GREGSON — Butte Central and Butte High runners got their feet wet — and a little more —Tuesday evening at the Butte Central Invitational cross country meet.
The race, held on the Fairmont Hot Springs Golf Course, was the season opener for Butte High and just the second meet of the season for the Maroons.
BC coach Bob Johnson and Bulldog coach Guy Wadas both liked what they saw. Complete results
“I think they ran good,” Johnson said, pointing out the lack of practice time because of the smoky conditions the last two weeks. “They’re not in too bad of shape. We’ll be in better shape.”
Helena High senior Aidan Reed easily ran away with the boys’ title. The defending Class AA State champion completed the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 56 seconds, more than a minute faster than second-place Corvallis’ Ronald Venema (16:57).
Helena High also won the boys’ team title with 62 points. Corvallis was second at 88, followed by Frenchtown at 136. Butte High placed seventh at 229, while BC took 10th at 346.
Butte High senior Nic Raiser place fifth in the intense boys race that saw a couple of pile ups as runners slid on the wet grass on the finish line. Raiser’s time was 17:39 on the course known for slower marks.
“Overall I’m pretty happy,” Wadas said. “Nic had a great race.”
Wadas pointed out the intense off-season work put in by Raiser, a four-year varsity runner for the Bulldogs.
“He wants to (be a contender),” the coach said. “That’s his goal.”
Wadas also praised the rest of the Bulldogs. Going into the season he stressed that tight finishes by his second through seventh runners was key to his team placing high at meets.
“The pack did exactly what I wanted them to do,” Wadas said. “They worked together like I asked them too.”
Butte High’s Shannon Tempel placed 47th at 19:36. Austin Gerry (19:45), Erik Casagranda (20:19), Seth Grant (20:24), Clark Gunther (20:25) and Lathan Rickets (21:20) also ran varsity for the Bulldogs.
Sophomore Brian McGeehan paced for Butte Central with a time of 18:40, good for 24th place. He pointed out that his time was over 21 minutes at the same meet last year.
Theron Nelson (21:12), Zack Carlson (21:14), Cade Wyatt (21:37), Ian Campbell (22:11) and Nathan Orgtega (24:23) also ran for the Maroons.
The fastest race by a Butte High girls’ runner came in the junior varsity meet where junior Joby Rosenleaf ran away with the title in 22.24. The second-place runner was more than a minute behind.
Rosenleaf wasn’t on the varsity team because the Aug. 21 Purple-White race was the qualifier, and Rosenleaf had to sit out the race because of a migraine headache. She’ll definitely be in the varsity lineup when the Bulldogs run in Bozeman on Sept. 12.
“She would have been in the top 10 in the varsity race,” Wadas said. “She was coasting that last mile. If she had some competition, she would have been up in the top five, that’s my guess.”
As it is, her time would have been sixth place in the varsity race.
Claudia Downey of Helena High won in 20:41. Jaycie Schmalz of Hamilton was a close second at 20:46.
The Bengals won the team title at 66. Helena Capital was a close second at 74, followed by Corvallis at 77. Butte High placed eighth at 245.
Cati Carmody placed 12th to lead the Bulldog varsity girls with a time of 22:54.
Rosie Real (25:19), Abby Burke (26:56), Sydney Prendergast (27:48), Sheridan Hafer (28:57) and Maya Robins (29:35) also ran for Butte High.
Abby McGee, BC’s lone girl, took 28th in 23:56.
Johnson said he isn’t sure yet when BC will run next. He said a couple of potential meets were canceled, leaving the Maroons’ plans up in the air.
Right now, Johnson is focused on improving on a strong start for his BC runners.
“Now,” the coach said, “we see what we need to work on.”1 comment