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Alberton’s Dehne advances to state
By Mark Hebert
May 24, 2006, 13:55

For many members of the Alberton track and Field team, Saturday in Missoula marked their final high school athletic event as they made their way to Big Sky High School to compete in the Class C Divisional meet.

Of the handful that competed, only Geof Dehne advanced to state next week in Helena. One athlete placed sixth, good enough for a medal, but not good enough for a pillar to stand on at the award ceremonies.

“I took sixth place so I didn’t even get a box to stand on,” said senior Brandon Kohlwes after placing in the discus. “I walked over there (to receive his medal) and was looking for the sixth place box and there wasn’t one. I had to stand on the grass.”

While Kohlwes was grass bound, Dehne was running the 110 hurdles and finished the race in 17.1 seconds, a personal best, advancing him to the finals on the next day.

“I’m in the top five right now,’ said Dehne. “If I run well tomorrow I should be going to state. I just always hit a hurdle or something. I’m fine with my time and hopefully I can step it up at state.”

Dehne’s time of 17:44 on Saturday was good for fifth place, which means he will run in Helena this weekend.

As a team, the Panthers scored three points during the two-day event, while the Lady Panthers– not from a lack of trying –failed to score any points at the meet.
Rebecca Petersen, competing in the long jump, had her first two jumps wiped away due to scratches, but nailed the third leap at 12.6 ½, about a half foot short of her personal best.

“I tried my best,” she said.

Petersen, along with teammates Cleo Talbot, Shawna Hendrickson and Sierra Scheffer ran in the 400-relay but didn’t place in the race.

“I don’t think we did as well as we could have,” said Talbot. “The competition is pretty strong.”

It was the same story for the boys’ 400-relay team, consisting of Gary Shinn, Blaine Myrstol, Cody Nagy and James Wemple.

“It was bad,” said Shinn. “We just didn’t run a very good race. Though only one Alberton athlete advanced to compete at state this weekend, it seemed as if most of the team enjoyed the sun in Missoula and made the most of the track meet.

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