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Athletes Rewrite Record Books at Archie Roe
Local athletes set eight new marks on Saturday
Some of the oldest and most prestigious meet records were erased at last weekend’s Archie Roe Invitational track meet at Legends Stadium. All together, local athletes set eight new marks on Saturday in one of the final competitions of the season.

Whitefish junior Marlow Schulz set three new records. Schulz won the 100-meter dash in 12.48 seconds, breaking the third oldest record on the books, 12.5, set by Michelle Cartwright of Havre in 1985 and matched by Kim Kandle of Eureka 10 years later.

Schulz won the 200 in 25.53 to break the 1999 record of 25.8, set by Emily Alspaugh of Missoula Hellgate. And in the 400, Schulz cruised to victory in 57.26 to erase Chantelle Grey of Missoula Sentinel’s 2009 previous best, 57.29. All three of Schulz’s winning times rank as the best in Class A this season.

Continuing his historic season, Flathead senior Zach Perrin won the 1,600 in 4:16.64, breaking former Flathead standout David Vidal’s record of 4:17.4 set in 2000. Perrin’s time is the fastest in the state this season, followed by Adam Peterman of Hellgate, 4:17.42, and Glacier’s Troy Fraley, 4:23.59.

Perrin also won the 3,200 at Archie in 9:13.29, breaking the meet record by 10 seconds. Seth Watkins, another former Brave great, ran 9:23.9 in 2001. Perrin ranks first in the 3,200 in the state this year and owns the fastest times in Montana history — 9:06 in Kalispell and 8:55 in California.

Flathead senior Matthew Tokarz won the triple jump at Archie with a leap of 47-5.5, breaking the 1998 triple jump record of 46-8.5 held by David Schwenk of Missoula Big Sky. Tokarz holds the top mark in the state this season, followed by Glacier’s Kyle Griffith, who’s jumped 46-7.

The Flathead girls short relay team — Monica White, Megan Russell, Jaclyn Rauthe and Dani Davis — won in 49.34 to break the 2003 record, 49.66, set by another group of Bravettes.

Hailey Phillips of Plains set a new record in the 300 hurdles, winning in 44.61. Kasey Harwood of Polson held the previous mark, 44.91, since 2003.

This track season is quickly winding down and only a few meets remain before the final qualifiers. The District 7B meet is in Eureka on May 11. The Northwestern A Divisional is in Whitefish, May 17-18. The Western AA Divisional is in Helena, May 17-18. The AA and B state meets are in Bozeman, May 24-25, and the A and C meets are the same dates in Laurel.

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