HELENA — University of Washington junior pole vaulter Chase Smith placed seventh at the NCAA Western Regional Preliminary Track and Field Meet recently.

Smith, Helena High’s all-class record-holder from 2015, cleared 17-feet-7 on his third attempt to qualify for nationals. There was an eight-way tie for first place at the meet in Sacramento, California, with Smith placing seventh due to misses.

The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place June 5-7 in Austin, Texas.

Another HHS alum, Aidan Reed of Southern Utah, finished 14th in the Preliminary Meet’s 10,000-meter run, with a PR of 29:13.63.

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