal Wearley than she had expected.

Freshman Denvyr Tuss made a splash in the junior varsity meet, winning the shot put event with a throw of 31-0.

"I am feeling pretty happy about it," Tuss said. "I know that I can do better, but it is a new PR, so I will take it as a first mark."

She also took second in discus with a throw of 72-1. Both marks were also personal bests for Tuss, who competed in junior high meets last year.

"There is more competition and it's more fun, honestly," Tuss said of high school track compared to middle shool. "There are more things to do and watch. It's more interesting than middle school."

Freshman Kendall Clausen won the junior varsity javelin event with a throw of 100-7.

In the women's varsity junior Gracie Honey took second place in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, and 34 seconds. She was seventh in the 400 with a personal best of 1:05.70.

Junior Giona Lamb placed in all three of her events, placing third in shot put with a throw of 31-0, fifth in discus with a personal best of 93-5, and sixth in javelin with a throw of 95-3.

Sophomore Caitlyn Wilson was fifth in the junior varsity shot put.

Senior Allison Kunze was sixth in the varsity triple jump.

Freshman Neva Jacobson was sixth in the junior varsity 200 with a time of 30.65.

MALTA MUSTANGS

Freshman TJ Siewing was second in the junior varsity shot put with a throw of 37-01.

Sophomore Ivan Lefdahl was third in high jump after clearing a personal best of 6-0. His previous best was 5-8 last season.

Junior Gavin Slade was fourth in varsity shot put with a personal best of 42-11.

"Last year my PR was a 41-3," Slade said. "I just showed up today, my arms felt really good and I didn't have any shoulder pain. I just let it fly."

He was also seventh in the 100 with a time of 11.70 seconds.

"I beat everyone in my heat, but personally, I didn't run very well because I got put into the slow heat, because this is our first track meet."

Slade was asked about working with new Malta Track Head Coach Desiree Egger, who coached her first meet as a Malta High School coach.

"I really actually like her, because she disciplines us and actually makes us work hard, and all that hard work sucks, but it makes us better, so we are showing up to track meets and performing better."

Freshman Dawson Hammond was fifth in the varsity javelin with a throw of 135-9. He was also eighth in the 400 and ninth in the 200 with times of 55.80 and 24.45 respectively.

Freshman Kael Young was seventh in the junior varsity triple jump with a mark set at 33-02.50.

SACO LADY PANTHERS

Carter Pippin throws shot put. Photo by Pierre Bibbs.

Saco's Josie Brown swept the women's varsity 100, 200, and 400 races at the Cal Wearley. She also won those events on Thursday April 6, in Cut Bank. At the Cal Wearley, she posted personal bests in the event. She had a time of 13.00 in the 100, 26.83 in the 200, and 1:02.88 in the 400.

Ireland Mears took first place in the junior varsity 400 with a personal best of 1:11.24. She was also sixth in the JV 100 with a new best of 15.09 and seventh in the 200 with a best of 30.66.

SACO PANTHERS

The Saco Panthers were led by junior Marshall Caves, who cleared a personal best of 11-0 in pole vault. He took second place.

Sophomore Blaine Downing was third in pole vault after clearing 10-6. Downing was also sixth in javelin with a best of 130-05. He also had a best of 11.88 in the 100, which was good enough for tenth place.

 

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