Boys fifth, girls seventh at Snowflake Invite

Stephen Kalb-Koenigsfeld, Pioneer editor

Elle Terland races around the first turn during the start of the girls' open 400-meter dash March 29 at the Snowflake Invite in Columbus. Terland was fourth overall with a 1:07.57 (By STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer).


COLUMBUS — The boys' and girls' track and field teams competed in their first meet March 29 at the Snowflake Meet in Columbus. And it did not go without success for the Herders.

Kicking off the day on the boys' side were the tandem of junior Casey Gunlikson and senior Nathan Baker. On the track, Gunlikson posted an 11.3-second time in the 100-meter dash, topping last year's Class B state champion Lane Sumner from Huntley Project. Gunlikson also took top honors in the 200 with a 23.14, eighth in the triple jump (38-feet, 3-inches) and eighth in the long jump (19-4).

With his two sprint times, Gunlikson hit the state-qualifying standards and has already automatically qualified for the state meet in May.

In the field events, Baker brought home gold in the discus with a throw of 140-6, a new personal best and automatically qualifying for the state meet. Baker followed it up a while later with a third-place finish in the shot put, throwing 43-4.25. He also had an interesting go at the javelin, throwing 135-10 and taking fifth overall. The oddity comes as Baker threw just once in the preliminaries, made finals but did not throw again. 

PHOTO: Herders compete in first track and field meet of 2018

Junior Mosness doubled up in the 800 and mile, taking fourth in this first go as a Herder in the 800. He ran a 2:20.01, just four seconds off the winning time. His 5:26.44 in the mile was good enough for 10th, while teammate Graysen O'Connor was 20th with a 5:54.14. O'Connor was 13th in the 800 with a 2:31.13.

The boys' 4x100 relay took second with a time of 56.52 and the 4x400 was fifth with 4:00.18.

On the girls' side, sophomore Jolie Wood did her best to help lead the Herders with a couple of top-five finishes. She took top honors in the open 400 dash with a 1:03.93. She also anchored the 4x400 that took fourth with a 4:44.42. 

Wood was also seventh in the 200 with a 29.12.

Teammate Elle Terland ran lead off in the fourth-place 4x400, and also took seventh in the 100 with a 14.46. She also was fourth place in the open 400 with a 1:07.57.

Ashlyn Wood took eighth in her 100 hurdles with a 20.18 and eighth in the 300 hurdles with a 56.62. Ashlyn also made up 150 meters in the third leg of the 4x400 to help the Herders secure first in their heat of the relay.

Brooklyn Pederson took second place with a 32-3 thorw in the shot put, finishing runner-up to Huntley Project's Emily Poole. In the high jump, Lily Lodahl cleared 4-2 and Lauren Niebur cleared 4-0, while Darby Johnson jumped 29-9 for eighth place in the triple jump.

The Herders' next meet is April 6 back in Columbus for the Roundup/Plenty Coups Invite. Pick up a copy of next week's Pioneer for indepth recaps from the races, along with quotes from coaches and athletes.