Trudnowski, Rhodes, Mellott, Vetter lead Dogs

Trudnowski, Rhodes, Mellott, Vetter lead Dogs
Butte High sophomore Anna Trudnowski clears 5 feet, 4 inches to win the high jump in this April 27 Butte Sports file photo.

KALISPELL — Sophomores Anna Trudnowski and Madalynn Rhodes, junior Tommy Mellott and senior Jake Vetter put up solid performances Friday to lead Butte High on the first day of the Class AA State track meet. (Results)

Trudnowski came within an eyelash of winning the state high jump championship. She cleared 5 feet, 5 inches to tie with Kalispell Flathead senior Madison Boles for the top spot.

Boles, however, topped Trudnowski on the ninth jump of a jump off, leaving the Bulldog to settle for the silver.

That medal comes a year after Trudnowski tied for fifth place in the high jump last year. Her best event is one of six she will compete in during the weekend. She also ran to 17th in the 400 Friday.

Mellott placed third in the 400-meter race, finishing with a personal-record time of 50.53 seconds. He jumped 21 feet, 3 inches to place eighth in the long jump.

Mellott also qualified for the finals in the 100 and 200.

Vetter continued his strong late-season surge by placing third in the 800 with a time of 1 minute, 59.72 seconds. He also ran to 13th in the 400.

Butte junior Quinn Sullivan qualified at third in the 110-meter preliminaries, while Butte High’s 400-meter relay team qualified. Josh Neill, Zach Merrifield, Sullivan and Mellott each ran a leg.

Missoula Sentinel’s boys’ lead team standings with 55 points. West is second at 37. Butte High sits in eighth place with 12.

Bozeman leads the way on the girls’ side with 56 points. West is second at 32, and Butte High is ninth with 12.

Rhodes captured fourth place in the javelin with a throw of 125-8. That mark is a personal record.

Gabbie Parini, Ally Cleverly, Mollee Conlan and Braleigh Garrett qualified Butte High for the 400-meter relay.

Cleverly also placed 12th in the 400, while Parini placed fourth in the long jump.

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