Dillon girls hit gold again, boys take bronze

Maintaining her pace on the curve, Jordynn Schindler runs her 800. Jess Alberi photo


Once again led by their strong contingent of female athletes, the Dillon track and field team excelled at the Darby-Florence Invite last Thursday in Corvallis, where the Beaver girls won their second meet of the young season and the local boys placed third in a field of 14 teams.

The Dillon girls actually returned home thinking that they had come in second behind Hamilton for the meet, but Tammi Myers, Beaverhead County High School head coach, received a call from the Hamilton coach on Monday saying his girls had accidentally received 5 points in the relay that they did not earn, with the deduction putting Dillon’s girls over the top for the win.

“Our girls look really good for this early in the year,” said Myers on Monday. “We have some really talented athletes that are involved in four or five events, and it is setting a nice tone for the younger ones to follow.”

Although, she did not take first in either of her events, senior Josee Pendelton may have had the most productive meet for the local girls, as her top throws in the discus and the shot put traveled far enough to qualify her for the state meet in May. Pendleton, who will be playing volleyball for the University of Great Falls next season, topped the state qualifying mark by over two feet in the discus and by two inches in the shot.

Junior Holly Andersen again showed her speed and diversity by placing second in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, and proved yet again how dominate she is in the hurdles by dusting the competition by almost a whole hurdle in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

Junior Cierra Lamey had perhaps the most exciting race of the meet when she battled Seeley-Swan’s Paige Holmes down the home stretch of the 400.  Lamey would have to settle for second, with less than five tenths of a second separating her and Holmes, but she managed to knock a second and a half off her best time. Cierra would also finish fifth in the 100 and fourth in the 200.

Lamey’s Dillon classmate Jordan Peterson also performed well at the meet in Corvallis, clearing 8-6 in the pole vault, her strongest event, to take third, and sprinting to a third-place finish in the 100 meters and a sixth-place in the 200 meters.

In the distance races, Dillon senior Jordynn Schindler knocked 11 seconds off her 800 time from last week to finish with a 2:47.50, just outside the placing marks.

Freshman Kylie Christiansen again turned heads as she not only placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 105-1, but also tied with a group of girls at 4-6 in the high jump. To break the deadlock, the judges looked at how many attempts it had taken each girl to clear the height, and when the dust settled Christiansen found herself just shy of placing.

Tayrn Mercer also performed well for the Lady Beavs, getting off a throw of 103-6 to place fifth in the discus.


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