By Rob Everingham
MALTA It was decided by just a point but the Havre boys track team downed Malta 73-72 in a dual this weekend. The Havre girls team also won, but by a wider margin at 81-64.
On the boys side for Havre it was Brent Finneman winning the 100 meters and 200 with times of 12.03 seconds and 24.69, respectively. Ryan Evans also won two events in the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet three and three-quarters inches. In the long jump Evans jumped 20-3 to win the gold. Havres other top finishes came from Jesse Suek who won the discus with a throw of 138-8.5 Joe Roman was tops in the 1600 with a time of 5:03 and in the 800 with a 2:17.78. Jeramie Robinson took top honors in the shot put with a throw of 47-4. The final top spot come from the 400 relay team as it finished with a time of 47.13.
For the girls, Amy Ranes took first in the high jump, clearing 4-6. Lashae Michels leaped 16-1 which was good enough for first place in the long jump. Jennie Peterson won the 1600 with a 6:00.15 and the 3200 with a time of 12:58. Erin Patera was tops in the triple jump as she jumped 32-0.5. In the 800 and 200 it was Laura Watson picking up the wins for the Blue Ponies as she ran a 2:35.25 in the 800 and a 28:85 in the 200. Cara Holmquist also turned in a first place finish in the pole vault, clearing 7-0. The 400 relay team also took first, crossing the finish line with a 47.79.
Havre had not planned on Malta this weekend but when the Lewistown meet was canceled Havre coach Bob Lanning called Malta and they set the meet up. Lanning said they invited both Chinook and Lewistown as well.
This was what Lanning called a friendly meet, and he said they switched some athletes around. One was Matt Kegel who was taken out of the running events, Lanning put Watson in the 800.
We saw some good individual efforts, Lanning said.
Lanning added that Michels had her best jump of the year. Robinson is very consistent in the shot put and Peterson is also consistent in the distances.
The Blue Ponies have the Top 10 meet tomorrow. Lanning said he has 10 boys and 10 girls going to the meet in Glasgow and Lanning said he is trying to get another two athletes added to the roster today who he said should be at the meet.
This weekend Havre will host a track meet, but Lanning said he is still unsure of who will be in attendance after a pair of schools backed out this past week.