HELENA — Aubree Corcoran completed a stellar freshman season by running to 20th place at the MHSA Cross Country Meet Saturday. (Complete results)
Corcoran completed the 5-kilometer course on a windy Bill Roberts Golf Course in 19 minutes, 48 seconds to post the highest finish by any Butte High or Butte Central runners.
Bozeman star Camila Noe won the race in 17:28. Billings Senior’s Tiahna Vladic took second at 18:05.
With her 20th place showing, Corcoran missed All-State honors by just five places.
Bulldog classmate Hailey Tonneson ran to 31st place in 20:19 as the Bulldogs place 11th as a team with 309 points. Bozeman won the team title with 36 points. Missoula Hellgate was second at 64.
“Aubree and Hailey really stepped up and got us in the race,” Butte High coach Guy Wadas said. “The rest of the young ladies did what we needed them to do. We only lose Rosie Real from the top seven. Great things are ahead if we stay healthy and get the kids doing things the right way in the off season.”
Sophomore Danika Muprhy finished in 23:43.52, less than a second ahead of Butte High freshman teammate Anna Trudnowski, who crossed in 23:43.97.
Juniors Gabbby Haberman and Helena Schoonen followed in 23:44 and 24:10, while Real, the lone Bulldog senior on the girls’ side, crossed in 24:15.
Butte Central also has a strong freshman as well. Savannah Parks, BC’s lone girl runner, crossed in 23:29.
Beatrix Frossell of Polson won the girls’ Class A race in 19:15. Hardin ran to the team title, outpacing Corvallis 68-101.
In the Class AA boys’ race, Bozeman cruised to the team title for the 10th straight season, easily topping second-place Kalispell Glacier 41-123.
Cooper West of CMR won the race in 15:31, edging Duncan Hamilton Jr. of Bozeman by 16 seconds.
Butte High placed 13th at 313.
Junior Jake Vetter paced the Bulldogs in 17:39. Seniors Austin Gerry (17:56) and Erik Casagranda (18:01) weren’t far behind.
Also running for the Bulldogs were junior Billy Cunneen (18:18), junior Zach Carlson (18:20), sophomore Brok Martin (19:37) and sophomore Sean Foley (20:08).
“Today the boys hung tough in some very windy conditions,” Wadas said. “Zach Carlson had a tremendous race as he was 20 seconds faster than he raced in the 7 on 7 race. The boys were excited about racing today and they battled all race.”
Corvallis won the Class A boys’ title, and Levi Taylor of Lewistown won the individual title in 16:29.
Butte Central senior Brian McGeehan closed out his outstanding prep running career with a time of 18:09.
Also running for Butte Central were senior Nathan Ortega (19L28) and Jayden Mitchell (20:47).