Butte High’s boys’ track and field team continued its strong 2021 campaign Thursday, running past Missoula Big Sky and Butte Central on a picture-perfect day on the Charlie Merrifield Track inside the Gene Fogarty Complex.
The Bulldogs racked up 115.5 points to easily win the meet. Big Sky scored 60.5, while Butte Central’s small team scored five. (Results)
Big Sky’s girls out paced Butte High 102-65. The Maroons scored three points.
Nine Butte High boys won at least one event on the day. Nobody was better than Bulldog junior Dylan Snyder. He won the high jump and long jump. He also placed second in the 100. Snyder jumped a personal best 20 feet, 8 inches to win the long jump. Then he cleared 6-2 to win the high jump.
Senior Zach Merrifield had an interesting and outstanding day. After false starting in the 100, he ran the race with the junior varsity heat. His time off 11.29 seconds was a personal best and also a state qualifying time.
Merrifield also won the 200 meters (this time in the varsity heat), running a personal-best 22.92.
Junior Trey Whitlock, who place second in the 1,600, won the 800 with a personal-best time of 2:17.67.
Senior Ethan Wroblewski, who is running track for the first time this season, ran away with a victory in the 1,600. He clock in with a personal-best time of 4:58.12. He also took second in the 800.
Junior Holt Downey had another big day in the hurdles. He won the 300 hurdles in 42.74. He took third in the 110 hurdles.
In other races, senior Tanner Huff won the 100 with a time of 11.17 seconds, and classmate Colton Case won the 400 with a personal-best time of 52.56.
Seniors Tucker LeProwse and Christian Hansen also picked up wins. LeProwse threw the javelin 152 feet, 7 inches for the win. Hansen, who took the day off the long jump, posted a personal best to win the triple jump in 44-0 ½.
Butte High’s boys also swept the relay titles.
Morgan McClernan ran to second place in the 110- and 300-meter relays, posting personal-best times in each race. Ryan Neil placed second in the long jump and third in the 100.
Brady Maloughney (1,600), Cameron Gurnsey (high jump) and Brennen Blume (pole vault) added second-place finishes for the Bulldogs.
Butte High boys with third-place showings were Ryan Tomich (800), Corwin Hunter (3,200), Jakob Nielsen (300 hurdles), D.J. Jackson (shot put), Kyler Stenson (discus), Casey Kautzman (javelin), Keagan Gransbery (pole vault), Wiley Dallaserra (long jump) and Cameron Tobiness (triple jump).
Cole Worley, Snyder, Hansen and Neil ran the short relay. Case, Huff, Neil and Hansen ran the long relay.
Sophomore Riley Gelling placed second in the discus with a personal-best mark to lead the Maroons. BC senior Bryan Holland, a future Carroll College lineman who ran the 1,600, placed fourth in the shot put. BC’s Egan Lester took fifth in the long jump.
Mollee Conlan, Hailey Nielsen, Madalynn Rhodes, Anna Trudnowski and Taylinn Garrett all posted victories for the Bulldog girls. Conlan and Trudnowski did it with personal bests.
Conlan, a sophomore, ran her best time ever in the 100, posting a state qualifying time of 12.71 seconds on her way to victory.
Trudnowski, a senior and future Montana State Bobcat, won the high jump and triple jump. She cleared a personal-best 5 feet, 6 inches in the victory. She clipped her heals on the bar twice, just missing 5-7.
Trudnowski also jumped 32-10 ¾, also a personal best, to win the triple jump.
Nielsen, a senior, ran to victory in the 1,600 with a time of 5:49.24.
Rhodes, another senior heading to college track, won the javelin with a mark of 113-1, while classmate Garrett jumped 16-1 ¼ to win the long jump. Rhodes also placed third in the pole vault.
Allyson Mueller (javelin), Cora Rauch (Discus), Hanna Kluck (high jump) and Kandel Kovnesky (pole vault) all placed second for Butte High. Teagan Kennis (triple jump), Kieyrah Killoy (javelin) and Kyla Felix (1,600) placed third.
The Bulldogs also won the 1,600 relay. Madison Seaholm, Trudnowski, Nielsen and Olivia Quinn each ran a leg.
Junior Rileigh McGree posted a personal-best time of 46.37 seconds to place second in the 300 hurdles. Maroon senior Amira Bolton took fifth in the javelin and high jump.
Butte High will close the regular season with a dual at Missoula Hellgate next Thursday. The Bulldogs will be home for the Western AA Divisional May 21-22.
Butte Central is back in action Saturday at the Dillon Invitational. 2 comments