Corcoran, Nielson lead Bulldog runners at Sentinel

Corcoran, Nielson lead Bulldog runners at Sentinel

MISSOULA — Butte High sophomore runners Aubree Corcoran and Hailey Nielson ran to top-10 finishes Thursday at the Sentinel Invitational at  Fort Missoula Regional Park. (Girls’ results; boys’ results)

Corcoran placed fifth, completing the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 15.50 seconds. Nielson placed a close sixth in 20:18.2.

Tori Noland-Gillespie of Kalispell Flathead won the race in 19:46.66. Brooke Stayner of Sentinel took second in 19:51.70.

As a team, the Bulldogs placed fourth with 81 points. Flathead won with 30, followed by host Missoula Sentinel at 50 and Kalispell Glacier at 72.

Also running for the Butte High girls were freshman Piper Joseph (22:09), sophomores Ida Real (22:42) and Kayla Felix (23:21), senior Helena Schoonen (23:47) and sophomore Anna Trudowski (23:59).

Butte High also placed fourth on the boys’ side with 114 points. Sentinel won with 33. Glacier and Flathead followed at 40 and 63.

Ben Perrin of Flathead won the boys’ race in 15:20.07. Aren Alexander-Battee of Glacier placed second at 16:12.50.

Senior Billy Cunneen led Butte High, placing 14th in 17:39. Classmate Zach Carlson finished in 18:16.

Also running for Butte high were senior Andrew VandenBos (19:50), freshmen Trey Whitlock (19:09) and John Connole (19:30), junior Sean Foley (19:32) and senior Xavier Black (19:58).

“The boys and girls ran really well,” Butte High coach Guy Wadas said. “There were several personal and season bests. The most impressive aspect of the race was how well the kids battled and actually raced the competition. It was nice watching the young guys and girls run tough after a hard opening mile. I think today will give them a lot of confidence.”

The Bulldogs will host the Butte Invitational next Thursday at Fairmont Hot Springs.

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