Conlan runs to 100 victory at Western AA Divisional

MISSOULA — It would appear Mollee Conlan is peaking at the right time.

The Butte High senior ran to victory in the 100-meter dash Saturday at the Western AA Divisional meet at Missoula County Stadium. (Results)

Despite a strong headwind, Conlan finished the race with a personal-best time of 12.64 seconds. Hannah Moses of Missoula Hellgate placed second in 12.84, while Brooklyn Ludemann of Missoula Big Sky and Noah Fincher of Kalispell Glacier each finished in 12.95.

Moses ran a 12.84 in Friday’s preliminary race, too. Conlan, a future Montana Tech Oredigger, ran a 12.95.

Butte High’s girls’ 1,600-meter relay team also qualified for the Class AA State meet, which is next week in Butte. Gabriel McPeek, Madison, Seaholm, Pieper Joseph and McKenzie Case each ran a leg for the team that placed seventh.

The Bulldogs’ time of 4:22.78 beat the provisional time of 4:25.

On the boys’ side, Bulldog Holt Downey ran to third place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.71. He finished just ahead of teammate Morgan McClernan, who crossed in 15.75.

Drew Kumph of Missoula Sentinel won with a time of 15.01. Caleb Bernhardt of Glacier was second at 15.06.

Downey and McClernan, a pair of future Orediggers, qualified state in the 300-meter hurdles on Friday. The duo also ran a leg of Butte High’s sixth-place team in the 1,600-meter relay. Isaac Kohler and Cole Stewart also ran a leg as Butte High finished in 3:35.53. That qualifies them for State.

Bulldog junior Cameron Tobiness continued his strong meet with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump. He jumped 40 feet, 8 inches. He qualified for State in that event with a leap of 42-1 May 12 in Butte.

Helena High won the girls’ team title with 154 points. Missoula Sentinel took second at 91, followed by Hellgate at 81. Butte High scored 10 points.

Sentinel’s 125 points won the boys’ title. Glacier was second at 122.5, and Capital placed third at 84. Butte High scored 34.5 points.