Track and field teams double down on the road

By: 
Stephen Kalb-Koenigsfeld, Pioneer Editor

Casey Gunlikson (center) runs the 100-meter dash in Livingston at the Ranger Invite on April 26 (Photo contributed by Dean Hendrickson).

Casey Gunlikson is on a tear this season. 

The junior sprinter/hurdler has cemented himself in Sweet Grass County High School history these past two weeks, breaking the school records in the 100-meter dash, 200 and 300 hurdles. 

His 100 time on April 28 at the Park City/Harlowton meet of 10.89 seconds was good enough to snap the 1971 mark set by Ed Gust (11.0 seconds). The 10.98 time is the fastest in Class B this year and the only sub-11-second time, too. 

In the 200, Gunlikson broke his own record he set a week ago by running a 22.39 at the Ranger Invite on April 26. Gunlikson held the previous record of 22.42, and broke the previous record set by Michael Novotny in 2002 (22.80 seconds) earlier this season. 

In the 300 hurdles, Gunlikson raced away from the field and set a new school record in 39.55, snapping Tim Hauck’s 1985 record (40.41). All three of Gunlikson’s record-setting times have qualified him for the state meet and are state-leading times, too. 

Nathan Baker qualified for his second state meet by throwing past the automatic qualifier toss at the Park City/Harlowton meet. The senior thrower tossed 47 feet, 3 1/4 inches for the fifth best throw in Class B this year. Baker won the event at that meet. 

The boys’ 4x100 relay team is .04 seconds off an automatic qualifying spot. It took third at the Park City/Harlowton meet with a 45.04. 

Junior Mosness bursted through the line in the 400 dash at the Midland Roundtable Top 10 meet in 52.65. Despite being eighth in the event at the meet, Mosness is .65 seconds shy of automatically qualifying for his first state meet in the event. 

On the girls’ side, Jolie Wood continues to be knocking on the door of auto-qualifying for the state meet in the 400. Wood ran a 1:03.42 at the Top 10 meet, good enough for ninth in the field. But her time sits at the ninth-fastest in Class B this season, and just about a second and a half off the automatic mark. 

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