Golden Eagles earn 13 first places at Central Montana Invite

Fergus’s Marissa James clears the high jump bar at 5-5. It was not only James’ personal best jump by two inches, but it also gave her first place at Saturday’s Central Montana Invitational and qualified her for the Class A State Meet.                                                                                                               
Photos by Doreen Heintz

Drake Henson leans at the finish line in first place in the 800-meter run on Saturday. Henson’s time of 2:00.85 qualified him for the state meet in May.

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

The Fergus girls’ track team competed well at their first track meet of the season. Marissa James, Jozee Plouffe, Anna Zimmer and Sheanna Larson all took first place on Saturday at the Central Montana Track and Field Invitational. Despite the wind and temperatures much lower than the weatherman predicted, athletes from throughout Central Montana competed in the meet. Fergus, Havre and Park were the three Class A schools in the competition, while over 10 Class C teams had success in the non-scoring meet.
James won two events for the Fergus girls, the high jump and the 300-meter hurdles. James won the high jump by clearing 5-5, two inches above her previous best. The jump of 5-5 also qualified James for the Class A state meet, which will be held in late May. The qualifying height for Class A girls in the high jump is 5 feet.
James won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.47 seconds. In addition, James placed third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles.
Plouffe had a first-place win in the pole vault at a height of 7 feet. Zimmer got her sophomore campaign off to a strong start by winning the shot put (34-1) and finishing sixth in the discus (75-8). Larson’s win also came in a field event when she tossed the javelin 100 feet, 4 inches to take top honors.

Henson wins 800, 1600
Senior Drake Henson took top honors in two events for the Fergus boys with wins in the 800- and 1600-meter runs. Henson ran the 800 in 2:00.85 and finished the 1600 with a time of 4:49.60. His 800 time qualified him for the state meet. The qualifying time in the 800 for the Class A boys is 2:02.00. His 1600 time needs to get to 4:38.00 in order pre-qualify in that event.
The Fergus boys dominated the two distance races at the invite. Besides Henson’s two wins, junior Noah Majerus won the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:47.16. Right behind Majerus were teammates Kai Krumweide (10:49.22) and Sam Fulbright (11:04.31). Majerus finished second to Henson in the 1600, followed by Fulbright in third and Krumweide in fifth.
Haiden Collins won the 300-meter hurdles for the Fergus boys, while freshman Carson Weeden won the pole vault. Sam Butcher won the discus, and Alex Wickens finished first in the javelin.
The boys’ 4 X 400-meter relay team of Henson, Fulbright, Grady Gilpatrick and Wyatt Blythe was a first-place winner. The Fergus 4 X 100-meter relay team finished fourth. 
Track teams travel to Havre on Saturday
The Fergus boys’ and girls’ track teams travel to Havre on Saturday for a meet. The Havre Invitational begins at 9 a.m. Next Tuesday, the Fergus teams will host their annual Twilight Meet at Golden Eagle Stadium.



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