Dillon girls fourth at state

Pendleton, Andersen and Paffhausen strike individual gold
Dillon senior Josee Pendeleon claimed the state “A” shot put championship with a gold medal throw of 38 feet and three and one-half inches. Pendelton was joined on the top of the awards stand by hurdler Holly Andersen, gold in both the 100 and 300 hurdles with school record times, as the girls placed fourth in the team standings. Mick Paffhausen overcame hamstring issues to win the boys 110 meter hurdles to earn state track gold for the second year in a row. Jess Alberi photo


The Dillon Beavers took home top honors in four different events at the State A Track Meet at the Charlie Merrifield Track in Butte last weekend.

The Beaver girls team finished the weekend in fourth place, just one point behind Whitefish, while the local boys team placed ninth.

Senior Josee Pendleton got things rolling for the Beavs by outthrowing the competition by nearly a foot to take first place in the state in the shot put. 

Her fellow Dillon senior Mick Paffhausen fought his way back from a hamstring injury to smoke the field in the 110 meter high hurdles.

Dillon junior Holly Andersen broke two school records in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles on her way to being crowned state champion in both races.

With the state meet in Butte this year, Dillon Head Coach Tammi Myers took the opportunity to let her athletes sleep in their own homes, rather than in a hotel.

“Over the years, I have found that the kids just seem to compete better when they can rest in their beds and not have the added distractions that sleeping on the road can bring,” said Myers, who is now in her 18th year of leading Dillon’s track and field program.

The dozen local boys and eight girls that made the field for the state meet took their first of three trips up I-15 on Thursday to practice their events at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

With close to 50 schools in attendance, competitors faced long waits before getting to practice their throws, jumps and/or starts on the busy Thursday.

The Dillon team then attended dinner at one of Coach Myers “secret restaurants” and then made the 60-minute trip home.


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