The cold, wet and windy weather was less-than ideal for a track meet Wednesday at the Charlie Merrifield Track inside the Gene Fogarty Complex.
The Hillcrest Hornets, though, still showed why they are the city’s best. The Hornets once again defended their title at the Grade School Track Meet.
Hillcrest racked up 460 team points to run away with the title at the meet hosted by the Butte Athletic Council. Wittier placed a distant second at 241, followed by Margaret Leary at 224.
Kourt Donaldson of Kennedy jumps in the long jump. (Bill Foley photo)
West Buffalo Rigley Vincent runs the 200. (Bill Foley photo)
Peyton Trabert of Whittier jumps in the long jump. (Bill Foley photo)
Hillcrest fifth grader Kyler Carpenter jumps in the long jump. (Bill Foley photo)
A heat of fifth graders take off for the 200 meters. (Bill Foley photo)
Ellie Yates of Hillcrest runs to victory in her heat in the fourth grade girls’ 100-meter race Wednesday on the Charlie Merrifield Track. Also shown are Harper Harryman, left, of Whittier, and Keyirra Worth of West. (Bill Foley photo)
Carsen Gillis of Butte Central holds off Kennedy’s Conner Espelin in the fourth grade 100 meters. (Bill Foley photo)
Jager Hansen of Margaret Leary, left, races Blake Wadas of Hillcrest in the 100. (Bill Foley photo)
Hillcrest fifth grader Howie Pearston clears 3 feet, 8 inches in the high jump. (Bill Foley photo)
Avery Barsness of Emerson races in the 200 meters. (Bill Foley photo)
Autumn Clary of Emmers finishes strong in the 100. (Bill Foley photo)
Ashlyn Burke of Margaret Leary runs in the 600. (Bill Foley photo)
Annelise Foley of Margaret Leary jumps in the long jump. (Bill Foley photo)
Allie Becker of Margaret Leary runs to victory in the fourth-grade 100-meter dash. Also shown ware Mia Archer of Emerson, Jera Kurilich of Whittier and Amelia Perason of Hillcrest. (Bill Foley photo)
West Elementary placed third at 190.5, followed by Butte Central at 136, Emerson at 117.5, Kennedy at 34 and Ramsay at 15.
No records fell on the day as 503 young athletes showcased their talent in front of the large crowd.
Whittier’s Brityn Stewart and Sam Sampson captured the pentothal championships.
Steward scored 48 points in her five events to win the girl’s title. Corine Fredlund of West took second at 33. Dylann Bartoletti of Margaret Leary placed third at 30.
Sampson’s 42 points was two better than Hillcrest athlete Burke McGruder’s 40. Karson Pumnea of West placed third at 19.