Jun 20, 2012 4:07 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
BILLINGS - Four Montana athletes and one from Wyoming will join the Montana State University Billings track & field teams next season, giving head coach Dave Coppock the depth he has been looking for in several events. Hunter Borner, Shelby Martinell, Carlee Smith and Blair Street all hail from the Treasure State while Anthony Montanez will be joining the Yellowjackets next season out of Wyoming.
"This is a great group of athletes we're bringing in for next year," Coppock stated. "They all will be competitive in the GNAC and we have managed to fill in some events where we were lacking depth. Hunter Borner will be a great help in the jumps while Blair Street will really lead us in the sprints and relays. Shelby Martinell will add to our hurdles strength in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdle events. Carlee Smith will add depth to an already-strong women's throws team. On the men's side, AJ Montanez is already throwing at the college level and has thrown the heavier college shot, hammer and weight in open competition. I expect all five will make an immediate impact on the conference."
Hunter Borner - 5-8 - Jumps
Roundup, MT/Roundup High School
A three-sport athlete in high school, Borner earned four letters in track & field, basketball and volleyball. She earned all-conference plaudits as a senior in track & field and was a three-time all-state selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
This past season, she won the high jump event at the district meet with a height of 5' 0" while also finishing third in both the pole vault (9' 0") and triple jump (32' 7"). At the divisional meet Borner won the high jump (5' 2") and finished fourth in the pole vault (9' 0") and fifth in the triple jump (32' 6").
Borner was also an all-conference selection in both volleyball and basketball her senior year as a middle hitter and a point guard.
Shelby Martinell - 5-8 - Hurdles/Sprints
Lima, MT/Lima High School
Martinell will join the Yellowjackets next season after a very successful high school career that saw her earn four varsity letters in track & field and another four in basketball. She was also a one-year letterwinner in volleyball as a senior.
In track, she was a four-year all-state selection which included finishing third in the 100 meter hurdles in 2011. In 2010, she was a member of the 4x400 meter relay that won the state meet and also posted a third-place finish in the 100 hurdles, a couple of fifth-place finishes in the 200 meter dash and the 300 meter hurdles.
She was also the team captain as a junior and senior in basketball and was the senior captain in volleyball.
Away from athletics, she was a class president for two years and was elected the student body president as a senior. She was her class valedictorian and was named to the academic all-state teams in basketball and track & field four times in a row.
Carlee Smith- 5-9 - Throws
Belgrade, MT/Manhattan High School
Another multi-sport athlete, Smith joins an extremely strong throwing corps next season after a very successful high school career. A four-year varsity letterwinner in the throws, she was also a four-time all-conference selection and was a three-year all-state performer.
As a senior, she finished second in the state in the discus throw with a season-best throw of 124'. She also finished seventh in the state in the shot put with a best put of 34' 11". Her women's team was a two-time district champion (2011-12).
She was also earned four varsity letters in basketball and two in volleyball. Her girl's basketball team was the district runners-up this past season.
Blair Street - 5-3 - Sprints
Clyde Park, MT/Shields Valley High School
Street was a four-year letterwinner in track & field. She was the anchor for the Cass C 4x100 meter relay state champion relay team in 2011 and was also the 100 meter dash Class C state champ. For her efforts, she was named her team's co-top performer.
In 2010, she was named the team's top performer and was named the Coach's Choice in 2009.
Her team won the district twice (2010 and 2011) and were the divisional champions in 2011 after finishing second the year before. The team also finished third in the state in 2010 and 2011.
She was also a two-time letterwinner in volleyball.
Anthony Montanez - 6-0 - Throws
Lovell, WY/Lovell High School
Montanez was the state champion in both the shot put and the discus during the 2010-11 season and closed his high school career as a four-time letterwinner in both track & field and football. He was an all-state selection for his efforts last season and was an all-conference athlete the year before.
As a senior, he recorded season-bests of 52' in the shot put, 161' 8" in the discus, 160' 8" in the hammer throw and 56' 8" in the weight throw.
His 2010 track team were the state runners up in 2010.
In football, he was a two-time all-conference selection and was named to the all-state team as a junior. His team was a two-time conference winner and claimed the state crown in 2011.