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By Quinn Robinson
The Courier 

Flying Through The Air

Scotties Track And Field Has Strong Showing In Multiple Events On Monday


Quinn Robinson / For The Courier

Glasgow Scottie long jumper Lachlan Vaira soars through the air during one of his attempts on Monday as Glasgow hosted area schools for a track meet. Vaira was one of many Glasgow Scotties to perform well at the meet as a handful placed in the top three in more than one event. The Scotties next meet is this Saturday at Sidney.

The Glasgow Scotties track and field team held an impromptu meet at Glasgow on Monday after their previously scheduled meet at Cut Bank was canceled due to snow.

The Scotties are picking up steam as they get deeper into the track and field season. John LaBonty, the Scotties head coach, said that an event like the one held on Monday was still a process of putting the right athletes in the right events.

"We need to take kids and throw them in different events so we can see some things," LaBonty said. "We don't want to end up at the end of the season wishing we had kids run events where we could have had the chance to do so and that's what yesterday was designed for."

The Scotties only failed to make the top three in eight of the events that were held at the meet.

Dana Hughes had a couple of personal records on the day in discus and shot put. Hughes took first in the discus with a mark of 104-01 and placed second in the shot put with a mark of 34-04.

Ryan Grandchamp had another strong outing as he took first in the long jump with a mark of 20-00.

He also took first in the 200 meter run, beating Pablo Pascual from Hinsdale.

Quinn Robinson / For The Courier

Leinie Hughes throws during the shot put event. She finished sixth.

"That was really a highlight for me a sprint coach to see Ryan win in the 200," LaBonty said.

Chase Fossum and Bridger Sanders took first and second in the 400. In the 300 hurdles, it was a clean sweep for Glasgow as Ethan Etchart, Lachlan Vaira and Luke Breigenzer took first, second and third.

Also having strong outings at the event were the usual suspects of Emma Fewer who placed second in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Rachael Zeiger took second in the 400 and first in the 800 and Lane Herbert, Jason Thibault and Benji Phillips provided the second clean sweep for Glasgow in the javelin.

The Scotties have two more meets before the top ten meet and LaBonty said that they will still tinker with the athletes and events in order to get as many in the top ten as possible.

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