Butte athletes qualify for Junior Olympic Nationals

Butte athletes qualify for Junior Olympic Nationals

BOZEMAN — A large contingent of Butte athletes put on a strong showing at the USATF Region 11 track and field meet, which was held Thursday through Saturday at the Montana State University track. Results

The top five place winners in each event qualified for the USATF Junior Olympics, which are July 25-31 in Sacramento.

Rachael McGree, who capped her junior season at Butte Central with three titles at the Class A State meet last month in Bozeman, led the way for the Butte athletes.

McGree won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.64 seconds and jumped to victory in the triple jump with a mark of 34 feet, 2 ¼ inches. Her hurdles time broke the meet record by seven hundreds of a second.

McGree, who placed second in the long jump, was also part of a 400-meter relay team that placed first and set a meet record. She teamed with Abby Dodge, Whitney McGree and Mar Sorini to win the 400 relay in 51.08 seconds.

Dodge, who will be a senior at Butte High, placed second to Rachael McGree in the triple jump with a mark of 34-1 ½. She also placed fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 100 hurdles.

Gunnar O’Brien and Anna Trudnowski also posted victories while representing the Mining City.

O’Brien, competing in the boys’ 8-and-under division, won the shot put in 14-4 ½. He also placed third in the long jump.

Trudnowski, competing in the girls’ 13-14 division, won the high jump, clearing 4-9 ½. She also placed sixth in the long jump and 400.

Hannah Morin-Ferguson, who competed in the girls’ 13-14 division had a big meet. She placed second in the pentathlon. She won the pentathlon shot put in 28-6 ½. She also took second in the high jump, fourth in the long jump and 100 hurdles and third in the 800.

Morin-Ferguson also placed in three other events. She took second in the javelin, fifth in the high jump and eighth in the 100 hurdles.

Other Butte athletes who posted top-10 performances were Reena Davidson (fourth 200, fifth long jump, seventh 100) in the girls’ 8 and under; Chase Choquette (fourth 400, fifth 100) in the boys’ 8 and under; Bryli Pressler (fourth shot put, sixth 100) in the girls’ 9-10; Autumn Silk (eighth 100) in the girls’ 11-12; Taylinn Garrett (fifth 100, fifth long jump, seventh 200) in the girls’ 13-14; Rileigh McGree (fourth 200 hurdles, 10th long jump) in the girls’ 13-14; Lauren Miranda (fourth shot put) in the girls’ 13-14; John Connole (fourth 100 hurdles) in the boys’ 13-14; Lindsay McGree (fourth long jump) in the girls 15-16; Jake Vetter (fifth 800, sixth 400) in the boys’ 15-16; Whitney McGree (sixth 100) in the girls’ 17-18; Hailee Regan (second javelin, fourth shot put) in the girls’ 17-18; Blake Burton (fourth 100, fourth javelin) in the boys’ 17-18; and Ryan Ashby (fourth long jump, fourth triple jump) in the boys’ 17-18. 1 comment

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  • Bumps
    June 29, 2016, 2:05 pm

    Congrats to all national qualifiers, including Jake Vetter in the 800.


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