Gunlikson earns third ticket to state

Stephen Koenigsfeld, Pioneer Editor

Casey Gunlikson races down the last 100 meters of the 200-meter dash March 29 at the Snowflake Meet in Columbus (STEPHEN KALB-KOENIGSFELD / Big Timber Pioneer). 


With inclement weather, April 10’s quadrangular track and field meet turned into a bit of a sextangular and septangular meet, with teams coming over from a cancelled Billings meet to participate in the Laurel Invite. 

Billings Senior had no issues sweeping the boys’ and girls’ team titles, with the boys nabbing 480 points and the girls donning 556 in their respective victories. Sweet Grass County took third on the boys’ side with 178 points and the girls were fourth with 70. 

Casey Gunlikson punched his ticket to the state meet his third qualifying event, the 300-meter hurdles, as he ran a 41.47-second time for first place in the event. Gunlikson was also first in the 100 (11.47) and the 200 (23.06) and tied for third in the long jump at 19 feet, 4 inches. 

Nathan Baker continued his dominance through a trio of the field events, taking first in the javelin with a toss of 157-11. Baker was third place in the shot put (41 feet) and third in the discus (138-11). 

Junior Mosness had some success in the short-mid-distance events, with runner-up honors in both the 400 and 800. Mosness clocked 54.76 in the 400 and 2:15.79 in the 800. 

The boys’ 4x100 relay team was third with a 45.68 and third in the 4x400 with a 3:50.78.

On the girls’ side, sprinters found success, as Jolie Wood cruised to a second-place finish in the 400, clocking a 1:03.91. She was also fourth in the 200, with a 29.33.

Elle Terland took over in the 100, taking eighth with a 14.59, and was just behind Wood in the open 400, a fouth-place finish in 1:06.46. 

Ashlyn Wood nabbed a fifth-place finish in the 300 hurdles with a 55.74, and was ninth in the 100 hurdles with a 20.71. 

Brooklyn Pederson continued her dominance in the shot ring, tossing 32-1 for a second-place finish. She was also ninth in the discus with a 77-1. 

Bella Donald vaulted 4-4 in the girls’ high jump to take sixth, with minimal practice because of the weather. Head coach Jennifer Wood said for having very little practice in the high jump pit, she’s been pleasantly surprised with some of the early success jumpers are having at the event. 

Next up for the Herders — weather permitting — will be a meet at Columbus, April 13.