BELGRADE — By the time the final event of the day was about to start Thursday afternoon at the Belgrade Booster Club Track, the first-place trophy had already been secured.

Manhattan’s girls received 19 key points in the 3,200 meters, then capped the day with a runner-up finish in the 1,600 relay. Those points propelled the Tigers to a second consecutive District 5B championship.

“Manhattan, we love to bring home the districts because as a team everybody is just so supportive of each other. And coach just motivates us to push each other even more,” said sophomore Olleca Severson, who placed in four individual events. “Distance always pulls through in the end in the last two-mile (race). It always tips there, so the distance girls always do great.”

Manhattan tallied 165 points to hold off Three Forks, which finished with 145. The Tigers’ depth in the distance races proved to be the difference.

“We knew we were capable of winning it, so it’s kind of disappointing,” said Wolves senior Paeton Ohs, who won a pair of throwing events. “But we still got second, so it’s a good second.”

Severson won the 100 hurdles (16.5 seconds) and anchored the winning 400 relay team while earning runner-up finishes in the 300 hurdles (48.17 seconds), pole vault (8 feet) and 200 (28.08 seconds). It was only her second time this season competing in the 200.

“Today I (qualified for state) in both hurdles, so that was a big relief,” Severson said. “I’d love to just push myself and get new PRs.”

Manhattan’s other individual winners were Hallie Hemenway, Madeline Severson and Maci St. Cyr. Hemenway won the 1,600 (5:30.65) and 3,200 (11:57.25) while Madeline Severson cleared 5-1 in the high jump and St. Cyr cleared 8 feet in the pole vault.

“Everybody was really supportive today, and everyone did really good,” Olleca Severson said.

For Three Forks, Kendall Lynn posted marks of 16-3.5 and 34-11.5 in the long and triple jumps, respectively, while Ohs had throws of 106-3 in the javelin and 104 feet in the discus. The senior was also sixth in the shot put with 28-11.5.

“It wasn’t the greatest day. I don’t know — it was just an off day,” Ohs said. “It was really cold this morning, and everybody was having an off day in discus, so it was hard to start off in that.”

Kyle Olson won the 800 in 2:31.31 and was second in the 1,600 (5:35.53) and fourth in both the 3,200 (12:50.31) and triple jump (30-6.25). Jasymn Murphy qualified for state in the 300 hurdles after finishing in 48.15 seconds and was third in the 200 (28.26 seconds).

Broadwater County’s boys won the team title with 141 points. Jefferson was second with 120.5 while Manhattan was third with 113.

“I feel like we all did our best,” said Manhattan senior Zak Meeker, who won a pair of events. “Unfortunately, we have some injuries.”

Meeker was victorious in the 1,600 (4:40.93) and 3,200 (10:48.77) and was second in the 800 (2:02.64) to teammate Wyatt Barney. The Tigers took the top four spots in the 800.

Bryce Love added runner-up finishes in the 1,600 (4:44.67) and 3,200 (11:01.04) and was third in the 800 (2:03.08). Barney won the 800 in 2:01.64.

Barney, Meeker, Love and Nevin Turner also won the 1,600 relay in 3:36.57.

“It all went really well,” Meeker said.

Three Forks, which finished in a tie with Sweet Grass County for fourth with 65 points, had two winners in Payden Lynn and Bryce Olson.

Payden Lynn won the javelin with a throw of 166-9 and added runner-up finishes in the high jump (6 feet), long jump (20-07.5) and triple jump (41-11). The senior was also fifth in the 200 (24.38 seconds).

Bryce Olson set a personal best in the pole vault by 9 inches after clearing 13-6. The senior also placed fourth in the triple jump (39-11.75) and was sixth in the long jump (19-04.50).

While Olson qualified for the Southern B Divisional in long jump — an event he had not competed in for three years — pole vault was his highlight.

“Once I got 12-6, I just kind of like (tuned) out and let my coach pick the height,” Olson said. “We chose 13 at one point, and I got that one, which I was really stoked for. And she went up to 13-6, but I had no idea. I figured it was only 13-3 or something, so when I made it I was like, ‘Man, this is amazing’ because I knew it was a PR.”

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