HELENA — Butte High runners Nick Raiser and Joby Rosenleaf each placed 11th at the Carroll College Early Bird Open Friday.
Raiser, a junior, finished the 3-mile race in 17 minutes, 25.67 seconds for 11th on the boys’ side. Aidan Reed of Helena High won the race in a blistering time of 15:35.53. Kade McCutcheon of Kalipell Glacier was second at 16:10.
The Butte High tied for fourth place with Bozeman with 121 points. Glacier won with 25. The Wolfpack were followed by Helena HIgh at 30 and Helena Capital at 88.
Two other Bulldogs broke 20 minutes in the first race of the season. Shannon Tempel finished 1in 18:47, while Erik Casagranda crossed in 19:44.
Kobi Craddock (20:40), Seth Grant (20:52), Gunther Clark (21:19), Logan Randall (23:36) and Garrett Miller (24:03) also ran for the Butte High boys.
“They all had a good first race,” Butte High coach Mara Osborne said. “Nic went out well and hung in there. Looking at last year’s time, he was about 30 seconds faster today, which is what we want to see. Erik Casagranda is just a Freshman learning how racing works. He ran great and I look forward to seeing him improve throughout the year.”
Rosenleaf finished in 21:56 in the first race of her sophomore season for 11th place in the girls’ side. Annie Hill of Glacier won the race 17:44. She was followed by Katrina Olsen of Capital at 20:03 and Corinne Hamilton of Glacier at 20:39.
Butte High’s Sydney Pendergast was No. 2 for the Bulldogs in 22:58, while Abby Burke was next at 23:32.
Mackenzie Joseph (23:33), Amber Durkin (25:14), Sheridan Haffer (26:10), Deryn Ferguson (26:10), Amanda Casagranda (26:27) and Mar Sorini (27:08) also raced for the Bulldogs.
“Joby ran a great first race of the season,” Osborn said. “She got out and competed. Sydney Pendergast was 3 minutes faster today than last year’s first race. She worked hard this summer in the weight room and it showed today how much it has paid off.”
Cati Carmody is out with an injury this week. Osborne said she should be back next week. The coach also pointed out that Burke and Joseph ran their first cross country race.
“They ran well and have come a long way since their first summer workout,” Osborne said. “The kids have been working hard and it was great to get our first race in.”
The Bulldogs will run in Anaconda next Saturday.