FAIRMONT -- A sore foot, smokey skies, slow course and deep field proved not to be a challenge for Butte High's Joby Rosenleaf at Tuesday's Butte Central Cross Country Invite at Fairmont Hot Springs.
Rosenleaf kicked off her senior year in style by dominating the field in Tuesday's race, taking the individual girls title by a whopping 49 seconds.
"I felt pretty good," Rosenleaf said of her run. "My foot has been bothering me for the past week and a half, it's just my arch, but I didn't really feel it much during the race."
Rosenleaf, who crossed the line in 19:32 Tuesday, was forced to run in the JV race at this event last year due to missing practices because of illness, and shaved nearly two minutes off her time from a year ago.
She credited an extensive running regimen this summer, getting 40 to 50 miles per week in, which she said made the difference, especially in the smokey conditions.
"It makes the difference," she said. "I couldn't breathe for a little while, it's not horrible, but you can tell a difference. Your throat burns a little more after."
Rosenleaf's individual effort helped the Bulldogs to a sixth-place finish on the girls' side, with Cati Carmody taking 27th for the Bulldogs, while Rosie Real was 36th.
"I think i was more impressed with how fluid she looked," Butte High coach Guy Wadas said of Rosenleaf. "She looked like she was having fun and enjoying the race.
"I was really pleased with the effort today, they did some good stuff, they stuck it out and ran tough."
Polson captured the girls' team title with a team score of 76, 12 points clear of runner-up Helena High. Corvallis was third with a team score of 131.
The Pirates placed all four runners among the Top-20, while the Bengals had three finish in the Top-13.
"That's great placing for those guys," Helena coach Linda Paull said. "I thought we looked really good, I think everyone that ran here last year had a better time than a year ago, that's what it's about. It's definitely a starting spot for us."
Other top local finishers in the girls' race were Dillon's Tiel Lochridge, who placed ninth in 21:52, and Butte Central's Abby McGree, who was 10th with a 21:56. Anaconda's Sarah Griffus was 23rd in 23:12.
On the boys' side, Class A Frenchtown used its depth and experience to pull out a narrow victory over perennial power Corvallis, totaling 51 points to edge the Blue Devils by five.
Helena High rounded out the Top-3 with 73 points, the final team to break 100.
Frenchtown, which returns eight seniors to its lineup, had five runners finish among the Top-20, including Jaiden Rowe who was second in 17:17. Corvallis also had five runners among the Top-20, including two in the Top-5, Carson and Andrew Jessop.
"We have eight senior boys who have been together since seventh grade," Frenchtown coach Dennis Norman said. "They've had a great summer of running and we wanted to run well, so it was a big day for us."
Helena High's Ian Anderson was the event's individual champion, crossing the finish line in 17:08, nine seconds clear or Rowe.
Whitehall's Hunter Flynn was the top local finisher in the boys' race, finishing in 17:35, the top time among all Class B runners at the meet, and helping the Trojans to a ninth-place finish.
Other top local runners on the boys' side were Dillon's Sam Telling, who finished 28th in 19.02.
Butte High was paced by Kyle Konda, who finished 32nd with a time of 19:11. The Bulldogs were 10th as a team.
"We graduated four seniors and that was the meat of our team," Wadas said of the Bulldog boys. "But Kyle had a heck of a race, he put in the work this summer and it's paying off. I was really proud of our younger guys today."
Brian McGeehan was the top finisher for Butte Central, taking 42nd with a time of 19:33, while Anaconda's Wil Lindly was 45th in 19:49.
Butte Central, Whitehall and Anaconda all return to action this Saturday, while Butte High compete's next on the following Saturday in Bozeman.
Sentinel sweeps Butte High in opener
The Butte High Bulldogs kicked off the Katrina Berg era Tuesday night, but not in the way she or the team hoped.
The Bulldogs were swept by host Missoula Sentinal, 25-9, 25-20, 25-12 behind a big game from the Spartans' Elsa Godwin.
Godwin posted a game-high 13 kills, helping the Spartans to a 38-14 advantage in that category. The Spartans also handed out 38 assists to Butte's nine, with Chelsea Bone handing out 32 of them.
Senior Abby Dodge led the Butte High attack with five kills while adding three blocks and an ace. Keeley Pochervina posted a game-high eight digs for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday when they open conference play on the road against Billings Senior.