Two of the top track meets of the season are set to be run Friday in Butte and Great Falls.
All 14 Class AA boys’ teams are set to compete in the annual Harry “Swede” Dahlberg Invitational on the Charlie Merrifield Track at the Gene Fogarty Complex. Butte High’s girls will be part of the Optimist Invitational as it makes its return to the Electric City.
Last year’s Optimist was held in conjunction with the Dahlberg in the Mining City because the turf project at Memorial Stadium was not finished.
The meets will mark just the third time the Bulldogs will compete this season. So, Bulldog coach Arie Grey said his athletes will not compete in as many events as they would have had they not had so many cancellations leading up to the prestigious meets.
Butte High’s athletes will also not enter either competition with very high seeds because of the lack of meets. Plus, the first two meets were not optimal for posting running times. Butte’s first meet in Missoula was hand timed, and last Saturday’s competition in Great Falls saw the sprinters running into a strong headwind.
Juniors Tommy Mellott and Quinn Sullivan are the only Bulldogs seeded in the top 10 at the Dahlberg. Mellott is seeded No. 5 in the 200 meters with a seed time of 23.44 seconds. Mellott, who will also run the relays, has yet to mark in the high jump, which is one of his best events.
Sullivan enters at No. 9 in the 110 hurdles with a time of 16.14. He is also seeded 20th in 300 hurdles at 44.84.
Senior Jake Vetter is seeded No. 12 in the 800 at 2:06.52, while classmate Josh Neill is No. 15 in the 100 at 11.74. Also, sophomore Aidan Pezdark is seeded 16th in the triple jump at 38 feet, 11 ½ inches.
Butte High’s boys are seeded seventh in both relays.
Seeds for the Optimist are not currently posted on athletic.net. Click here to see the Dahlberg seeds.
Admission to the Dahlberg is $5 for adults and $3 for students.