Maroon runners PR at Three Forks meet

THREE FORKS — Butte Central’s four freshman boys all posted a personal-best time Saturday at the Headwater Invitational cross country meet at the Headwaters Public Golf Course.

James Holmes led the way for the Maroons, finishing the 5-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 33 seconds. He broke the 20-minute mark for the first time. (Results)

Jim Bradshaw, Patrick Stimatz and William McAnulty also posted personal bests in the meet. Bradshaw crossed in 21:41, Stimatz ran in 24:21, and McAnulty came in with a time of 26:20.

“They are definitely improving,” BC coach Bob Johnson said of his boys.

Sophomore Oren Arthun of Manhattan Christian won the race in 16:41. Teammate Nathan Adams placed second in 17:08, beating third-place Wesley Biggers of Whitehall by 2 seconds.

Christian won the team title with 26 points. Host Thee Forks took second at 50, followed by Boulder at 63.

Senior Emma Stolte of Townsend won the girls’ race. Christian’s Jayden VanDyken took second at 20:05, and Jayden Woodland of Three Forks took third at 20:11.

Central sophomore Hallie Kellicut finished the race in 32:29.

Townsend won the team title with 36 points. Manhattan was second at 53, and Christian placed third at 56.

Next up for the Maroons is the Helena 7 on 7 meet on Thursday.