State A track: 15 Maroons compete at home

The 2014 track season has been a solid one for the Butte Central Maroons.

Friday and Saturday, the Maroons will get the chance to put a cap on that campaign in front of their home crowd when Bulldog Memorial Stadium plays host to the Class A and Class B State meets.

Field events begin at 9 a.m. Friday. Races kick off at 10:30. Schedule

BC coach Zack Stajcar said he’s hoping staying at home for state will be an edge for the 15 Maroons who qualified for the meet.

“It will be nice to be able to run on the same track we do every day,” Stajcar said. “We get to sleep in our own beds, get some rest and be ready to go.”

Butte Central’s athletes all seem to be peaking at the right time, with freshman Rachael McGree and sophomore Kyle Harrington winning divisional titles last weekend in Dillon.

McGree leaped just under 17 feet to win the long jump to take home the Southwestern A Divisional crown.

“She works so hard at all of her events,” Stajcar said. “It’s kind of nice to see that hard work paying off.”

Rachael McGree, one of five members of the extended McGree family competing for the Maroons, qualified for state in six events. She will also run 100-meters, the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and both relay races.

Sophomore Whitney McGree will compete in the 100 and both relay races, freshman Abby McGee will run the 800 and both relays, while Chandra McCurdy will throw the javelin.

Also for the BC girls, sophomore Lacey McGree will run a leg in the 400-meter relay, while Rachel Banks will be part of the 1,600-meter relay.

McCurdy, one of four BC seniors to make state (Banks, Connor McGree and Wyatt Kingston are the others), is coming off a second-place showing with a 121 foot, 6 inch throw in the javelin.

Stajcar said McCurdy is a contender to medal if she has a strong showing again this weekend.

Harrington is coming off his divisional title in the 100-meter race. His seed time of 11.26 seconds is second to only Dillon star Mick Paffhausen, a future Montana Tech football player.

“He’s sitting right at the top of the line for the 100,” Stajcar said of Harrington, who the coach added seems to get faster each meet.

Harrington will also run the 200 while running a leg in each relay.

Junior Kaemen Richards, who the coach said gets bigger each week thanks to his work in the weight room, enters the discus and shot put after a pair of second-place showings at the divisional.

Classmate Marcus Ferriter will also compete in those throwing events. He placed third in the discus and fourth in the shot put last week.

Freshman Nate McGree will long jump for the Maroons, and junior Danny Peoples is a competitor in the javelin.

The long relay include Harrington, Connor McGree, junior Conor McGee and freshman Blake Burton. Kingston, Connor McGree, Burton and Kingston will make up the short relay team.

Stajcar pointed out that the original relay teams featured Cole Harper, who suffered a season-ending hip injury four weeks ago to the Tomich Invitational. The sophomore was also on track to compete in the long jump at state.

Stajcar said the team has been getting better each week since it had to reset following the key loss.

“At least the timing of the injury is good,” Stajcar said of Harper. “He’s only a sophomore so he has time to come back.”

The coach said the state meet is coming at the right time for the Maroons.

“We had a pretty good season, and we had a pretty good divisional,” Stajcar said. “We qualified 15 kids. That’s pretty good.”

Whitefish comes to town as the defending champion in the Class A boys’ meet. Manhattan’s boys won the Class B meet a year ago.

Corvallis (Class A) and Plains (B) are the defending champs on the girls’ side. 1 comment

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  • Vina Dugan
    May 30, 2014, 10:13 am

    Good luck Maroons! Kyle, we are so proud of you, go get em!!


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