Friday, February 23, 2018

Keaunna Mason makes a hard throw during her shot put event at the Division A State tournament in Bozeman. Mason finished as Montana’s female shot put champion.Mei-Li Stevens powers through her long distance run at the Bozeman Division A State tournament. Stevens previously placed fourth at divisionals in the 3,200-meter run.Hardin’s Kennan Hooker runs full speed alongside an opponent from Billings Senior during the state tournament.

Improvement, results and a champion

With the ending of the school year comes the end of track and field season. The outcome for Hardin athletes: improvements, record-breaking results and one shot put champion.

Throughout the 11 meets Hardin High School has attended, track athletes have placed at least sixth in 145 of the season’s 335 events, a 43 percent success rate.

Hardin’s highest percentage was 100 percent, which was at the April 23 Dan Hansen Invitational in Sheridan, Wyo., where Hardin placed in all 14 events in which they participated.

The lowest at 6 percent  was due to Keaunna Mason and Mikayla Jefferson being Hardin’s sole representatives during the State A tournament in Bozeman. Despite the low percentage, Mason became the State Division A shotput champion while Jefferson placed sixth in the 300-meter hurdles. 

Mason frequently achieved high placement in both discus and shot put events this season; she was also invited to the Laurel Division A Top 10 meet.

Mason’s top shotput score was a 43-foot, 1-inch throw at the May 13 Jock Stop meet in Glendive. Her best discus throw was in the May 20 Eastern A Divisionals in Laurel at 130 feet and 9 inches – a 2-foot, 11-inch improvement from her first throw of the season.

“We had athletes have their season-best performance in their events,” said Head Coach Laura Sundheim. “That is our goal in track, to improve each and every week.”