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THOMPSON FALLS — The Charlo track team continued their dominance over Class C teams at the Thompson Falls Invitational Thursday.

The Vikings had two individual champions and won the 1,600-meter relay, scoring 97.5 points to finish in second behind the host Bluehawks. The Lady Vikings also had two individual champions and won the 1,600-meter relay to score 82 points and edge out Eureka by two points for second place. The Thompson Falls’ meet was the third time in three tries that both the Vikings and the Lady Vikings were the top Class C team at a meet. The Vikings’ nearest Class C competitor Hot Springs scored 31 points. The Lady Vikings’ closest Class C competitor was also Hot Springs with 41 points.

“As long as we keep healthy, right now, I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Charlo coach Bret Thompson said. 

Viking senior Chance Firestone won the pole vault with a vault of 13 feet. Firestone’s vault was the second highest Class C vault this season – Hindsdale-Saco’s Kirk Capdeville cleared 15 feet – and would more than likely place him at the state tournament. Firestone, who also finished in fourth in the high jump, edged out teammate Jame Petersen in the pole vault. Petersen vaulted 12 feet, 6 inches – the third highest in Class C this season – to finish in second place. 

In a back-and-forth race, Chance Rosenbaum pulled away from Thompson Falls’ Steven Block on the homestretch to win the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.79. Thompson said that Rosenbaum’s time in the 800 puts him right with the best times in Class C this season. Rosenbaum also finished in third in the 1,600-meter run.

Firestone, Rosenbaum, Petersen and Chico Stipe teamed up to win the 1,600-meter relay. The four ran the mile race in just less the three minutes, 47 seconds.

Schaelyn Fell, last year’s fifth-place 100-meter hurdler, ran her best race of the season, finishing in first with a time of 17.48 seconds. 

“That’s a huge difference from where she started the season,” Thompson said. Fell, who also finished fifth in the 300 hurdles and 100-meter-dash Thursday, was nearly a second and a half quicker than when she started the season.

Lady Viking senior Stephanie Maughan won the pole vault with a vault of 8 feet. The vault was three inches less than her vault last week, which is one of the highest for Class C girls this season.

Deondra Brown, Dawn Blevins, Brittany Shaver and Rachel Hoyt finished first in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:36.4, which was four seconds faster than Eureka’s second place time.

Shaver and Blevins also ran their quickest mile of the season. Shaver finished in third (5:56.02) and Blevins placed fourth (5:56.03). They also place in that order in the 800. Blevins placed in three individual events, throwing the javelin 100 feet, 7 inches to finish in third.

Brown finished in third in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and Hoyt finished in third in the high jump (4 feet, 6 inches), and sixth in the 300 hurdles (53.53 seconds).

The Viking young duo of Stephen Delaney and Tra Ludeman continue to impress Thompson in the hurdle races, which are mostly dominated by the older athletes. Delaney, a sophomore, finished in second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 43.35 seconds and fourth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.67 seconds. Ludeman, a freshman, placed third in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.6 seconds and fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.43 seconds. 

Stipe placed second in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Stipe ran the 100 in 11.66 seconds and the 200 in 24.19 seconds. Stipe also placed sixth in the high jump.

The Charlo track team will travel to Missoula for the Seeley-Swan invitational Saturday.


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