BOZEMAN — Despite a steady rain falling at Van Winkle Stadium Friday couldn’t spoil the day for several Butte High athletes.
Halfway through the Eastern AA Divisional tournament, the Bulldogs already have a handful of additional qualifiers for the Class AA State meet. They also have a few personal records.
Butte High’s boys sit in third place after the first day. The Bulldog girls are in fourth. Billings West’s boys and Bozeman’s girls lead the pack. (Results)
Junior Tommy Mellott had a big day to lead the Bulldogs. He took second in the 100 meters and the long jump. He also placed third in the 200. The 100 and 200 were preliminary races.
Mellott posted a personal-record time of 11.25 seconds in the 100. He also ran a leg of the second-place 400-meter relay team along with Josh Neil, Zach Merrifield and Quinn Sullivan.
Mellott was already qualified for state in the 100, 200, long jump and 400. The state meet is next week in Kalispell.
Sullivan, also a junior, placed third in both hurdles. The 110-meter hurdles was a preliminary. He was already qualified in the 300 hurdles.
Sophomore Tanner Huff and senior Jake Vetter also booked a trip to state for the Butte High boys.
Vetter took second in the 800 with a personal-record time of 2 minutes, 0.9 seconds. Huff threw the javelin 156 feet, 8 inches for second place.
On the girls’ side, Butte High sophomore Anna Trudnowski already had qualified for state in the high jump, triple jump and 400 meters. On Friday, she added the 300 hurdles by placing third. She also took second in the high jump.
Bulldog sophomores Madalynn Rhodes and Hailey Nielson qualified for state Friday as well. Freshman Mollee Conlan took fifth in the 100 preliminary race.
Nielson ran to fourth place in the 3,200. Rhodes took fifth in the javelin, and Conlan ran to fifth in the 100. The top six individuals and relay teams move on.
Senior Gabbie Parini placed second in the long jump, an event she reached the qualifying mark during the first meet of the season.
The Butte High girls placed second in the 400 relay, also an event the Bulldogs already qualified in. Parini, Conlan, senior Ally Cleverly and sophomore Braleigh Garrett ran legs.
Butte High senior Gabby Haberman just missed qualifying for state in the pole vault. She did, however, establish a personal record by clearing 9-6. She was actually in a three-way tie for fifth, but lost out on jumps.
Day 2 of the tournament begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.