Rams, Panthers win Butte Central meet

The Billings Central boys and Belgrade girls ran to team titles at the annual John Tomich Invitational Saturday at Bulldog Memorials Stadium.

Belgrade’s girls won with 105 team points, beating second-place Billings Central by 13 points. Laurel was third at 81.5 points, while Dillon placed fourth at 81.

Sammy Elliott and Dylan Fowler set meet records in leading the Belgrade girls to victory. Elliott set the Tomich record with a time of 2 minutes, 22.9 seconds in the 800. The old record was 2:27.5 by Belgrade’s Megan Kiegley in 2005.

Fowler won the long jump with a record leap of 17 feet, 6 3/4 inches. That jump broke the record of 17-1 3/4 set by Shannon Sullivan of Butte High in 2006.

The other girls’ record to fall came in the 300-meter hurdles, where Belgrade’s Kristen Haas 2007 time of 46.77 fell. Dillon’s Holly Anderson won in 46.68 Saturday. Anderson also won the 100-meter hurdles.

Olivia Wood won the 1,600 and 3,200 to pace Anaconda, while teammate Mia Estes continued her stellar season in the javelin. Estes, one of the top throwers in the nation, launched a 144-foot throw in the windy on Saturday.

Butte Central’s Mariah Cooney was second in the javelin at 121 feet.

Cooney scored for the Maroons in three events. She won the triple jump with a mark of 34-3. She also placed third in the javelin.

Freshman Whitney McGree placed third in the 100 and sixth in the 200 for the host Maroons.

Butte High’s junior varsity got a third place performance from Brianna O’Mara in the shot put and a fourth by Jessica Herzog in the 800.

On the boys’ side, a meet-record 400-relay time by Billings Central led the rams to a 122-point performance. That was two points better than second-place Dillon. Belgrade placed third at 88.

The Rams won the 400-realy in 43.98 seconds.  The names of the Billings Central runners were not available. The old record of 44.24 was set by Anaconda in 2006.

Dillon’s Mick Paffhausen set meet record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 40.56. That beat the mark of 40.92 by Brett Kamrud of Butte Central in 2007. Paffhausen also won the 110 hurdles.

Dillon also got victories by Austin Carver in the 200, Kyle Moore in the shot put and Ethan Peterson in the triple jump.

Anaconda’s Aiden Theard won the 1,600.

Conor McGee posted Butte Central’s top finish, placing third in the 3,200. Teammate Kyle Harrington took fifth in the 100.

Butte High’s junior varsity team placed third in the 400 relay. Bulldog Jarrett Rowling took second in the javelin.

2013 Tomich Results – Teams

2013 Tomich Results – Girls

2013 Tomich Results – Boys

Butte Central’s Lacey McGree, left, gets ready to take the hand off from Mariah Cooney during the 400-meter relay race Saturday.