LeBrun, Arno, and McNeil take second at state track
Mikaela Koski
Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Sophomore ColumbusCougar Liz Lorash gets air during the triple jump competition in Laurel.

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Columbus senior Michael Jacobson competes in the 100 hurdles at state track last weekend.

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Park City senior Brittany Frank prepares to let the javelin fly in Great Falls.  Frank finished sixth in the event.

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Absarokee senior Tyler Planichek prepares in the blocks for the 1,600 relay at state last weekend.

The grand finale of the 2018 track season took place last weekend as the best athletes across the state competed in the state track meets.

Stillwater County was well represented, and several local competitors finished one step from the top of the podium.


Junior Amber LeBrun led the charge for the Columbus Cougars, taking home two second place medals along with a sixth place medal from three of the four events in which she competed at the Class A-B meet in Laurel.

In one of her best events, the 400-meter dash, LeBrun shined, finishing in second place with a time of 59.51, 0.60 seconds behind the first-place finisher from Big-fork.

In the 400 relay, LeBrun found success once again, with teammates sophomore Liz Lorash, sophomore McKayla Valdez, and sophomore RaiLeigh Strommen. The team put up a time of 50.77, good for second place. Bigfork won the event with a time of 50.26.

The Columbus girls’ 1,600 relay team earned a spot on the podium with a sixth place finish after putting up a time of 4:17.43. The Bigfork Vikings ran a 4:01.89 to win the race. Members of the Cougar long relay team were LeBrun, Strommen, Lorash, and sophomore Brenna Rouane.

The Cougar girls track team finished the meet with 17 points.


At the Class AA-C meet in Great Falls, two more Stillwater athletes took home second place hardware.

RPR senior Sol Arno placed second in shot put with a throw of 140-feet. A competitor from Whitewater won the event with a throw of 145-feet, 8-inches.

Connor McNeil, a junior from Park City, found success in both track and field. He earned second place in javelin with a throw of 173-feet, 1-inch. The Scobey athlete who won the event had a distance of 174-feet, 2-inches. McNeil placed sixth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.67, 1.8 seconds behind the champion from Turner.

Park City senior Brittany Frank capped off an impressive senior season with a sixth place finish at state with a mark of 117-feet, 11-inches in javelin.

Throughout the course of the season, Frank beat her own school record twice. The current PC girls javelin record sits at 133-feet, 6-inches, a mark Frank set at the Midland Roundtable Top Ten meet earlier this month.

Seth Popp, a Park City junior, rounded out the group of Stillwater County state track medalists with a tie for sixth place in high jump with a height of 6-feet. The winner, Allex Kosel from Roberts, jumped 6-feet, 4-inches.

The Park City boys track team scored 9.33 points at state, followed by the RPR boys with eight points. Frank scored the only point for the Park City girls team.

In addition to the medalists mentioned above, over a dozen local athletes competed at state track. Those who recorded results can be found in the tables on this page.