Strong performances lead Dogs on first day

Strong performances lead Dogs on first day

MISSOULA — Strong performances by Mollee Conlan, Jonas Sherman, Morgan McClernan, Cameron Tobiness and Jaric Sparks paced Butte High on the opening day of the Western AA Divisional track meet at Missoula County Stadium. (Results)

Conlan ran a season-best 12.95 seconds in the 100-meter dash in the preliminary race. She qualified second for Saturday’s final with the time that beat the qualifying standard for State.

The future Montana Tech Oredigger already qualified for State in the event.

Conlan also ran a leg of Butte High’s qualifying 400-meter relay team. Butte High placed seventh, both their time of 51.61 beat the provisional time of 52.80.

Dylann Bartoletti, Madison Seaholm and Emmarie Richards ran before handing to Conlan for the final leg.

Butte High’s Hailey Pack placed ninth in the shot put, and Teagan Kennis took ninth in the long jump.

On the boys’ side, Sherman cleared 6 foot to take second in the high jump. He tied with Tobiness, who took fourth on attempts. Tobiness also posted a personal record by clearing 12 feet, 6 inches

Tobiness, though, did not qualify for State with a seventh-place finish in the pole vault. Teammates Sparks and Gavin Vetter, though, did qualify in the event.

Sparks placed fourth by clearing 13 feet. Vetter tied for fifth by clearing 12-6.

McClernan placed third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 41.7 seconds. The future Oredigger also qualified third in the 110 hurdles. The finals are Saturday.

Bulldog teammate Holt Downey qualified fifth in the 100 hurdles.

The Bulldogs placed fifth in the 400-meter relay, beating the provisional time to qualify for State with a time of 43.78. Cole Worley, Kenley Leary, Broc Ludwick and Downey each ran a leg.

Butte High junior Cameron Gurnsey, who was hoping for a big jump after being limited by a knee injury all spring, placed seventh in the high jump at 5-10.

The top six finishers — including ties — advance to State.

Trey Hansen placed eighth in the javelin for the Bulldogs, missing State by less than 4 feet.

Field events begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. Running events start at 11. The boys’ 110 hurdles and girls 100 finals are up first.

The Class A and AA State meets are next Friday and Saturday in Butte.

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