Ben Morrison forced himself to focus.

Manhattan Christian head coach Laura Arthun discussed Morrison’s running form with him Friday night. He realized had to emphasize his technique especially when he was fatigued.

He executed Saturday. The Eagles junior finished second in the boys 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 40.1 seconds and finished the Class C meet in Laurel with fifth-place showings in the 800 (2:03, a personal record) and the 3,200 (10:30.25).

“Ben Morrison had a phenomenal race,” Arthun said of the 1,600. “That was an exciting race, and I was so happy to see him run well. He’s been working really hard. … It’s just a culmination of putting all those races together and getting points for the team. He had the best track meet of his life.”

Morrison helped the Christian boys take fourth with 38 points as the girls tied for eighth with 20.

Arthun was happy with Saturday’s performances considering Friday included a dropped baton in one of the boys’ relays, which resulted in a disqualification.

But the Eagles bounced back Saturday. Christian’s 1,600 relay with Jakob Boscha, Devan Walhof, Grant Van Dyken and Caleb Bellach took fourth in 3:35.46, Bellach was third in the triple jump by crossing 42 feet, 8.5 inches and Boscha was fifth in the long jump with a mark of 20-5.25.

“We were disappointed to start,” Arthun said, “but I told our guys we just have to keep fighting and see what we can put together.”

Junior Faith Shepard was key for Christian’s girls. She was runner-up in the pole vault with a personal-record 9-9 and in the long jump with a season-record mark of 16-9. She was also fourth in the 100 in a season-best 13.02 seconds.

“Faith Shepherd had a phenomenal track meet,” Arthun said. “Faith is really a competitor and really gave it her all.”

Klein, Waddell win state championships

Ennis’ Jourdain Klein won the girls triple jump by leaping 36-6.25, a personal record, and took second in high jump by clearing 5 feet at the Class C meet in Laurel. The Ennis girls were 10th in the girls standings with 18 points.

Park’s Jack Waddell won the Class A boys 200-meter title in 22.46 seconds, a personal record.

Belgrade’s Evan Major (11.11 seconds) placed fourth in the boys 100 and Dalani Brayton (26.65 seconds, a personal record) took fifth in the girls 200 at the Class A meet in Laurel.

Colton Pool can be reached at or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.