Butte Central set to host John Tomich Invitational

Butte Central set to host John Tomich Invitational

One of the top track meets of the season is set for Saturday when Butte Central hosts the annual John Tomich Invitational at the Charlie Merrifield track inside the Gene Fogarty Complex.

Action is set to begin at 10 a.m., and Butte High, Anaconda, Belgrade, Dillon, Drummond, Frenchtown, Great Falls Central, Laurel, Livingston and Deer Lodge are all invited to compete with the Maroons. (Schedule; Meet records)

The meet includes varsity and junior varsity competition.

Lindsay and Rileigh McGree, the granddaughters of the meet’s namesake, are top competitors for the Maroons.

Lindsay McGree, a senior, won the long jump in the meet the last three years. Riley McGree is off to a strong start to her freshman season. She placed third in the long jump and sixth in the 200 meters Tuesday at the Russ Pilcher Western Montana Top 10 meet in Missoula.

Cutter Thatcher, in the 200, 400 and long jump, Ryan Wahl (discus) and Aaron Richards (shot put) lead the BC boys.

Anna Trudnowki leads Butte High’s girls team into the meet. She cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump at the Top 10 meet on Tuesday.

Trudnowski also ran a leg of Butte High’s second-place 1,600-meter relay team. Christiana Beierle, Ally Cleverly and Hailey Nielson also ran a leg for the team that reached a state qualifying mark with 4 minutes, 10.17 seconds.

Cleverly, Gabbie Parini, Mollee Conlan and Braleigh Garrett placed sixth in the 400-meter relay for Butte High. Parini is also a top competitor in the high jump, while Nielson is a threat in the distance races.

Tommy Mellott, who won the long jump at last week’s Dahlberg Invitational, leads the Butte High boys after placing second in the 200 on Tuesday.

Mellott, Tucker Winston, Quinn Sullivan and Jake Vetter placed second in the 1,600-meter relay with a state-qualifying time on Tuesday. Winston, Sullivan, Mellott and Josh Neil made up the 400-relay team that placed third, just missing the qualifying standard.

Sullivan is also an athlete to watch in the hurdles.

Butte High will also send a contingent of athletes to a freshman meet in Missoula.

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