Bulldog boys third after first day at State AA

Bulldog boys third after first day at State AA

Huff posts PRs in 100, 200, and Butte High wins 400 relay

MISSOULA — Tanner Huff put on quite a show during the fist day of the Class AA State track and field meet Friday at Missoula County Stadium. (Results)

The Butte High senior ran two of the fastest races in school history in winning the preliminaries of the 100- and 200- meter races. He was also part of a state champion relay team.

Along with fellow seniors Christian Vetter, Rylan Richards and Zach Merrifield, Huff was part of a 400-meter relay title. The Bulldogs ran the race in 42.65. Billings West was second in 43.89, and Missoula Sentinel placed third in 43.94.

Butte High’s state championship 400-meter relay team takes the top spot on the podium for the awards ceremony. The Bulldogs are, clockwise form top left, Tanner Huff, Christian Vetter, Zach Merrifield and Rylan Richards. (Courtesy photo)

Missoula Sentinel scored 69 points on Day 1 to take the lead into Saturday. Missoula Hellgate is second at 30, just one point ahead of Butte High. Missoula Big Sky is fourth at 21.

Huff won the 100 preliminaries with a blistering time of 10.90 seconds. That is a person record that ties him with Fred Krepps (1996) for No. 5 in Butte High history. His personal-best time of 22.24 to win the 200 prelim ranks No. 7 on the school’s all-time list.

The future Montana Western football player will look to turn those into state title in the finals on Saturday. He’ll also compete in the javelin and run the 1,600-meter relay.

“He’s a competitor,” Butte High coach Arie Grey said of Huff. “He flat-out competes.”

Butte High picked up its second third-place medal of the meet when senior Christian Hansen took the bronze in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 10 ½ inches.

Senior Brennen Blume took third in the pole vault on Thursday, an event in which teammate Gavin Vetter placed eighth.

Sophomore Cameron Gurnsey and junior Dylan Snyder each cleared 6 feet to tie for second best in the high jump. On jumps, Gurnsey took fourth and Snyder placed sixth.

The top six individuals in each event are recognized as All-State. Snyder also placed fifth in the long jump.

Also for the Butte High boys, Ryan Neil jumped to seventh in the long jump, Holt Downey ran to eighth in the 110-meter hurdles, and Colton Case placed ninth in the 400.

On the girls’ side, Anna Trudnowski registered two top-three performances to lead the Bulldogs.

The senior and future Montana State Bobcat matched a personal best and cleared 5-6 to place second in the high jump. Hannah Schonhoff of Bozeman won the event at 5-7.

Trudnowski ran a personal-best 58.45 to place third in the 400 meters. She took seventh in the 100 hurdles prelims with a career-best time of 15.52.

Senior Hailey Nielsen had an All-State performance, too. The future Montana Tech Oredigger placed sixth in the 800 meters with a personal best time of 2:21.65. She also placed 14th in the 3,200.

Also for Butte High, Allyson Mueller took eighth in the javelin, an event in which teammate Madalynn Rhodes placed 12th.

Butte High took 10th in the 400-meter relay. Rylinn Mullaney, Madison Seahlom, Taylinn Garrett and Mollee Conlan each ran a leg.

Conlan, who won the Western AA title in the 100, placed 11th and just missed qualifying for the finals in the event. That put a damper on an outstanding season for the junior, who will surely be back to compete for a state title in 2022.

“She had a nice year for us,” Grey said.

With 15 points, Butte High’s girls sit in eighth place in team standings. Helena High leads the way with 47. Missoula Hellgate and Missoula Sentinel follow at 42 and 41.

Day 2 action begins with the field events at 9 a.m. the first running events begin at 10:30.

Huff will run the 100 finals at around 1:15 p.m. The 200 is 55 minutes later.

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