A spur of the moment track meet is sometimes the best kind.
With a day’s notice, Butte High School put on a track meet Tuesday at Charlie Merrifield Track, hosting Ennis, Deer Lodge, Drummond and a few throwers from Butte Central.
“This is the best kind of meet,” said Butte High head track coach Arie Grey, while enjoying the blue skies and temperate conditions. “There’s no pressure, and it’s better than a practice. You just pull the gun out, bring in a couple of teams and let ‘em go. We really have to thank everyone who came. They’ve all got good athletes and give good competition.”
For the record, Butte High’s girls won, as did the Ennis boys.
Bulldog sprinter Dalton Daum ran just two races Tuesday, the 100 and the 400. Both were excellent, by anyone’s standards.
Daum sailed through the 100, clocking in at 11.06, his fastest time of the season, and then came back and blasted a 49.59 in the 400 – the fastest time in the state so far this season.
“He’s got more in him,” a smiling Grey said after the race.
“That’s my first open 400 since I was a freshman or sophomore, I can’t remember,” Daum said, adding that he’d like to post a time in the 48-second range. The state record is the oldest in the books, a 47.9 set at English distance in 1976.
Daum said he’s interested in other events as well. He threw the javelin for the first time on Monday and had planned to compete Tuesday, but said his arm was sore from the workout. The 300 intermediate hurdles have also appealed to the senior speedster, but he’s never tried the event and is worried it may be too late to start now.
Most of Butte Central’s team went to the Dillon Invitational, but a few throwers stayed behind to compete in the impromptu meet. Four Maroons were enough to finish 1-2-3 in the shot put, 1-2-4 in the discus and 1-3 in the javelin.
Marcus Ferriter increased his season best in the disc by five feet to win the event with a 161-foot toss, while Kaemen Richards was second at 143-9 and Michael Cooney was third at 123-5. Ferriter won the shot put with a mark of 48-7, upping his season best mark by a foot. Richards was second at 47-4.5 and Cooney notched third place at 41-6.5. Danny Peoples won the javelin with a launch of 148-9 and Cooney was third at 138-5.
Butte High’s weightmen saw Bryce Liebel take fourth in the disc and Nolan Boyle take fifth in the shot, while Bryce Gallagher and Quinn Dennehy went 4-5 in the javelin.
Kiley Caprara cruised to a 42.87 second win in the 300 hurdles for the Bulldogs, who also saw Dennehy and Gallagher finish in the top four. Nic Raiser topped the 3,200 field in 11:15, while Shannon Tempel destroyed the 800 field, winning by 20 seconds in a season best 2:01.
The Butte High girls had a successful day, beginning with a top-six sweep of the 100, led by Bailey McCarthy’s winning 13.13. Mar Sorini was second and Mijah McLeod took third. McLeod and McCarthy cruised to a 1-2 finish in the 200.
Caitlin Carmody led a 1-2-3 Butte sweep of the 400 and then went on to claim the triple jump with a mark of 31-5.25. Joby Rosenleaf finished two and a half minutes ahead of the rest of the 3,200 field, while Abby Dodge leaped to a 5-1 win in the high jump.
In the weights, Butte’s Sarah Semsak was the only competitor to break triple digits in the javelin with a winning toss of 105-3, while freshman Hailee Regan was the top shot putter, marking 32-5.
Butte High and Butte Central will be back in action Thursday afternoon at Charlie Merrifield Track when the Billings Skyview Falcons and Missoula Sentinel Spartans come to town.