Belt, Chinook on top at Fairfield-Belt Invite

Conrad's Javan Carroll clears the bar set at 5'10" during the Fairfield-Belt Invitational track meet on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

Conrad’s Javan Carroll clears the bar set at 5’10” during the Fairfield-Belt Invitational track meet on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
TRIBUNE PHOTO/RION SANDERS

Saturday featured track meets galore as many Class B and C schools descended on the Electric City for the Fairfield-Belt Invite.

The meet went on despite heavy winds that canceled the pole vault. That likely would have helped out Cascade considerably since the Badgers tend to dominate the small-school pole vault world in Northcentral Montana.

We’ve got a story and a video for your perusal.

Belt coach Jeff Graham was missing several members of his teams because of a DECA conference, but said most teams are “in the same boat” this time of year.

Nevertheless the Belt girls won the team title while Chinook took the boys’ title thanks to four victories by Dylan Surber.

The CMR and GFH track teams were in Helena, where the CMR girls placed second overall to Billings West. Anna Weber won the100 and was second in the 200 in what look to be shaping up as key races for the state meet next month.

I’ve also got some more stuff on Brian Crosby’s hiring as the CMR girls’ basketball coach. He has experience coaching both boys and girls though he’s spent the past eight years coaching boys in some form or fashion.

“Kids are kids and basketball is basketball. I think that it’s the same,” Crosby said. “My dad coached girls’ basketball for 20 years at Roundup and he said he didn’t treat them any different. They’re all kids and boys and girls have the same issues and same concerns.”

Crosby, whose family includes wife Jordan and young son Cooper, said girls listen better to their coaches.

“Sometimes with boys you’ll be in a huddle and draw up a play and they’ll say, ‘What are you doing?’” Crosby said. “But girls listen to you.”

Crosby’s hiring ought to set up some interesting contests with Gregg Dart’s squad over at GFH. During his days as a KRTV sports anchor, Crosby covered Bison football which was coached by Dart at the time. Crosby said he has always admired Dart’s coaching acumen.

“I know the standard that people judge you by in Great Falls is how you do in crosstown games,” Crosby said.

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