MISSOULA — The Butte Central and Butte High cross country teams saw some serious competition Saturday at the Mountain West Classic.
Butte High’s boys laced 41st in the 62-team field. BC took 44th. The Butte High girls came in 21st.
Butte Central sophomore Connor McGee was the fastest runner from the Mining City. He finished the 3-mile race in 17 minutes, 1 second.
Andrew Gardner of Mead, Wash., won with a blazing time of 14:25.
Also for Butte Central, freshman Shannon Temple ran in 17:28, sophomore Clay Stillwagon finished in 19:46, freshman Connor Larson completed the course in 20:41, junior Jarett Larson ran in 21:34 and freshman Patrick O’Herron finished in 28:40.
O’Herron recently joined the team and ran his first race.
“The boys all ran personal bests,” BC coach Bob Johnson said. “I’m very proud of their improvement.”
Freshman Nic Raiser led Butte High in 17:08.
Also running for the Bulldogs were seniors Kody Lane (18:27) and Hunter Biegler (18:30), junior Forrest Kultgen (18:43) and sophomores Kolby Tretheway (19:14) and Kobi Craddock (19:37).
Bigfork’s Makena Morley won the girls’ race in 17:07.
Running for Butte High were Mariah Richardson (20:24), Kendall Alley (20:26), Haley Hodge (20:35), Bailee Hanson (20:39), Erika McLeod (21:21), Andie Hogan (21:31) and Jordan Duffy (22:22).
Click here to see complete tournament results.