MISSOULA — The high school track and field postseason heats up with divisional meets around Montana this week. The best in the Western B and Western C all come together for their competition. The first day ran at Missoula County Stadium on Thursday.
With about half of the events completed, the Missoula Loyola boys and Bigfork girls have both built big leads in the Western B team race. The Rams lead second-place Bigfork 74-30. The Vals lead second-place Loyola 69-37.
The Seeley-Swan girls are running away with the Western C title. The Blackhawks have scored 85 points. Second-place Charlo has only 32.5 points. The lone close team battle comes in the Western C boys. Manhattan Christian holds a slim lead over Seeley-Swan, 46 to 39.5.
The most impressive individual performance of the first day came from a Blackhawk sophomore. Klaire Kovatch tossed her first discus attempt 150 feet, 2 inches. That set a new personal best by nearly seven feet and is now the farthest discus throw by any high school girl in Montana this year, regardless of class.