Michael Buster of Laurel was recently named the Junior Olympics Male Youth Athlete of the Year for the state of Montana. The Junior Olympics chose Michael “based on (his) fine performance against other athletes across the state in (his) division during the Junior Olympic outdoor track and field season.” Buster ran with the Laurel Running Thunder this past summer, competing in several meets including the Junior Olympics in Butte, AAU in Hardin, and the Big Sky State Games in Billings. He excelled in shot put, 200m, 100m, and 400m. He is the son of Bill and Marcy Buster. He will be honored at the Junior Olympics annual meeting in Butte Sept. 25.