McGree wins long jump, Maroon girls tied for fourth

McGree wins long jump, Maroon girls tied for fourth

COLUMBIA FALLS — Butte Central junior Rileigh McGree added a divisional long jump title to her résumé Friday.

McGree jumped 17 feet, ¾ inch to win the long jump to highlight Butte Central’s day at the Western A Divisional meet at the Dr. Nicosia Track Complex. (Results)

As a team, the Maroons scored 23 points on the first day of the two-day meet, and BC is tied for fourth place with Dillon. Whitefish leads the way with 47 points. Columbia Falls is second at 26, one point better than Corvallis.

McGree also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in with a time of 16.38 seconds. Dillon junior Ainsley Shipman won the race with a personal-best time of 15.36 seconds.

The top 10 individuals in each event advance to next week’s Class A State meet in Laurel. McGree already reached qualifying standards in the 100 hurdles and long jump, as well as the 300-meter hurdles.

Freshman Ella Moodry had a big day for the Maroons. She took third in the javelin with a mark of a mark of 116 feet, 9 inches. She posted a personal-best time of 12.84 seconds to place third in the 100 preliminary. Also, Moodry jumped 16-0 ½ to place sixth in the long jump.

On the boys’ side, the Maroons saw a handful of personal records, but no BC athletes scored team points or qualified for State. BC’s 400-meter relay team came close, placing 11th in 47.72. Egan Lester, Kyle Holter, Bryson Sestrich and Riley Gelling each ran a leg.

Senior Bryan Holland placed 13th in the shot put.

The meet concludes Saturday. Action begins at 11 a.m. (Schedule)

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