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Arlee competed in the Lake County track meet last Tuesday and in the Seeley Invitational on Saturday. 

Jessica Knoll won the 400 in 63.0 and the 800 in 2:39, as well as anchoring the 1,600-meter relay team of Whitney Malatare, Becca Whitesell and Alex Adams, which finished second with a season-best time of 4:35. Adams placed second in the pole vault with a leap of 7-6; she was second in the long jump going 15-3.5, and second in the 100, running 13.52. 

Malatare was third in the triple jump with 31 feet and fourth in the long jump (15-2). Mahalia Hendren threw her farthest this season in the shot put (31-3), good for third place, while Courtney Perry managed a PR in the same event, throwing 28-1 for sixth place.  Other girls who placed at the county meet were Whitesell with a fifth in the 400 and a fourth in the 100 hurdles, while Darian Charlo took fourth in the 300 hurdles and fifth in the 100 hurdles. Eula Fullerton was fifth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the triple jump.

On the boys’ side, Isaac Dejarlais again was impressive, taking second in the 100 in a season-best time of 11.44. PJ Haynes also placed in this event with his fastest time of 11.65, good for fifth.  Desjarlais placed second in the 400 and the 800. 

While Haynes took home third in the high jump and sixth in the pole vault, finally getting over 10 feet, Donovan McDonald got a second (11:05) in the 3,200 and a third (5:08) in the 1,600. Freshman Harold Yocum got a fifth and a sixth in the 300 hurdles and 110 hurdles respectively.

“We took a small group of athletes to the Seeley meet on Saturday, but they performed well,” head coach Russell Baker said. 

Jessica Knoll got a PR in the 400, placing fourth in 62.91, and although not a PR, she did take fifth in the 800 in 2:40.

Hendren again had an outstanding day, placing third in the shot put at 31 feet and narrowly missing placing in the discus at 97 feet. Malatare again long-jumped just under 15 feet, good for fifth place, and McDonald ran his fastest 1,600 of the year (5:01) to place fourth. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the 3,200.

“Our next meet is our district meet in Polson on Thursday, where our girls will be competing with Charlo and Superior for one of the top two spots and a trophy,” Baker said. “Charlo and Hot Springs boys will go head to head for the top spot, while Arlee should be in a battle for third. (It) should be a great meet with many exciting matchups.”


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