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Three Forks qualifies 11 for State Meet

At last week's Southern B Divisional Meet, the Three Forks High School Track and Field team qualified 11 student-athletes for the 2023 Class B State Meet Scheduled for May 25 to 27 in Butte.

According to Head Coach Casey McWethy, not all of the team qualified for state, but many were very close to finishing in the top 8.

"We seemed to have a lot of kids stuck in ninth place. Which we understand. As the competition cranks up, we want to run our best races, jump our best jumps, throw our best throws, and unfortunately, we fell short in some areas. Even with many PRs," said McWethy. "For the kids that made it, we are stoked, they get to represent Three Forks and our community in Butte."

Beau Johnston and Bryon Fanning once again showed they are among the elite distance runners in the state with strong performances in Laurel.

Johnston was second in the 1600 meters with a PR of 4:36.13 and finished second in the 3200 at 10:29.09.

Fanning was third in the 3200 at 10:29.36 and fifth in the 1600 with a PR of 4:41.97.

Michael McIlwraith qualified for state in two events after finishing sixth in the long jump at 19-07 and seventh in the 400 meters with a time of 54.17.

Kylie Rowan once again rose to the occasion finishing second in the shot put at 35-03.50 and third in the discus at 103-08.

Bella Jones had a fantastic race in the 800 meters, finishing in third place with a PR of 2:36.30.

The 4x400 relay team of Zandra Potts, Jones, Devynn Judd, and Hailey Williams is headed to state after finishing in fifth at 4:22.25.

Morgan Carr qualified for state in two events after finishing seventh in the discus with a PR of 96-02 and eighth in the shot put with a mark of 29-01.50.

Brielle Davis will be heading to state after finishing in seventh in the javelin with a throw of 100-5 and eighth in the discus at 95-0.

Maya Noble qualified for state with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault with a PR of 8-00.

The Three Forks girls' team will also take two alternates to state.

"We are looking to finish on a high note at the state, and then we'll begin the process of getting ready for next year," McWethy said.