MISSOULA — Butte High’s cross country team had an up-and-down day Saturday at the mammoth Mountain West Classic on the University of Montana Golf Course. (Results)
“We had some things not go so well today,” Bulldog coach Guy Wadas said. “Although many were not happy with their performances, there were some positives from the race. Riley Lubick, Alex Kovnesky, Max Dawson, John VandeKop and Kayleen Noctor all had a lifetime best. Trey Whitlock, Daniel Harrington, and Vance Stapley improved to a season’s best.”
Brady Maloughney paced the Bulldogs, finishing the 5-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 40 seconds. That was good for 174th place in a race that featured 71 boys’ teams and more than 400 runners.
Whitlock was next in 18:44, while Ryan Tomich ran in 19:25, which was one second and five places ahead of teammate Adam Williams. Damian Young also broke the 20-minute mark with a time of 19:53.
Also running from the Butte High varsity were Cohwen Houchin (20:39) and Kaden Hennessey (20:51).
Luke Athay of Idaho Falls won the race in 15:42. Evan Bruce of Lewis and Clark took second at 15:18, and Seth Bingham of Thunder Ridge placed third at 16:00.
Idaho Falls won the boys’ team title with 100 points. Missoula Sentinel finished second at 170, and Thunder Ridge placed third at 185. Butte High finished 38th with 1,090.
Running for the junior varsity were Lubick (19:34), Stapley (20:09), Cohen Grunhuvd (20:14), Harrington (22:03), Corwin Hunter (23:02), Dawson (23:21), Derrick Fournier (25:10), Blair Hamry (25:31) and VandeKop (26:28).
“The boys’ JV team placed 19th of 35 schools with 459 runners competing,” Wadas said. “We’re going to use this as motivation to get better and come back even stronger next week at home.”
James Holmes led Butte Central’s four freshman in the race. He finished in 21:19. Also running for the Maroons were Jim Bradshaw (22:27), Patrick Stimatz (26:56) and William McAnulty (27:58).
Bozeman won the girls’ team title with 106 points. Helena High was second at 148, one point better than Lewis and Clark.
Post Falls runner Samantha Wood won the girls’ race in 18:13. Teammate Annastasia Peters was second at 18:24, and Missoula Hellgate’s Kensey May finished third in 18:30. The girls’ varsity race featured 64 teams and more than 300 runners.
Pieper Joseph led the Bulldog varsity with at time of 22:52. McKenzie Case finished in 24:02. Butte High did not have enough varsity runners for a team score.
Octavia Breeton (25:03), Kovnesky (25:04) and Noctor (28:35) ran for the Butte High JV.
Butte High will host its meet next Friday at Stodden Park.