Emter tosses for gold in shot put at Billings Invite

Rangers senior Kendyl Pierson, third from left, battles the heat in a pack of talented distance runners in the girls 1600 on Thursday at the Billings Invite. Photo by Jerrica Martin.
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

In the hot eastern Montana sun, 24 teams gathered for a day at the races. According to Park coach Scott Evje, at times it felt like it was 100 degrees on the track.

“We are all sporting major sunburns today, but it was worth it,” Evje said.

Despite the spring heat, Park High senior Lauren Emter pushed her personal best in the girls’ throwing events to a new distance of 40 feet and 2 inches to win the shot put for the Lady Rangers at the Billings Invitational on Thursday at Billings West High School. 

The former state champion also finished third in the discus at 116-04 behind Huntley Project’s Hailey Poole at 125-04 and Autumn Knight of Buffalo at 117-09. 

Junior speedster Colin Marks earned second-place finishes behind Keaton Anderson of Billings Senior in both the boys 100- and 200-meter sprints for the Rangers. Marks finished the 100 at 11.22 seconds, just a hair behind Anderson at 11.20. Marks trailed Anderson again in the 200, clocking in at 22.67 behind Anderson (22.37).    

Evje said he was proud of where his team is performing at this point in the season.

“It’s just another meet that proves what we’re capable of,” Evje said. “Our target is all about being prepared for the state tournament, and we are going to find a way to be ready.”

And it was also a day for recording new personal bests in a variety of events for the Rangers. 

Among those achieving a new PR were sophomores Gabriel Nohl in the 400 at 57.68, Devon Simmons in the shot put at 40-04, junior Liam Walsh in the javelin (119-09), and Marks in the long jump (17-08) for the Rangers. 

“Everybody that rolled in either got a PR or was right there with it,” Evje said.

And if the Rangers track team seemed a little shorthanded on the road, 15 members of the JV squad volunteered to stay behind and assist with the Livingston Jr. High track meet at Park High School. 

Up next

Park will host nine schools at the Ranger Invite at 2 p.m. on Thursday  in Livingston.