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Hot start to season for Three Forks Track and Field squad

It was quite the start of the season for the Three Forks High School Track and Field team.

Competing at their season-opening Townsend Invite last week in East Helena, the Wolves had nearly two dozen student-athletes set personal records to accompany several first-place finishes.

“Our kids were eager to get out there and compete. That’s exactly what we did,” said Head Coach Casey McWethy. “We overcame a strong headwind and cold temperatures to finally get to run in competition. As we’ve preached since day one, compete against yourself and focus on your best effort, the kids did that.”

Finishing first for Three Forks was Bryon Fanning in the 3200, Kylie Rowan in the Discus, Bella Jones in the 800, and the 4x400 girls relay team of Alyssa Golding, Jones, Devynn Judd, and Isabell Harris.

“When student-athletes overcome the weather and the delays from cancellations, it’s hard not to be proud of them. Heat after heat and flight after flight, it seemed our kids were finishing near the top for the most part. We have some things to figure out, and we hope the next outing we take another step forward,” McWethy said.

Other top 10 finishes for the boys’ team included Reid Woodward finishing fifth in the 100, Jace Kopp placing seventh in the 100 and 200, Isaiah Gather finishing 10th in the 200, Michael Mcllwraith placing sixth in the 400 and eighth in the long jump. Garrett Golding was fifth and Cass Violett was sixth in the 1600, Beau Johnston was second in the 3200, and Micha Gather was tenth in the 300 Hurdles. Brady Olson was seventh and Sam Whitfield was ninth in the triple jump.

The girls’ squad also had numerous top-ten finishers in East Helena. Eighth-grader Maya Noble was third and Zandra Potts was fifth in the 200. In the 800 Judd was second, Alyssa Golding was fourth, and Harris was sixth. In the shot put Rowan was third and Morgan Carr was fifth. Brielle Davis was third in the discus and javelin, Carr was 10th in the discus, Kylee Reichman and Maddie Conner were sixth in the high jump, and Reichman was fifth in the long jump.