Bulldog boys, girls place fourth at Eastern AA

Bulldog boys, girls place fourth at Eastern AA

BOZEMAN — The Butte High boys’ and girls’ track teams finished in fourth place at the Eastern AA Divisional meet, which wrapped up Saturday at Van Winkle Stadium.

Billings West’s boys and Bozeman’s girls won team titles. (Results)

The Golden Bears scored 154 points to win the boys’ crown. Bozeman placed second at 135.66, followed by Billings Senior at 66 and Butte High at 61.

Bozeman’s girls ran away with the title with 252 points. West took second at 105.5, and senior placed third at 65.5.

The Bulldogs again posted some personal records while adding to their qualifying list.

Tommy Mellott placed in three events. He took fourth in the 400, fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200. He took second and third in the 100 and 200 preliminary races on Friday.

Fellow junior Quinn Sullivan, who took third in the 110 hurdles prelims, took fourth in the 110 finals on Saturday. He will run both hurdles races at state

Senior Jake Vetter, who posted a personal best while qualifying in the 800 Friday, placed third in the 400 with a personal-record time of 51.64 seconds.

Vetter, Sullivan, junior Tucker Winston and senior Josh Neil also ran the a leg in Butte High’s third-place 1,600-meter relay.

On the girls’ side, sophomore Anna Trudnowski took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. That came after a seventh-place finish in the short hurdles prelims.

Freshman Mollee Conlan placed fifth in the 100 meters. That’s the same place she finished in the preliminary race. Senior Ally Cleverly, who took seventh in the 400, took sixth in the 100.

The top six places qualify for the Class AA State tournament, which is next Friday and Saturday in Kalispell. Cleverly reached a qualifying mark in the 400 during the season.

Cleverly, sophomores Allyson Mueller and Hailey Nielson and senior Gabbie Parini ran to third place in the 1,600-meter relay. That means the Bulldog girls, like the boys, will have both relay teams at state.

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