By Tiffany L. Rehbein
The snow has melted and the tracksters are back in action Wednesday at the Havre Middle School when Rocky Boy will hold its invitational.
Seventeen Class C schools and the Havre junior varsity will compete at the meet.
Some key events on the boys' side include Mace Mangold of Big Sandy in the pole vault. He cleared 12-9 in the pole vault during his last outing at Havre. He is also a fine javelin thrower.
Big Sandy's Lance Nelson should also do well in the pole vault.
Colt Diemert of Chester could do well in the shot put and 800-meter run.
KG boys are tough again in the running events.
Sophomore Aaron Smith, the state titlist in cross country, will be strong in the 1,600-meter and 3,200.
KG's Eric Hanson runs well in middle distance. Joey Stuart is strong in the hurdles and Justin Antonich is fine in the javelin.
On the girls' side, KG freshman Kim Berg is showing strength in the javelin. In her last showing at Havre, she had a mark of 119-10 1/2 in the event.
Chester and Big Sandy will probably be at the top of the team scores again.
Michele Van Dyke (high jump), Debbie Brown (3,200), and Maci Tempel (200-meter) help to pace the Coyotes.
Big Sandy is led by Jenny Silvan (pole vault, 100 hurdles), Celeste Darlington (100 hurdles), Kate Bitz (400, 1,600), Lindsey Danreuther (100 hurdles), Kristi Upham (100, high jump, 200), and Eryn Darlington (400).
Sasha Ritter, Tess Ritter, and Amy Silvan are also point-getters for Big Sandy.
Blue Sky's Lindsey Letang is strong in the middle distance and Carlye Reddig is a good athlete.
J-I's Angela Peek does well in the throwing events.
The following schools will be participating: Belt, Big Sandy, Blue Sky, Box Elder, Centerville, Chester, Denton, Dodson, Dutton, Geraldine, Havre JV, Hays/Lodgepole, Highwood, J-I, KG, Rocky Boy, Sunburst, Turner.
The field events will kickoff at 9 a.m. with the running events getting underway at 9:30 a.m.