Rileigh McGree shines at grandfather’s meet

Rileigh McGree shines at grandfather’s meet
Butte Central's Rileigh McGree has a step on Dillon's Ainsley Shipman as the two rivals clear the final hurdle of the 100-meter hurdle race Saturday morning on the Charlie Merrifield Track. (Bill Foley)

BC’s Ella Moodry jumps 17-3

Rileigh McGree came within an inch of a 3-for-3 day at the track meet named after her grandfather.

The Butte Central junior won the 100-meter hurdles and the 200 meters Saturday at the John Tomich Invitational held on the Charlie Merrifield Track inside the Gene Fogarty Complex. (Team scores; Individual results)

A jump by freshman teammate Ella Moodry, though, stopped McGree from winning the long jump.

Moodry busted off a personal-best jump of 17 feet, 3 inches to edge McGree’s 17-2. McGree’s jump was her second best of the season. He went 17-9 in a meet April 17 in Butte.

Moodry’s previous personal best was a leap of 15-2, also on April 17.

The race of the day, at least as far as the host Maroons were concerned, was the girls’ 100-meter hurdles. McGree finished in 15.73 seconds to held of Dillon rival Ainsley Shipman. The Dillon junior posted a personal-best time of 15.84. Dillon’s Sydney Petersen placed third in 16.49.

Shipman also won two events as the Dillon girls took home the team title. She won the high jump and the 300 hurdles.

Dillon scored 147 points to edge second-place Laurel by six points. Boulder placed third at 94, and BC took fourth in the eight-team meet with 53.

Amira Bolton returned from a knee injury to have a nice day. The senior won the high jump, clearing 4 feet, 6 inches.

Cora Pesanti and Mia Sullivan picked up wins for the Anaconda girls, who placed sixth with 30 points. Pesanti won the 100 with a time of 12.74, while Sullivan threw the javelin 112-1 for the win.

Laurel’s boys’ won the team title with 130.5 points, beating second-place Dillon by five points. Boulder took third at 96, Livingston placed fourth at 53, and Anaconda took fifth at 50.

Sophomore Kyle Holter had a big day to lead the BC boys. He placed second in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 20-5 ½. He also tied for second in the high jump by clearing 5-10, also a personal best.

BC senior Egan Lester jumped to fifth in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump, while freshman Zane Moodry took fifth in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump.

Senior Bryan “Hugo” Holland placed fifth in the shot put, and Riley Gelling took fifth in the discus. Holland and Gelling posted personal bests. Also for BC, Bryson Sestrich finished eighth in the long jump.

Callahan Hoffman won the discus and Cole Truman topped the field in the javelin to lead Dillon.

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