Glacier tops track meet, Henderson, Moodry shine for locals

By Bruce Sayler
The sun was the star of Friday’s high school track triangular meet in Butte.
Butte High boys were actually asking head coach Arie Grey for spots the 1,600-meter relay teams that would close the boys’ side of the competition. The kids seemed glad, enthused to be outdoors on the Charlie Merrifield Track of Bulldog Memorial Stadium in the Gene Fogarty Sports Complex at East Middle School.
Glacier High of Kalispell was the competition winner on both sides. The meet scored three places, similar to a dual meet, and the Wolfpack stacked 81 points in the boys’ events and 111 in the girls.’ The final count showed Butte High second in the boys’ meet with 61 and Butte Central third with three. Butte Central was the girls’ runner-up with 19 points, four ahead of Butte High.
Grey oversaw almost 150 Bulldogs in the competition with a few more than 100 being boys.
“And, I wish we had a few more out,” he said, enjoying the events. “They’e all great kids.”
Grey held Sam Henderson out of the triple jump after the 46-footer the junior popped in a meet Tuesday in Helena. Henderson still swept the boys’ hurdles Friday with times of 14.99 seconds in the 110-meter highs and 42.51 in the 300s. Both rank among the state’s better clockings.
“We won’t have him triple jump twice in the same week,” Grey said about cautious early-season preparations regarding Henderson’s development. “He won’t triple on Tuesday, either, but he will in the Dahlbergs.”
The annual Swede Dahlberg boys’ invitational meet is set for next Friday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium. A triangular is to be held Tuesday beforehand with Butte Central and Dillon in the same facility.
Henderson transferred to Butte High from Butte Central before school started last fall.
Two-time state Class A girls’ javelin champ Ella Moodry starred on the girls’ side of the meet with three wins. She flung a season-best 131 feet even in the javelin, then clocked 13.07 and 27.49 in winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes. A senior, Moodry won her state titles as a freshman and junior, and was second her sophomore year. She is to be throwing for the University of Montana after this spring.
“Ella did a great job,” Butte Central head coach Clay McQueary said. “She qualified (for the state meet) in the 100, re-qualified in the javelin and ran well in the 200.
“It’s been a good year for us, so far (as a team).”
McQueary said the Maroons roster 32 track athletes, 25 of them being boys.
“All of our kids did a really good job, today,” he added.
The Maroons almost had a second winner when diminutive eighth-grader Kherington Adams challenged Glacier’s Natalie Aczas in the 1,600-meter run. The final sprint to the tape saw Aczas finish in 6:42.32, and Adams in 6:42.89.
Joining Henderson as Butte High winners in the boys’ events were Rueso Battermann, 23.55 in the 200; Ryan Hanson, 5-10 in the high jump; Trey Hansen, 156-6 in the javelin; Tocher Lee, 20-4 ¾ in the long jump; Levi Wiltsie, 30.81 in the 3,200-meter run; and the 400-meter relay team, 44.91.
Aiden Krause of Glacier broke a stadium record with a spin of 178-4 in the discus, the best toss in Montana this spring.
The other winners, from Glacier, were Kash Goicoechea, 11.09 in the 100; Christian Miller, 56.04 in the 400; the Wolfpack’s 1,600-meter relay team, 3:36.57; Owen Thiel, 2:03.00 in the 800; Jack Melnick, 4:57.81 in the 1,600; Cole Opre, 12-6 in the pole vault; Henry Sellards, 54-1 ½ in the shot put; and Cooper Pelc, 43-11 ¾ in the triple jump.
Battermann was second in the 100 at 11.16 and teammate Wyatt Gross placed third I 11.34. Gross was second in the 200, 23.83, and Bulldog Miner Lee was third in 24.10. Butte High got a third from Aiden Lester in the 400, 57.31, and the 1,600-meter relay team was second in 3:38.71. The other Butte High place-winners were Kyler Stenson, second in the discus, 156-10; Brett Polich, third in the discus, 117-0; Ryan Popovich, second in the high jump, 5-6; Cayde Stajcar, second in the long jump, 19-3 ¾; Taylor Olsen, third in the pole vault, 10-0; and Hanson, third in the triple jump, 39-6 ½.
Jack Keeley scored Butte Central’s points with a 154-5 throw for second in the javelin.
Except for Moodry’s wins, all in the girls’ events went to Glacier. Breanna Barnes won the 100-meter hurdles in 17.92, Emmery Schmidt the 300-meter hurdles in 48.71 and the long jump at 14-9 3/4, Carmen Endy the 400 in 1:03.31, Olivia Kreitner the 800 in 2:43.97, Aczas the 1,600, Bailey Gable the 3,200 in 15:00.88; the 400-meter relay in 53.06, the 1,600-meter relay in 4:25.87, Kai Johnson the discus at 106-9 and the shot put at 39-1, Sienna LaChance the high jump at 4-10 and Brie Tweedy the triple jump at 30-7 ¼.
Dylann Bartoletti gained a second place for Butte High in the 100 in 13.30 and got a third in the high jump when both she and teammate Chelsi Lyons cleared 4-2. Lyons claimed second on fewer misses.
Also for the Bulldogs, Cadence Graham was second in the 300-meter hurdles, 50.73; Kellie Carpenter, third in the 800, 2:49.96; the relay teams both second in 53.09 for the 400 and 4:31.47 for the 1,600; Ali McClafferty, third in the javelin, 107-8; and Peyton Trabert, second in the pole vault, 9-0.
Rylee Forbes joined Moodry and Adams as Butte Central scorers with a third place in the 300-meter hurdles. Her time was 55.96.

All varsity and junior varsity results for the meet are available at the buttetrackclub.com internet site.

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