Bulldog, Maroon runners impress at Butte Invite

Bulldog, Maroon runners impress at Butte Invite
Butte High freshman Aubree Corcoran hits the home stretch during the Butte High Invitational Saturday at the Highland View Golf Course. (Bill Foley photos)

Butte High and Butte Central cross country runners marked the halfway point of the season Saturday by posting solid times at the Butte Invitational at the Highland View Golf Course.

The meet drew thousands of fans and runners to Stodden Park.

Bulldog freshman Aubree Corcoran turned some heads by placing sixth in the girls’ varsity race. She finished the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 23 seconds.

“Aubree once again battled and got herself into a really nice position for this team,” Bulldog coach Guy Wadas said.

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Tiahna Vladic of Billings senior ran away with the individual title, crossing in 17:36. Senior teammate Jaylyn Hallgrimson was a distant second at 18:48.

Senior won the team title with 42 points. That was 40 points better than second-place Helena Capital.

Butte High placed 15th out of 15 at 349.

Senior also won the boys’ team title at 121, beating Helena High by 12 points. Butte High took 10th out of 21 teams at 239.

Wadas said the race was a nice bounce back for the Bulldogs, who struggled in on a wet, slippery course in Great Falls last week.

“The races today were solid,” the coach said. “We rebounded nicely to beat a few teams that got us at Great Falls last week.”

Great Falls Russell’s Cooper West won the boys’ race in 15:37. Jake Vetter was the top Bulldog runner, placing 30th in 17:15.

Austin Gerry finished in 17:24, while Bulldog teammate Billy Cunneen crossed in 17:30.

“On the boys side we had an incredible team effort,” Wadas said. “There was a lot of fight in them today.  Billy Cunneen, Brok Martin, and (JV runner) Clint Connors, Zach Carlson, Jake Vetter and Austin Gerry had the race of their lives.”

Erik Casagranda finished in 18:02 for the Bulldogs. Carlson finished in 18:05, Martin crossed in 18:57, Garrett Miller finished in 19:33 and Connors crossed in 19:57.

Brian McGeehan led the Maroons with an impressive mark of 17:58. Nathan Ortega crossed in 20:43 for BC, while Jayden Mitchell finished in 21:22.

Wadas said he liked what he saw from Butte High’s very young girls’ team.

Anna Trudnowski ran in 23:08 for Butte High, three seconds ahead of teammate Rosie Real. Also running for the Butte High girls were Gabby Haberman (23:18), Danika Murphy (23:41), Taylor Huff (25:14) and Helena Schoonen. Schoonen’s time was not in the results because of an error.

Bulldog freshman Hailey Tonneson won the JV race in 20:29.

“The coaches really liked what we saw out of our pretty young girls’ team, too,” Wadas said. “Hailey Tonneson responded really well and she deserves a great deal of credit for her wire-to-wire win in the JV race. This should be a huge confidence builder for her, knowledge that she can run a great self-paced race.  Helena Schoonen, Rosie Real, and Anna Trudnowski really stepped up for us big time.”

BC freshman Savannah Parks put up another impressive mark, crossing the line in 22:39.

The meet also included a middle school race and a grade school race that included runners under the age of 4.

Hillcrest took the team title with 80 points. Whittier was second at 89, followed by Emerson at 235, Ramsay at 279 and Kennedy at 354.

Whittier won the spirit award with 52 finishers.

Wadas pointed out that the meet had tremendous support from the fans, parents and community. He also pointed to the Butte Athletic Council and the Merrifield and Dennehy families as well as East Middle School for their help.

“The event could not have been pulled off without a team effort,” Wadas said.

Next week, the Bulldogs and Maroons will run at the Mountain West Invitational in Missoula.

Varsity, JV, Middle School results

Grade School age group results

Grade School overall results

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