Hillcrest defends Grade School title again

Hillcrest once again won the Butte Grade School Track Meet Wednesday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

The mighty Hornets tallied 381.5 team points to easily top the competition. Whittier placed second at 241. Butte Central was third at 180, followed by West at 162.5 and Margaret Leary at 158.

Catherine Russo of Hillcrest won the girls’ pentathlon, scoring 30 points. She beat Haley Herron of Emerson by two points.

Nathan Boyle of Emerson scored 48 points to win the boys’ pentathlon. Tommy Mellott of Margaret Leary placed second with 42.

Two meet records fell on the day. Mellott broke a Remo Fantini’s 26-year old record in the boys’ sixth-grade 600-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 42.47 seconds. Fantini ran 1:42.80 in 1988.

Megan Pederson of Kennedy broke Hailey Peterson’s 2007 record in the girls’ sixth-grade shot put with a mark of 31 feet, 11 inches. The old record was 30-02.

One record was tied on the day. Nathan Boyle from Emerson tied Zach Osborne’s record in the sixth-grade boys’ 200-meter race set in 1995.

Hillcrest head coach Susanne Dauenhauer was in charge of a sea of orange, as the Hornets saw 109 students come out for the team.

“Since they moved this to a Wednesday we see a lot more kids out,” Dauenhauer said. “I think they like to get out for the half day of school.”

Dauenhauer said that having good athletes has led to Hillcrest’s continued success – the Hornets have won at least 15 in a row dating back to the 1990s – and parents have provided much help as well.

“We have a lot of involved families, and it’s good to have all these kids working an hour to an hour and a half four times a week,” she said.

Dauenhauer said she’s always at least a little worried about the streak coming to an end as the City meet approaches, but it’s worked out for quite a while.

“We’ve got good kids, but you just never know how they’re going to match up coming in,” she said.

In all, more than 580 athletes competed in the event that was put on by the Butte Athletic Council on a picture-perfect day.

Team scores

Finals-only results

All results


Whittier fourth grader Connor Konda in the 600-meter race.

Fifth grade girls head toward the finish line in the 200.

Hillcrest’s Eric Johns in the 200.

Emerson’s Emily Kendall runs in the 200.

Margaret Leary fourth grader Mya Stenson on the home stretch of the 400.

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