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Sports : School : St.Regis Last Updated: Jun 9th, 2006 - 13:55:28

Burkland finishes strong season
By Mark Hebert
May 24, 2006, 13:54

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Ryanne Burkland was St. Regis’ lone member of the girls’ track team this season. She challenged herself all season long to run faster, throw longer and jump further and each week she met those goals. Though she didn’t advance to the state meet after competing in the Class C Divisional meet in Missoula on Friday and Saturday, she did set some school records the week before.

“It was a good year,” she said as she sat in the shadows of the Missoula County Stadium at Big Sky High School on Friday afternoon.

Burkland set the new school record in the javelin (a throw of 102-7 which beat the record she set last year of 98-5) last week at the district meet in Polson before her final throw of the year, 97-6, on Friday at the Class C Divisional Meet.

“That was my goal,” said Burkland. “Everything just kind of came together. Earlier in the year I was training and getting my rhythm and then at districts I was able to put it all together and not think about it.”

Burkland also set a personal record in the 3,600 while at the district meet, beating her previous best time by almost four minutes, clocking in at 14:49 to take second place, while her 12.6 distance in the long jump propelled her into fifth place.

“It’s not my favorite event, but they threw me in it and I did alright,” said Burkland.

Though Burkland didn’t advance to compete at state next week, she has been training all year long to compete in a half marathon with head coach Cindy Feasel.

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