Trudnowski clears 5-4 to win Pilcher Top 10 meet

Trudnowski clears 5-4 to win Pilcher Top 10 meet
Butte High's Anna Trudnowski clears the bar at 5-feet, 1 inch during the Eastern AA Divisional meet May 18 at the Gene Fogarty Complex. Trudnowski placed fourth in the event. (Butte Sports file photo)

MISSOULA — Anna Trudnowski has another title to add to her already impressive track résumé.

The Butte High sophomore is a champion of the Russ Pilcher Western Montana Top 10 meet. Trudnowski, who qualified for state as a freshman, cleared 5 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump Tuesday at Missoula County Stadium. (Complete results)

The personal-best mark, which is 3 inches better than the state qualifying standard, was 1 inch better than Taylor Brisendine of Glacier and Hannah Hutchison of Corvallis. Trudnowski placed second in the meet at 5-3 last year.

Trudnowski also ran a leg of Butte High’s second-place 1,600-meter relay team. Christiana Beierle, Ally Cleverly and Hailey Nielson also ran a leg for the team that reached a state qualifying mark with 4 minutes, 10.17 seconds.

Cleverly, Gabbie Parini, Mollee Conlan and Braleigh Garrett placed sixth in the 400-meter relay.

Parini also placed ninth in the long jump, while Hailey Nielson took seventh in the 1,600.

Butte High junior Tommy Mellot placed second in the 200 meters to lead the Butte High boys. His time of 22.76 seconds is a state qualifier. Mellott also placed seventh in the long jump.

Butte High’s 1,600-meter relay team of Mellott, Tucker Winston, Quinn Sullivan and Jake Vetter placed second. Their time of 3:29:49 is a state qualifier.

Winston, Sullivan, Mellott and Josh Neil made up the 400-relay team that placed third, just missing the qualifying standard.

Sullivan reached a qualifying mark by placing third in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.93 seconds. Neil placed sixth in the 100, Zach Merrifield took ninth in the 100, and Jake Vetter ran to ninth in the 800.

Cutter Thatcher led Butte Central’s boys. The junior placed fourth in the 400 and the long jump. Ryan Wahl placed eighth in the discus.

Freshman Rileigh McGree took third in the long jump and sixth in the 200 for the Maroons.

The Bulldogs and Maroons will compete in BC’s John Tomich Invitational on Saturday.

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