Nielson wins race at Missoula Hellgate Quads

Nielson wins race at Missoula Hellgate Quads

MISSOULA — Hailey Nielson had another big day Saturday.

This time, the Butte High runner blazed to first place in the girls’ A race at the Missoula Hellgate Quads at the Linda Vista Golf Course. (Results)

Nielson, who recently signed to run cross country and track at Montana Tech, won the 5-kilometer race with a season-best time 19 minutes, 36.99 seconds.

She beat second-place runner Brooke Stayner of Missoula Sentinel by 13 seconds. Sentinel’s Emma Nelson took third at 19:55. No other runner broke 20 minutes in the race

Sentinel won the girls A team title with 31 points, beating Helena Capital by 11. Kalispell Glacier ran to third at 69.

Butte High did not have enough varsity runners for a team score. Kyla Felix (22:25), Ida Real (23:29) and Pieper Joseph (23:45) also ran for the Bulldogs.

On the boys’ side, Bulldog sophomore Ryan Tomich had yet another personal-best time, finishing the boys’ A race in 18:22.

Tomich was one of three Bulldog boys to break 19 minutes in the race. Junior Brady Maloughney finished in 18:33, while sophomore Ladd Hutchinson finished in 18:34.

All seven Bulldog boys broke 20 minutes. Grant Smith (19:04), Cole Hunter (19:11), Trey Whitlock (19:32) and Cohwen Houchin (19:47) ran for the Bulldogs, who placed fourth out of four with 109 points.

Sentinel won the boys’ A title in with 18. Glacier took second at 59, two points better than Helena Capital.

The Bulldogs will head back to Missoula for a meet hosted by Sentinel next Friday. Butte High will host the Butte Invitational Oct. 2 at Stodden Park.



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