Jay Beagle is chasing a mark.

His career best time in the 100 meter dash is 11.15 seconds, set at the 2019 State A track championships, and good enough for seventh place. His best this season, set April 3 at the Bigfork Invitational, is 11.21 and ranked No. 3 in Class A.

But Beagle, a senior from Libby, knows he will have to do better than his best to win a state title this year. He’s had some time to think about it. And put in the work to do it.

Last spring when sports were in limbo, Beagle hit the gym and didn’t stop.

“I don’t think he’s missed a workout in three years,” Scott Beagle, Jay’s father, said. “He is very dedicated to just wanting to be the best.”

Beagle is 10th in the state in the 200 (his 22.89 is fourth in Class A), and second in the state in the 400 (50.65, set at the Libby County Meet Thursday).

“I feel very blessed and fortunate to have a season, especially when there’s tons of other states not having seasons and they didn’t even get football, basketball, or track,” Beagle said. “So I feel very fortunate to be here.”

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