Skyview thinclads prevail, Butte athletes fare well

By Bruce Sayler
The mood was a little lighter with some experimentation mixing with intense competition on the Charlie Merrifield Track Thursday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
Different types of weather offerings visited the facility in the Gene Fogarty Sports Complex at East Middle School. The thinner rosters allowed coaches to try different athletes in different events and a chance to take notice of some possible up-and-comers.
Billings Skyview won both sides of the high school triangular meet. The Falcons scored 89 points in the boys’ competition while Butte High tallied 72 and Butte Central 19. The girls’ meet saw Skyview collect 113 points to beat Butte High’s 45 and Butte Central’s 16.
“At the stage we’re at now, we’re trying to get an opportunity to train,” Butte High head coach Arie Grey said, noting that the Bulldogs have delved into several meets in April with kids focused on competing. “This is a great three-hour meet. This is the best kind of practice you can go – just a practice, but against other teams. The kids are competing, which is huge.
“We’re finding out today who can do some other things besides where we’ve had them. We’ve found some can help us in different events.”
A few of the proven stars missed Thursday’s meet and rested. The teams competed in meets in Butte and Great Falls last weekend, and top performers showcased their talents in all-star meets Tuesday, including the Russ Pilcher Top 10 in Missoula where both the Bulldogs and Maroons sent standouts. Still to go on the week’s schedule is the John Tomich Memorial meet, hosted by Butte Central, on the Charlie Merrifield track Saturday.
Among the headliners in the Thursday triangular were Butte Central’s Moodry twins. Two-time state Class A girls’ javelin champ and University of Montana signee Ella Moodry again dominated the javelin, and also won the 400-meter dash, her first venture at that distance.
She threw a season-best 137 feet, 4 inches in the javelin to win the event by almost 25 feet. She clocked 1 minute, 1.72 seconds in the 400, just off the state meet qualifying time of 1:01.59.
“I wasn’t going to throw today,” Ella Moodry said of her far chuck, “but it is supposed to rain on Saturday and I don’t want to throw in the rain.”
She also placed second in the 100-meter dash.
Ella’s brother, Zane Moodry, chalked up a double with wins in both hurdles races, timing 41.61 in the 300s and 16.00 in the 110-meter highs.
The Bulldogs and Maroons both stacked multiple wins through the events. Other Butte High winners in the boys’ competition were Camden Houchin, 4:52.85 in the 1,600-meter runs; the 1,600-meter relay team 3:47.21; Mason Leber, 11-0 in the pole vault; Tocher Lee, 20-7 ½ in the long jump; Brett Polich, 44-7 in the shot put; Cohen Andrews, 41-7 ¼ in the triple jump; and Kyler Stenson, 159-4 in the discus. Jack Keeley of Butte Central won the boys’ javelin with a 146-8 fling.
In girls’ events, Butte High winners were the 400-meter relay team, 52.84, and Darby Harrington in the high jump, 4-6.
The other Bulldogs placing in boys’ events were Wyatt Gross, second in the 100, 11:35.; Nolan Casey, third in the 100, 11.53, and fourth in the 200, 23.85; Butte High 400-meter relay teams for second, 44.48, and third, 46.33; Will Taylor, third in the 400, 53.71, and fourth in the long jump, 19-10; David Stone, fourth in the 800, 2:19.33; Trey Hansen, third in the 200, 23.81; Butte High’s second 1,600-meter relay team, second, 3:51.86, and third team, fourth, 4:08.25; Raeder Grey, fourth in the 110-meter hurdles, 18.53; Torre Tempel, second in the pole vault, 11-0; Trey Antonioli, third in the pole vault, 9-6; Tyler Olsen, fourth in the pole vault, 9-6; Cohen Andrews, second in the long jump, 20-2 ¼; Stenson, third in the shot put 40-7; Polich, third in the discus, 117-0; Gannon Sullivan, fourth in the discus, 113-10; Matthew Donaldson, second in the javelin, 141-10; and Gavin Roesti, fourth in the javelin, 131-8.
For the Bulldog girls, Dylann Bartoletti was fourth in the 100, 13.63, and second in the 200, 27.67; Cadence Graham, second in the 400, 1:04.28, and second in the 100-meter hurdles, 16.80; Aleia Morrell, third in the 200, 27.83; the 1,600-meter relay team, second, 4:45.13; Chelsi Lyons, second in the high jump, 4-4; Addelei Hiatt, third in the high jump, 4-4; Peyton Liva, fourth in the high jump, 4-0; Peyton Trabert, second in the pole vault, 9-0; Macy Seaholm, fourth in the pole vault, 7-6; Selene Morrell, second in the discus, 95-8; Allie Ballensky, fourth in the discus, 92-1; Brityn Stewart, third in the javelin, 107-8; Allie McClafferty, fourth in the javelin, 98-9; and Mylee Demarais, second in the shot put, 29-5.
Butte Central’s place-winners were Jim Bradshaw, third in the boys’ 3,200-meter run, 12:34.99; Justus McGee, third in the boys’ long jump, 20- ½; Rylee Forbes, fourth in the girls’ 300-meter hurdles, 1:04.74; and Caden Tippett, third in the girls’ shot put, 27-4.
Skyview’s winners in the boys’ meet were: Ryan Dierenfield, 10.85 in the 100, and 22.55 in the 200; Greg Wardell, 52.91 in the 400; Noah Miller, 2:15.68 in the 800; Evan Aadland, 11:18.66 in the 3,200; and Boaz McKinney, 6-2 in the high jump. The Falcon girls with wins were Angel Ialelei-Martin, 12.80 in the 100, and 26.40 in the 200; Ava Greenwell, 5:40.78 in the 1,600, and 12:35.79 in the 3,200; Cienna Soens, 47.34 in the 300-meter hurdles and 16.80 in the 100-meter hurdles,; Bradee White, 2:50.05 in the 800; the 1,600-meter relay team, 4:21.27; Alli Jones, 9-6 in the pole vault; Myley Bronaugh, 16-6 ¼ in the long jump; Olivia Field, 30-8 in the triple jump; and Rae Smart, 130-6 in the discus, and 40-5 in the shot put.
Full meet results are available on the buttetrackclub.com Web site.

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