Pony track teams look to stay busy
It is back to business as usual for the Havre High boys and girls track and field teams, and the competition should be as tough as it comes.
The A.R.M. track meet in Whitefish is one of the tougher meets the Central A Blue Ponies will attend. It brings in talent from all over of the state, and the Ponies will have to compete at a very high level to stay afloat. HHS will be in Whitefish on Saturday for the 14th annual A.R.M., joined by teams like Glacier, Columbia Falls, Libby, Whitefish, Thompson Falls, Ronan, Polson, Plains, Noxon, Lincoln County, Shelby, Bigfork, Hot Springs and Cut Bank.
Last season the Ponies competed in Whitefish and were able to finish near the top of the pack. The HHS girls finished as the No. 4 team and the HHS boys finished in tenth place.
Both teams will look to continue to climb the ranks with key performances from the teams' consistent leaders.
Garrett Aguillard is back in the lineup, and will help Marc Klimas carry the Ponies in the distance races. Mason Case should continue t lock things down in the 100 and 200, while Thurman Holdsclaw, Matt Emge, Thomas Gruber and Zach Plum all have the ability to place in the pole vault.
An increase in production in the throwing events would give the boys' team a huge boost this season.
On the girls' side, Sammy Evans will get a shot at some of the states top performers in the triple jump, long jump and high jump. She is also emerging as one of the Ponies top sprinters, showing the ability to place in the 100-meter dash.
Lacey Waid has been consistent in the pole vault, while Peyton Filius and Ashlynn VanVoast continually hold their own in the distance races, and place in multiple events week in and week out. Points in the throwing events would also give the Ponies a boost in production.
This weekend is a big one for the Ponies, as the season is winding down already. Tuesday the Ponies have the Top 10 meet in Glasgow, and following that, the Ponies have just one more outing before the divisional meet. Continually improving and setting good times and marks this weekend will be very important for the Ponies, especially if they want the best case scenario in which to compare their progress with the rest of the state's best.
Saturday the Blue Ponies will compete at the A.R.M. track meet, hosted by Whitefish.