Bulldog boys tie with Bruins at Vigilante Stadium

HELENA — Butte High’s boys’ track team did not extend its duals winning streak to three Friday at Vigilante Stadium.

The Bulldogs did not lose, either.

Butte High and Helena Capital battled to a tie, with each team scoring 72.5 points. Capital won the girls’ dual 109-35. (Results)

However, a scoring mistake in at least one event just might have cost Butte High a win.

The Bulldog boys posted nine victories on the day. Senior Christian Vetter led the way, winning the 100- and 200-meter races. Vetter posted a state qualifying time of 11.19 seconds in the 100. He put up a personal-record of 23.05 seconds in the 200.

Christian Hansen won the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 8 ½ inches. He also placed third in the 200.

Colton Case won the 400 for Butte High, finishing in 54.04 seconds.

Ethan Womblewski won the 1,600 in 5:02.94, Tucker LeProwse took home the javelin title with a mark of 155 feet, 9 inches, and Ryan Neil jumped 19-5 ½ to win the long jump.

Cameron Gurnsey cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to win the high jump. He then he moved directly to 6-4, where he just missed on his final attempt. (Note: the results have Gurnsey finishing third. He was the only jumper to clear 5-10).

Butte High also won the 400-meter relay with a time of 43.83 seconds. Tanner Huff, Vetter, Neil and Zach Merrifield each ran a leg in that victory.

Huff placed second in the 200 and the javelin, while Cameron Tobiness placed second in the triple jump and third in the high jump for the Bulldogs.

Other Bulldogs with second-place showings were Merrifield (100), Morgan McClernan (100 hurdles), Holt Downey (300 hurdles), D.J. Jackson (shot put), Brennen Blume (pole vault) and Aidan Pezdark (long jump).

Blume and Keagan Gransbery tied in the pole vault, with each Bulldog clearing 12 feet, 6 inches. Blume took second on jumps. Gransbery settled for third.

Bulldogs with third-place showings were Brady Maloughney (3,200), Casey Kautzman (javelin) and Alex Watson (triple jump).

On the girls’ side, Butte High’s Mollee Conlan, Hailey Nielson and Taylinn Garrett posted victories.

Conlan ran to victory in the 100 with a time of 13.24 seconds, while Nielson picked up a win in the 3,200 in 12:07.54. Garrett jumped 16-3 ½ to win the long jump.

Anna Trudnowski, who did not compete in the high jump, placed second in the 200 and the 100-meter hurdles.

Madison Seaholm (400), McKenzie Case (800) and Allyson Mueller (javelin) placed second for Butte High. Rylinn Mullaney (100), Kayleen Noctor (800), Madalynn Rhodes (javelin), Kennadie McMahon (high jump) and Teagan Kennis (long jump) all took home thirds.

Butte High will send some athletes to the Top 10 meet in Missoula on Tuesday. Butte High’s next dual is May 1 at Kalispell Flathead.



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