Bulldog, Maroon runners find success in Missoula

MISSOUA — The coaches from the Butte High and Butte Central cross country teams deemed Saturday a successful day at the Mountain West Classic.

The tournament drew teams from five states across the Northwest to the University of Montana Golf Course. (Results)

“Another great day for Butte High Cross Country,” Butte High coach Guy Wadas said.

Joby Rosenleaf placed 23rd to lead the Butte High girls, finishing the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 38 seconds. Tiahna Vladic of Billings Senior won the race in 17:08.

Butte Central’s Abby McGee placed 103rd in the meet. She finished in 20:24. BC boy Brian McGeehan placed 162nd in 17:25.

McGee and McGeehan were the only two BC runners to compete.

“They both competed very well in Class A both in our division and State A,” BC coach Bob Johnson said.

Sean Staples led the BC boys, placing 137th in 17:12.

Teammate Kyle Konda (17:27) and Austin Gerry (17:58) both broke the 18 minute mark. Erik Casagranda (18:05.81) and Jake Vetter (18:05.93) just missed it.

Also for the Bulldogs, Brok Martin finished in 19:31, and Sean Foley cracked 20 minutes in 19:57. As a team, the Bulldogs placed 34th. Bozeman took the title.

“We had some breakout performances today,” Wadas said. “I asked for that kind of effort and that’s what I got.”

Danika Murphy finished in 21:55 for the Bulldog girls. Also finishing for Butte High were Rosie Real (22:26), Cati Carmody (22:27), Taylor Huff (24:02) and Cynthia Trudgeon (24:43).

“Joby had another great day as she broke into the 18:30s, and freshman Danika Murphy crushed her (personal best) by running 21:55.”

The Bulldogs will host a meet next Saturday at Stodden Park.

“It was another outstanding day for the JV girls and boys as they continue to shine, making our team work harder and harder each day,” Wadas said. “Kasey Krzan rebounded from last week with an incredible effort.  Too many great efforts to mention.”