Montana athletes qualify for Saturday finals at 2016 Simplot Games

For Immediate Release
Date February 19, 2016
Contact: Courtney Lee (208) 339-6813
Montana athletes qualify for Saturday finals at 2016 Simplot Games
Pocatello, Idaho – Athletes from Montana qualified for 14 of 34 events in the preliminary competition at the 2016 Simplot Games. Although every athlete gave it their all, there were several performances that stood out.
Some of the most exciting performances include:

  • Jake Perrin, a senior from Lakeside, and Aidan Reed, a senior from Helena, qualified within one second of each other for Saturday’s finals. Perrin and Reed placed first and second in the 2015 Montana Cross Country State Championships. Both are battling to come out on top at tomorrow’s Simplot Games finals.
  • Rachael McGree, a senior from Butte, qualified for both the girls’ 60-meter hurdles and girls’ long jump. McGree looks to take home the gold in both.

All events on Saturday are finals, with championship heats beginning at 12:15 p.m., at Holt Arena. A full list of Montana athletes who qualified is listed below.
More than 2,100 athletes have come from across the U.S., Canada, and Australia to participate in the 38th annual Simplot Games. Simplot Games remains the nation’s premier high school indoor track and field event. Sponsored by the J.R. Simplot Company since 1979, the Simplot Games are held at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho.
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Cleet Wrzesniski, a junior from Ennis, Mont., competes in the Boys 60 meter hurdles at the 2016 Simplot Games. Photo by H. Michael Roberts
Montana qualifiers:
Boys’ 3200 meters

  • Aidan Reed, 12, Helena
  • Jake Perrin, 12, Lakeside

Girls’ 3200 meters

  • Ella Degrandpre, 9, Missoula
  • Ellee Becker, 10, Missoula

Boys’ 1600 meters

  • Riley Collins, 11, Bozeman
  • Logan Morley, 12, Big Fork
  • Peter Kirgis, 12, Missoula

Girls’ 1600 meters

  • Camilla Noe, 10, Bozeman
  • Piper Meuwissen, 11, Bozeman
  • Kennenni Weigand, 11, Bozeman

Boys’ 60-meter hurdles

  • Cleet Wrzesinski, 11, Ennis

Girls’ 60-meter hurdles

  • Rachael McGree, 11, Butte

Girls’ Shot Put

  • Halie Kananen, 12, Helena

Boys’ Triple Jump

  • Jory Abelman, 12, Billings

Boys’ 1600 Sprint Medley Relay

  • Mountain View Track Club ‘A’, Missoula
  • Mountain View Track Club ‘B’, MIssoula

Girls’ Sprint Medley Relay

  • Mountain View Track Club-Color ‘A’, Missoula

Boys’ Pole Vault

  • Lawrence Moore, 12, Bozeman
  • Conner Cross, 12, Manhattan
  • Sam Roddewig, 12, Helena
  • Tyler Gurchiek, 11, Billings
  • Jake Bradford, 12, Billings
  • Garrison Hughes, 10, Sidney

Girls’ Pole Vault

  • Julie Rockenbaugh, 12, East Helena
  • Shae Helterbran, 11, Billings
  • Tendra Palin, 11, Billings
  • Taylor Bess, 12, Missoula

Girls’ High Jump

  • Delaney Bahn, 9, Bozeman
  • Camille Landon, 11, Bozeman

Girls’ Long Jump

  • Rachael McGree, 11, Butte