Bozeman girls, Gallatin boys take capture team victories
Eight Butte athletes — four from Butte High and four from Butte Central —posted victories Thursday as the Bulldogs hosted a six-team track meet on the Charlie Merrifield Track inside the Gene Fogarty Complex. (Team scores; Individual results)
Bozeman’s girls and Gallatin’s boys left with team titles on the cloudy, cool day.
The Hawks scored 142 points to top girls’ standings. Gallatin took second at 114, while Butte High finished third with 47. Butte Central scored 29, Sheridan followed with seven, and Lima scored one.
On the boys’ side, Gallatin outpaced Butte High with 128 points. The Bulldogs took second at 103. Bozeman finished third at 82, Butte Central scored 29, and Lima scored one.
The event of the day turned out to be the boys’ high jump, where Bulldog Jonas Sherman tied with Maroon Kyle Holter for the title. Both athletes cleared 6 feet, 2 inches before failing to jump 6-4.
Holter also placed second in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 7 inches, while Sherman placed third in the triple jump.
Bulldog Cameron Tobiness cleared 6 feet for the first time. It was part of a big day for the Butte High junior.
Tobiness jumped 42-1 to win the triple jump with a mark that was a personal record. He also cleared 12 feet to place third in the pole vault.
Butte’s Jaric Sparks cleared 13 feet to win the pole vault, besting teammate Gavin Vetter by six inches.
Morgan McClernan placed second in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles races. Bulldog Teammate Holt Downey took second in the 100 and third in the 110 hurdles.
Bulldog Keegan Muffich finished second in the shot put, and Butte’s Blair Hamry finished second in the 3,200.
Butte Central’s Riley Gelling threw the discus more than 140 feet for the first time, taking home the title with a mark of 141-3.
On the girls’ side, Butte Central’s Rileigh McGree and Ella Moodry posted wins.
McGree won the 300 hurdles and took second in the long jump. Moodry won the javelin with a mark of 123-3. She also placed fourth in the 100.
Mollee Conlan paced Butte High’s girls by winning the 100 and taking fourth in the 200. Teammate Darby Harrington placed second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles, and Teegan Kennis placed third in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump.
Bulldog Hailey Pack finished third in the shot put.
Butte High’s Ethan Oliver won the unified 100-meter race.
The meet was the final tune up for Butte High before next week’s Western AA Divisional in Missoula.
Butte Central will travel to Livingston on Saturday. That meet was moved back a day because of Friday’s poor weather forecast.