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RSI’s Franklin, Durglo get trifecta in Whitefish

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WHITEFISH — In one of the toughest fields of the year, RSI’s Jordan Franklin and Adessa Durglo placed three times. 

Saturday at the Whitefish A.R.M. Invitational, Franklin placed fourth in the 300-meter hurdles, fifth in the high jump and sixth in the 110-meter hurdles to score all of RSI’s seven points. Durglo placed second in the long jump and triple jump and third in the high jump to help the RSI girls score 25 points and finish in sixth in the 16-team field.

Franklin ran a season best 41.96 seconds to finish in fourth in the 300 hurdles. 

“His (Franklin) time continues to come down each week in this race and should be good enough to place him at divisionals later this month in Libby,” RSI boys’ coach Noelle Decker said. 

Franklin just missed out of getting a chance to place in four events. He ran the 100-meter dash in 11.32 seconds to finish third in his heat. Only the top two runners in each of the five heats advanced to the finals.

Durglo leapt 15 feet, 10.25 inches in the long jump and 33 feet, 7 inches in the triple jump. RSI girls’ coach Crystal Pitts said that Durglo is nearing the distances that qualified her for state last year in the two events and expects her to start adding some distance in the next couple of weeks.

Durglo also ran a leg on the fifth-place 1,600-meter relay team and record-breaking 400-meter relay team. Mackenzie Trudeau, LaGlen Mitchell, Christina Williams and Durglo ran the 1,600 in 4:34 and the 400 in 54.13 seconds to shave a tenth of a second off the St. Ignatius record they set last week.

Trudeau also continued to improve on her sprint times, setting a personal best in the 100-meter dash with a 13.95-second race. Trudeau ran the 200 in 29.3 seconds. 

Jenny Larsson had a personal-best throw in the javelin of 93 feet, 10 inches and a season-best long jump of 13 feet, 1 inch. Larsson’s throw in the javelin was about 10 feet farther than her previous PR and now she has her sights on breaking the St. Ignatius record of 103 feet, 8 inches held by her older sister Lisa.

Maria Cheff improved on her hurdle times, running the 100 hurdles in 19.7 seconds and the 300 in 58.7 seconds.

Marcus Hungerford ran his best 800-meter run of the season, finishing just outside the top six. Hungerford ran the 800 in 2:07.76 to finish in seventh. Instead of running the 400, Hungerford ran the 1,600 to help build his endurance. He finished in 5:02. Decker said she had Hungerford run the longer race so he could become more consistent on his lap times. Hungerford also finished in a four-way tie for second place in the junior varsity high jump.

Malachi Musser, a junior, placed first in the shot put and third in the discus in the junior varsity events. Musser threw the shot put 35 feet, 11 inches and the discus 99 feet.

On Friday, many of the RSI athletes placed at the smaller Big Sky track meet.

“We had some good performances from lots of kids on Friday evening in Missoula.We really debated running in two track meets back-to-back, but I think it turned out to be a good thing,” Decker said. “We told the kids to try new events that they maybe hadn’t done all year on Friday, and only two or three, leaving them with their regular events for Saturday’s meet in Whitefish.”

Cody Johnson placed second in the 400 (57.5), finishing in front of teammate Armel Jones, who finished in fourth (1:07.58). Dustin Goldsby won the 3,200, finishing in 12:39. Franklin placed second in the 300 hurdles and the triple jump and third in the 110 hurdles. Gui Silva placed in both hurdle races finishing in third in the 300 and fourth in the 110. Toby Cheff finished fourth in the shot put (39-3) and fifth in the javelin (143-3). Kyle Lawson finished in fifth in the javelin (30-3).


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