Monthei back from injury, sparks Hawk girls at Ballard Invite

HUXLEY – The South Hamilton girls’ track team picked up six medals at Friday’s Ballard Invitational.

Competing in Class B, the Hawks managed to score 62 points to finish sixth in the field of eight squads. Northeast Hamilton scored in just one event and placed at the back of the field with four points.

Roland-Story (158 points) utilized its depth to overwhelm the field. Clarion-Goldfield (103) was second, followed by Madrid (87), Prairie Valley (84) and CMB (81).

“Roland-Story and Clarion-Goldfield are two really quality teams and I thought we ran well against them,” South Hamilton head coach Dan Brodie said.

Kayla Monthei returned from injury to scoop up the silver medal in the 800-meter run in 2:38.47. She also ran the opening leg of the runner-up 4×800 relay (10:45.59) alongside Allyson Ervin, Kassy Hegland and Meghan Fisher.

Ervin secured the bronze in the 400 hurdles (1:11.70), as did Fisher in the open 400 (1:05.78), Hannah Myers in the 800 (2:40.38) and Kayla Lucas in the 1,500 (5:42.66). Ervin and Lucas ran the 400 and 800 legs of the third-place distance medley relay (4:44.58); Kali Lucas and Ady Wintermote opened on the 200 legs.

Northeast Hamilton’s lone medal came from Andi Anderson in the high jump. She cleared 4 feet, 6 inches to finish third.