Donald, Pederson ready to lead Herders at state meet

Stephen Kalb-Koenigsfeld, Pioneer Editor
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ashlyn Wood leaps one of the final hurdles during the 300-meter hurdles during the Class B Divisional meet at Laurel on May 17 (CHRIS AIKEN / Big Timber Pioneer).


For Bella Donald, the state meet was never really on her radar until late in the season. 

The sophomore high jumper qualified for the Class B State Track and Field meet with a jump of 4 feet, 8 inches at the Southern B Divisional on May 17. Donald, who worked more on her running events during the indoor season, said taking her talents to the final meet of the season wasn’t the first goal at hand. 

“No, not at all,” Donald said. “I did indoor track this winter, and I only tried it couple times there. I was doing the high jump, the 200-[meter dash] and the 400. But I was just focused on running. I was just trying [the high jump] out for fun.”

The 4-8 mark is a personal record, one she’s been chasing all over the board this season. She hit 4-4 early on this year on April 10, just the second meet of the season. After trips down to 4-0 and 4-2, Donald finally felt something click just weeks before the qualifying meets. 

“Two or three meets ago, something just clicked,” Donald said. “It’s always felt good to jump and I enjoyed doing it. But something just clicked and I thought I’d have a chance.”

She hit 4-6, finishing runner-up in the District 5B meet two weeks ago before clearing 4-8 to advance to the state meet. 

The competition only gets tougher as the final meet rolls around on the calendar. The nerves might set in before the big day, but Donald has a little bit of hope in her back pocket.

“It might be pretty scary and a little intimidating, but I’m just going to try my best and hope for the best,” Donald said. 

Donald jumps on day two of the meet, going with the Class B high jumpers at 10:30 a.m. May 26. 

4x400 slides into state

It wasn’t the time they were hoping for, but the Sweet Grass County 4x400 relay team is in. A time of 4:29.79 earned the Herder quad sixth place at the divisional meet, and entry into the first of two heats of the finals Saturday. 

Senior Elle Terland, who leads off the relay, said while it’s a little more difficult to compete in the first of two heats of a race, she’s not worried too much about the challenge of getting on the podium. 

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