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Butte Track Club holding sign-up and registration

Butte Track Club 2018 track season sign-up and registration will be held Tuesday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Charlie Merrifield Track in Bulldog Memorial Stadium. All athletes except high school participants who are still in season should come prepared to practice.

Athletes from age 7 to age 18 are welcome to sign-up and compete. Cost is $60. The registration fee includes a USATF card, entry fees for State and Regional Junior Olympic meets, and a uniform. Scholarships are available based on need.

New USATF members will need to bring their birth certificates to registration.

Practice will be every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Charlie Merrifield Track through the end of June.

This year the Butte Track Club will host the USATF Montana Association Junior Olympic Track & Field championships, June 15-16, at Charlie Merrifield Track in Bulldog Memorial Stadium. As was the case last year, to raise the bar for competition, athletes from the state of Wyoming are invited to compete at the Montana meet.

Region 11 Junior Olympic championships for Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming are scheduled to be held in in Provo, UT on June 21-23, 2018.

USATF Nationals are scheduled for Greensboro, NC, July 23-29.

For more information, call Betty Merrifield at 782-0687 or Liza Dennehy at 310-1002, or email liza.dennehy@gmail.com.

Hughes, Hocker named 406 Athletes of the Month

BOZEMAN — Sidney pole vaulter Garrison Hughes and Great Falls High softball pitcher Erin Hocker are the 406mtsports.com Athletes of the Month for April.

Hughes, a senior who is headed to Nebraska, cleared 16 feet, 9 inches on April 28 at the Glendive Elks meet. Only marks from state meets are considered Montana records, but Hughes' vault is believed to be the highest in the state's history.

Hughes, whose previous best was 16-6, moved up to seventh nationally with his mark and qualified for the Junior U20 National Championships.

Hocker, a senior, has been virtually untouchable in leading Great Falls to the top seed in the Class AA postseason. She is 12-0 with a 0.87 earned-run average on the season, including 112 strikeouts in 72 2/3 innings.

Hocker has 38 wins and a 1.49 ERA for her career, with 392 strikeouts in 299 2/3 innings.

The Bison earned a bye into the state tournament.

Five MSUB baseball players earn all-region honors

BILLINGS — Five Montana State Billings baseball players earned all-region honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The five selections by the NCBWA is a program record for the Yellowjackets.

Senior Ryan Myers and junior Kaleo Johnson were first-team selections, while junior Jalen Garcia and senior Adam Cox were second-team picks. Steen Fredrickson was an honorable mention selection.

Johnson became the first player in GNAC history to win the triple crown, setting MSUB single-season records for batting average (.412), home runs (17) and RBIs (54). He also had a GNAC-record slugging percentage of .845 which ranks second in NCAA Division II.

Myers, a honorable mention all-region pick in 2017, hit 16 home runs and set the Yellowjacket career record with 27. He had an MSUB-record .515 on-base percentage and batted .354. He also set the program record for runs scored (57) and being hit by a pitch (23).

Garcia batted .351 while setting the single-season stolen base record (25). He also had a school-record seven triples and matched the MSUB record with 20 doubles.

Cox led the GNAC with six saves and struck out 47 batters in 28 1/3 innings. He had an ERA of 2.54 and finished with an MSUB record 15 saves.

Fredrickson, the GNAC pitcher of the year, finished 7-1 and a league-high 70 strikeouts.

RMC men's golf climbs to 12th at NAIA Championships

SILVIS, Ill. — Making the biggest move of any team in the field, the Rocky Mountain College men's golf team climbed to 12th place at the NAIA National Championships on Wednesday.

The Battlin' Bears opened Wednesday's round in 21st place after shooting a first-round 302.

They responded with a 285, a 17-stroke improvement, for a two-day total of 587. Coastal Georgia (280-285-565) took over the team lead, followed by Dalton State (566).

Michael Tait, Colton Murphy and Reece Nilsen all made huge jumps in the individual standings.

Tait moved into a tie for 19th place with rounds of 73 and 70 for 143. He improved 24 places in the standings.

Colton Murphy (76-71-147) improved 36 places to a tie for 54th, while Nilsen (81-69-150) improved 60 place to a tie for 75th.

Mitchell Thiessen (75-75-150) is also tied for 75th, while HoTae Kim is tied for 111th (78-78-156).

S.M. Lee of Dalton State (69-68-137) is the leader after two rounds. He moved from fifth to first.

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