Broncs sweep John Tomich Invite, locals shine

One of the biggest races at Saturday’s John Tomich came out well for organizers when the meet got in ahead of the weather that was slowly approaching Charlie Merrifield Track from the west.

Hamilton ran away with both the boys’ and girls’ team scores, but host Butte Central’s boys finished in a respectable fourth place thanks to a big showing from Marcus Ferriter in the weights and Kyle Harrington in the sprints.

Ferriter won both the shot and discus, while Harrington was second in the 100, third in the 200 and anchored both Butte Central relay teams.

“We did pretty well today,” noted Butte Central head coach Zack Stajcar. “We had a few more sore spots than we realized. We’re going to need to rest some people up over the next week and start getting ready for divisionals. But overall it was a pretty good day.”

Butte Central’s girls took sixth place with 25 points, as Whitney McGree was third in the 100, fourth in the 200 and fourth in the shot put. Butte High’s girls were fourth overall, as Abby Dodge had another big day in the jumps, including a win in the high jump.

Butte High’s boys rested some of their key varsity athletes, including Dalton Daum and Clay Dean, and finished fifth with 58.5 points.

Ferriter opened with a win in the shot put, spinning his way to a mark of 47-2, an inch and a half better than second place. The talented senior said he feels it’s a matter of time before he increases his distance in the shot ring.

“The shot ring is a little smaller than the disc ring,” Ferriter explained. “I’ve been overstepping a little in the shot ring, but today something just clicked. We get a lot of repetition in practice and it seems like improvement comes a lot faster. One little thing can give you a couple more feet.”

Ferriter did a good job in the bigger ring as well, sailing the discus 149-11, three feet farther than freshman Austin Forson of Deer Lodge. Ferriter got good support in both rings, as Kaemen Richards took fourth in the shot and Kyle Schulte was sixth in the disc. Richards was poised to give Ferriter a run for the win in the shot, but scratched two big throws in the finals.

Harrington posted his season-best 11.22 in the 100, behind Billings Central’s Michael Gulledge’s 11.06. He didn’t have as much steam in the 200, but still held on for third. The Maroons were third in the sprint relay and fourth in the 4×400, all with Harrington picking up the final leg. The other runners on the sprint team include Blake Burton, Tanner Kump and Cole Harper, while the mile team was made up of Brian McGeehan, Cole Harper and Conor McGee.

McGee was third in the mile and McGeehan was sixth, but Belgrade’s Jonathan Eastwood took the cake in the race with a 4:23.32, not only breaking the meet record he set last year, but clocking the fastest time in the state this season.

Another Belgrade athlete set a meet record Saturday as Jacob Grinwis scorched the 300 hurdles in just over 40 seconds. Butte High’s Kiley Caprara was second in the race, Bryce Gallagher third and Quinn Dennehy was sixth. Butte High did well in the 110 hurdles as well, as Josh Cox was second, Dennehy fourth and Caprara sixth. Gallagher also notched a sixth-place finish in the javelin for the Bulldogs.

Butte High’s Shannon Tempel was second in the 800 and fourth in the 400, while Central’s McGeehan was third in the 800. Bulldog Nic Raiser was fifth in the 3,200 and sixth in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet.

Caprara was solid in the jumping pits as well, claiming third in both the long and triple jumps, while Central’s Nate McGree was fourth in the triple and fifth in the long jump. Maroon Cole Harper was fifth in the triple jump while teammate Michael Cooney took fifth in the high jump at 5-10.

Fittingly for a Tomich meet, a number of McGree girls helped carry the day for the Maroons. Whitney McGree clocked 12.98 in the 100 for third and was fourth in the 200. She then took her show to the shot ring, where she tossed 28-8 for fourth place.

Whitney then teamed up with Lacey McGree, Rachel McGree and Olivia Bolton in the sprint relay, followed by a roster of Whitney McGree, Bolton, Lacey McGree and Abby McGee in the mile relay.

There was only one Dodge at the meet, but the Butte High girls were happy to have her. Abby Dodge cleared five feet to win the high jump, then went third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump.

“I’ve been trying to stay relaxed,” Dodge said of the route to success. “I really like the jumps, and then I only run because I have to.”

But she did that well too, taking sixth in the 200. Butte High saw Joby Rosenleaf power to a second-place finish in the mile while Mar Sorini was fourth in the 400 and fifth in the 200. Mijah McLeod took sixth in the 400 and Central’s Abby McGee was fifth in the 800. Also scoring points for the Maroons was Kaylee O’Herron in the high jump.

“I also wanted to thank the volunteers,” Stajcar said. “It’s great to have people come out and help us so the coaches can concentrate on coaching instead of running the events. It was a pretty good day.”

The Maroons are back in action Tuesday at a meet in Dillon.

Team results

Individual results

Joby Rosenleaf of Butte High tries to hold off a Hamilton runner in the 1,600-meter race.
Joby Rosenleaf of Butte High tries to hold off a Hamilton runner in the 1,600-meter race.
BC's Cole Harper runs the third leg of the 400-meter relay.
BC’s Cole Harper runs the third leg of the 400-meter relay.
Butte High's Nolan Boyle in the shot put.
Butte High’s Nolan Boyle in the shot put.
BC's Hunter Hartwick in the long jump.
BC’s Hunter Hartwick in the long jump.
Butte High's Kyle Konda tries to clear the bar in the pole vault.
Butte High’s Kyle Konda tries to clear the bar in the pole vault.
Butte Central's Whitney McGree takes a hand off from Lacey McGree for the final leg of the 400-meter relay.
Butte Central’s Whitney McGree takes a hand off from Lacey McGree for the final leg of the 400-meter relay.