A window of weather opened wide enough on Saturday that the Annual Harry “Swede” Dahlberg track meet made the books.
Missoula Big Sky won the mile relay, the 110 high hurdles, triple jump and high jump in amassing 100 points to win the team battle. Bozeman was second at 76 and Helena took third with 64.
Only 10 teams competed, as threats of inclement weather left to teams from Billings and Great Falls opting to stay home. The remaining nine Class AA boys’ teams and Class A Butte Central’s boys’ team braved the weather, which wasn’t bad at all.
“It was a beautiful day,” Butte High head track coach Arie Grey said. “But this is Montana. An hour from now it’ll probably be different.”
Neither the Bulldogs nor the Maroons fared well in the team standings, but both local teams had some excellent individual performances.
Butte High’s Dalton Daum blazed to victories in the 100 and 200, and led the Bulldog sprint relay team to a third-place finish.
Butte Central’s Cole Harper scored a second-place finish in the long jump, while Kyle Harrington took fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the 200.
“It’s nice to compete against the better of the better,” Butte Central head coach Zack Stajcar said. “We seem to get their best.”
Stajcar lauded Harper’s performance in the long jump pit, noting the 20-6 ¾ leap was a half foot better than his previous personal best mark.
“Being able to place in a meet like this while only a sophomore is pretty exceptional,” Stajcar said. “Cole made the finals, but three of our four jumpers had personal bests today.”
Harrington also drew praise from his coach.
“Kyle ran the 100 and 200 prelims and finals, the 400 relay and the high jump,” Stajcar noted. “That’s more than his body is used to doing in a day, but we’re getting an idea of where we need to be.”
Daum was also busy Saturday, as he posted top times in the 100 and 200 prelims and finals, all while running the sprint and mile relay for the Bulldogs as well.
“Everything is coming up so quick,” Daum said. “And it’s tough in this wind.”
Grey had positive words for Daum, as well as the rest of his boys team.
“It was a great day,” Grey said. “We’re getting to where we want to be but I thought we missed a couple of places where we might have picked up a few points. Peter (Granger) had some good long jumps today but scratched a few. Our sprint relay team dropped another second, and Dalton just had a great day, even though it was shortened up a little and he didn’t have much time between events.”
That the meet was held in the first place was a testament to the meet workers, Grey said.
“I need to give kudos to the people who get this ready and make this meet go,” he said. “Liza (Dennehy) and Brian (Atkins) and the engineers worked hard clearing the snow and getting the pits ready to go. That’s awesome. I think Charlie (Merrifield) would be pretty upset if we didn’t hold this meet.”