Furlong named MVP, Brantley hits standard at North Star meet

May 15, 2021

Brenner Furlong

Galen Brantley III

Soldotna’s Brenner Furlong was named North Star Athletic Association Men’s Outdoor Track Most Valuable Athlete-of-the-Meet.

Furlong accumulated 23 points after winning the 400-meter title, being on two victorious relays and placing second in the 200 to help Dakota State University win the men’s team title at the NSAA Championships.

Dakota State scored 250 points to win by 13 points over runner-up Dickinson State University and Soldotna’s Galen Brantley III, who placed second in the shot put and hit the NAIA National B Standard.

Furlong and Brantley are former SoHi teammates who are both dual-sport athletes in college in track and football. They might be on different teams now, but they remain on the same side when it comes to elevating Alaska.

Furlong, a junior, won the 400 in 49.18 for his first individual win of his NAIA career. He was a two-time state champion in the 400 in Alaska.

His PR of 48.64 set in 2019 ranks No. 6 in Dakota State history.

Furlong placed second in the 200 in 21.74. He also ran third on the winning 4×100 relay team and anchored the winning 4×400 relay team.

Furlong’s 4×100 has already hit the NAIA National B Standard.

Brantley, a freshman, delivered his eighth top-three finish in 12 meets in the shot put.

He uncorked a PR throw of 51 feet, .075 inches to hit the B provisional that determines qualifying for the national championships.

Brantley finished eighth out of 16 competitions in the discus with a throw of 126-08. It was his best mark since late March.