GREAT FALLS — Make that two state champions for the Butte High Bulldogs.
Butte High senior Hailee Regan capped her stellar Bulldog career by winning the shot put Friday at the Montana Class AA State Track and Field Meet at Memorial Stadium. (Results)
She was the second Butte High champion of the day. Ty Peterson started the day off by winning the pole vault, as was previously reported.
Regan, who placed second in the event last year, won with a personal-best mark of 39 feet, 5 inches. That is the same mark as Madi Arneson of Missoula Sentinel. Regan, though, won via the tie breaker because she had the best second-best throw out of the two.
The winning throw beat Regan’s previous best this season by 14 inches.
This marked the fourth straight year that Regan threw the shot put at state. She also placed seventh in the javelin.
She was one of two Butte High girls to reach the podium on the first day of the meet. The other was a Bulldog who is at the beginning of her career.
Freshman Anna Trudnowski tied for fifth place in the high jump. She matched her personal best by clearing 5 feet, 3 inches.
Those two finishes gave the Bulldogs 11 points, which is good for ninth place heading into Saturday. Kalispell Glacier leads the way at 37.
The Butte High girls’ 400-meter relay team of Gabbie Parini, Ally Cleverly and Taylinn and Braleigh Garrett placed 10th. Cleverly also took 10th in the 400 meters.
Taylinn Garrett tied for 11th in the long jump, while Kira Mortensen tied for 11th in the high jump. Also, Parini took 14th in the long jump, and Josey Earls placed 16th in the shot put.
On the boys’ side, Butte High’s Tommy Mellott jumped 21-1 to place sixth in the long jump.
Along with Peterson’s title, the Bulldogs scored 11 points, which puts them in eighth place. Bozeman leads the way with 59.5.
The Bulldogs placed ninth in the 400-meter relay. Josh Neil, Quinn Sullivan, Mellott and Marcus Garcia ran legs for the Bulldogs.
Sullivan placed 12th in preliminaries in the 110-meter hurdles, just missing the finals. Neil, who placed 20th in the long jump, placed 16th in the 100 perlims.
The meet resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.