Moodry wins twice, Dillon teams reign in rain at Tomich meet

By Bruce Sayler
Athletes smiled through the rain Saturday on the Charlie Merrifield Track at the Gene Fogarty Sports Complex on the East Middle School grounds.
Rain and wind visited the complex, but the John Tomich Memorial Invitational high school track meet contestants shined. Coaches saw their athletes perform, perhaps, better than expected.
“I thought we did very well, considering the elements they had to compete in,” Clay McQueary, head coach of the host Butte Central team, said. “A lot of our kids PR’d (broke personal-best records) and that is always the No. 1 goal, to have kids PR.”
Some teams expected to compete in the meet chose to bypass it because of weather forecasts. Still, seven schools made up the field. Dillon won both team titles. The Beavers topped the boys’ standings with 130 points, seven more than second-place Frenchtown, while Manhattan Christian placed third with 70, edging Anaconda by appoint. The Dillon girls scored 199 points while Frenchtown was second with 90 and Anaconda third with 60.
Butte Central teams tallied 21 points in the boys’ events and 20 in the girls, finishing sixth in both team standings.
McQueary mentioned several Maroons who enjoyed good days. Two-time state Class A girls’ javelin champion Ella Moodry was a double-winner with efforts of 135 feet, 1 inch in the javelin and 13.16 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
“Ella had a good day,” McQueary said. “Keefer (McGree) did very well in the (110-meter hurdles) and Zane Moodry did well also in the 110s. Justus (McGee), Jack (Keeley) and Parker (Robertson) all did well in the long jump. They’re all improving each week.
“Overall, I think the kids did well today coming off of competing Thursday. They had cold weather on a rainy day and did pretty well.”
Moodry timed 16.10 for fifth place in the 110-meter hurdles and McGree clocked 16.97 for eighth. Keeley, one of the state’s better javelin throwers, did not vie in his specialty, but did place fourth in the long jump with a 19-6 ½ leap. Robertson sailed 18-6 for sixth place and McGee took ninth at 17-11 ½.
Winners in the boys’ meet were Brody Galle of Anaconda, 11.69 in the 100; Ben Stanton of Dillon, 23.41 in the 200; Seth Gooden of Frenchtown, 53.31 in the 400; Oren Arthun of Manhattan Christian, 2:00.11 in the 800; Luke Mest of Boulder, 4:35.69 in the 1,600; Bentley McGraw of Frenchtown, 11:16.87 in the 3,200; Tytan Cook of Anaconda, 15.64 in the 110-meter hurdles; Rance Hamilton of Manhattan Christian, 41.34 in the 300-meter hurdles; the Dillon 400-meter relay team (David Schmidlin, Layne Phillips, Ian Singleton, Ben Stanton), 44.63; the Manhattan Christian 1,600-meter relay team (Jack Scott, Nolan Street, Oren Arthun, Shaphan Hubner), 3:40.10; Shaphan Hubner of Manhattan Christian, 5-10 in the high jump; David Schmidlin of Dillon, 20- ½ in the long jump; Ty Stark of Frenchtown, 40-10 ½ in the triple jump; Dalton Noble of Boulder, 50-6 in the shot put; Henry Griffin of Frenchtown, 143-11 in the discus; and Kyle Jones of Dillon, 160-9 in the javelin.
The winners of the remaining girls’ events were Blake Hardy of Frenchtown, 27.06 in the 200; Shae Gooden of Frenchtown, 1:01.54 in the 400; Gracie Honey of Manhattan Christian, 2:31.53 in the 800; Faye Holland of Dillon, 5:39.83 in the 1,600; Hailey Watkins of Dillon, 12:25.91 in the 3,200; Riley McCoy of Dillon, 16.84 in the 100-meter hurdles; Ava Graham of Dillon, 50.22 in the 300-meter hurdles; the Boulder 400-meter relay team (Maddy Averill, Clare Ronayne, MacKenzie Layng, Arena Faler), 52.23; the Dillon “B” 1,600-meter relay team; Anber Santos of Dillon, 4-10 in the high jump; Maddy Averill of Boulder, 15-6 in the long jump, and 34-1 in the triple jump; Lauren Cima of Harrison, 33-3 in the shot put; and Isabella Regan of Dillon, 107-6 in the discus.
Butte Central’s other place-winners were McGee, fourth in the boys’ 100; Jim Bradshaw, fourth in the boys’ 3,200; and the boys’ 400-meter relay team of McGee, McGree, Keeley and Moodry, third in 46.23.
Complete varsity and junior varsity results can be found on the Web site.