Butte’s Nielson captures title at Montana Cup

Butte’s Nielson captures title at Montana Cup
Butte High's Hailey Nielson runs during the Sept. 20 Butte Invitational at the Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Course. (Butte Sports file photo)

GREAT FALLS — Butte High sophomore Hailey Nielson ran to the junior girls’ title Saturday at the Montana Cup.

Nielson finished the 4.2-mile race at the Anaconda Hills Golf Course in 31 minutes, 0.22 seconds to win the 19-and-under division. That is a pace of 7 minutes, 28 seconds per mile. (Results)

The victory came a week after Nielson placed 33rd in the Class AA State meet in Missoula. She placed 12th overall. Helena’s Kylee Wetzel placed second at 31:26.

Billings runner Mary Owen won the race with a time of 27:35. Whitehall’s Nicole Murray, who was running for Butte in the team competition, finished second in 28:31. Murray took home the female 40-and-over title.

Don Foley was the only other Butte runner to compete. He placed 35th overall in 28:17. Nicolas Composto run the race in 22:47.

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