McGree, Moodry capture State A track titles

McGree, Moodry capture State A track titles
Butte Central's Ella Moodry, left, and Rileigh McGree are shown in these Butte Sports file photos.

LAUREL — Rileigh McGree and Ella Moodry have joined the ranks of state champions.

McGree, a junior, and Moodry, a freshman, put on huge performances Friday to lead Butte Central’s girls’ team to a fourth-place tie after the first day of the Class A State meet at the Laurel Sports Complex. (Results)

The Maroons scored 20 points to tie with Hamilton. Laurel leads the way with 54. The Locomotives are followed by Whitefish at 24.5 and Glendive at 23.

Moodry busted off a personal-best throw of 125 feet, 10 inches to win the javelin. She also qualified for the finals in the 100 meters with a sixth-place performance in the preliminaries.

McGree was simply carrying on a family tradition when she jumped 17 feet, 8 ¾ inches to win the long jump. That marks the fifth straight time a member of her immediate family has won the Class A State long jump title.

Sister Rachael won it in 2016 and 2017, and sister Lindsay took home the title in 2018 and 2019. Of course, there was no meet in 2020.

McGree also ran a personal-best time of 15.63 in the 100-meter relay preliminary race. That was good for first place. The final is Saturday.

On the boys’ side, Hamilton took the lead with 45 points. Billings Central is second at 32, and Frenchtown scored 21 for third.

Butte Central did not score any points yet. Sophomore Kyle Holter placed 11th in the high jump and 12th in the long jump.

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