Blue Ponies to host the Havre Lions Invitational


Last updated 5/4/2023 at 6:27pm

Kason Clark

The Havre High track and field teams will host the Havre Lions Invitational this Saturday at the Havre Middle School Track. Chase Mariani will be one of several seniors honored during the track team's senior day ceremony.

This Saturday at the Havre Middle School Track, the Havre High track and field teams return to the Hi-Line to host the Havre Lions Invitational. The Blue Ponies only have a few weeks left of the regular season, so HHS head coach Kari Filius hopes to see them continue to improve.

"We just want to keep going in the right direction. Every meet, we seem to just get better distances and times," Filius said. "We just want to have fun in front of our home crowd and keep going in the direction we are."

During the meet, the Ponies will also celebrate their senior day. In their senior day ceremony, the Ponies will honor Chloe Shennum, Hannah Kinsella, Clarissa Botticelli, Ali Maloughney, Mallory Murray, Ethan Elliot, Brody Henry, Kale Van Campen, Evan Baker, Cory Kueffler and Chase Mariani. As they get set to leave the program, Filius hopes the seniors know the impact they have made on their teams.

"They're good leaders and they work hard. They help to show the younger kids what it means to be on the track team and how to have fun but work hard," Filius said. "It'll be sad to see them go but they're having a good year."

In their final home meet of the season, the Ponies hope to continue their success in several events. At the North/East Top 10 earlier this week, Brayden Kimberling just took first in both the 100-meter sprint and the 200-meter sprint. Michael Emge just took fourth in the 200 in his last meet.

In the final home meet of his career, Henry will look to do well in the distance runs. At the North/East Top 10, Henry took second in the 800-meter dash. Caleb Tomac will look to build off his first-place performance in the 3,200-meter dash at the Top 10. Zack May is coming off a fifth-place finish in the 800 in his last meet.

The HHS boys relay teams will look to continue their success. At the Top 10, the HHS boys relay team took first in the 1,600 relay and it took fourth in the 400 relay. Other Ponies looking to continue their success include Jacob Herring in the 300-meter hurdles and Andrew LaRoque in the shot put.

Kaydance Reiter will look to build off her performance at the Top 10 meet, where she placed second in both the 100 and 200. Macy Brandon also did well in that meet as she took fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200.

Kyanna Jarvis will look to do well again in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles. Clara Laird should be ready to compete in the discus and the javelin once again and Macee May hopes to do well in the triple jump again.

Other Ponies that will look to do well this weekend include Amaya Jarvis in the 300-meter hurdles, Ela Harbor in the 400 and Hailey Gingery in the 800. The HHS girls relay teams will look to do well again after first-place finishes in both the 400 and the 1,600 relays in their last meet.

At this weekend's meet, the Ponies will compete against many other teams from across the Hi-Line such as Big Sandy, Box Elder, Chester-Joplin-Inverness, Chinook, Harlem, Hays-Lodgepole, North Star, Rocky Boy and Turner. The Ponies will also compete against the likes of Centerville, Conrad, Dodson, Geraldine, Malta, Roy-Winifred, Saco and Whitewater. But the school that the Ponies look forward to competing against the most should be Lewistown, considering it will be an opponent in the upcoming postseason.

The HHS track and field teams will begin the Havre Lions Invitational this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Havre Middle School Track.


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