Carroll’s Lee Walburn chasing lofty aspirations as reigning decathlon national champion

HELENA — Lee Walburn has goals and aspirations he didn’t have four years ago. That’s because, as a senior in high school being recruited by Carroll track and field, his sights weren’t necessarily set on winning national championships and racking up All-America honors as a collegiate multi competing in the heptathlon and decathlon.

Walburn’s knack was hurdling in high school, and at first, he believed that would continue to be his focus at Carroll. Saints head coach Harry Clark, a former decathlete himself, saw something in Walburn, now a junior at Carroll, after being turned on to him by Willie Roche, Whitefish High School track coach and former Carroll student-athlete.