Bulldog runners struggle but battle on sloppy course

Bulldog runners struggle but battle on sloppy course

GREAT FALLS — Butte High cross country coach Guy Wadas called it a “tough racing day.”

The Bulldogs didn’t post their best times Friday on the wet, hilly and very slick course at the Anaconda Hills Golf Course. Wadas, though, said his runners showed toughness at the Great Falls Invitational.

“The emphasis was on effort today and I did like what I saw from everyone,” the coach said.

Junior Jake Vetter and seniors Austin Gerry and Erik Casagranda led the Butte High boys. Vetter finished the 5-kilomete race in 18 minutes, 51 seconds. (Complete results)

Gerry crossed in 18:59, while Casagranda finished in 19:01.

Bozeman runner Duncan Hamilton Jr. won with a time of 16:41. Missoula Hellgate’s Isaac Schmidt was second at 16:56, followed by Bozeman’s Leonard McComas at 17:02.

The Hawks won the team title, scoring just 24 points. Hellgate ran to second at 78, and Great Falls Russell placed third at 133. Butte High finished 11th out of 11, scoring 245 points.

Juniors Zach Carlson (19:50) and Billy Cunneen (19:54) broke 20 minutes for the Bulldogs. Sophomores Brok Martin (20:22) and Sean Foley (20:45) also ran for the Bulldogs on the sloppy day.

Freshmen Aubree Corcoran once again led the Butte High girls, finishing in 21:22.

Bozeman’s Camila Noe won the girls’ race, crossing in 18:43 to lead the Hawks to the team title with 27 points.

Tiahna Vladic of Billings Senior placed second at 18:54.

Hellgate took second in team standings at 49. Billings Senior placed third at 76. The Bulldogs scored 284 points for 11th place.

Freshman Anna Trudnowski (24:05), sophomore Danika Murphy (24:34) and junior Helena Schoonen (24:48) broke 25 minutes for Butte High.

Junior Gabby Haberman (25:40) and seniors Rosie Real (25:59) and Cynthia Trudgeon (26:05) also ran for the Bulldogs.

“Aubree Corcoran, Anna Trudnowski, Danika Murphy and Taylor Huff really stood out on the girls’ side,” Wadas said. “On the boys’ side, the varsity seven ran tough, but most looked uncomfortable.  Sam Byrnes and Garrett Miller had very solid races in the JV race.”

The Bulldogs will host the Butte Invitational at the Highland View Golf Course at Stodden Park.

“We’re looking forward to racing at home next weekend,” Wadas said. “The kids traditionally run well at home and Stodden is known for fast times.”

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