(Editor’s note: Montana State University press release)
OGDEN, Utah – Montana State freshman Lucy Corbett sat atop the podium in her first Big Sky Conference Championship appearance. Less than a week removed from the 2019 Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championships in Bozeman, Corbett was honored as Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, the league announced Friday.
Corbett earned a gold medal in her Big Sky Championship debut by taking first in the women’s high jump. The Bozeman High School graduate cleared her Bobcat-best height of 5 feet, 9.25 inches (1.76m) to claim the top honors. She did so by achieving the mark on her first attempt.
Her mark of 5-09.25 propelled her into a tie for second all-time in the event in program history. Prior the conference championships, Corbett had cleared 5-08 (1.73m) in two consecutive meets. She originally moved on to MSU’s all-time top 10 list in the high jump when she cleared 5-07 (1.70m) at the Bobcats’ first dual meet invitational of the indoor season on Jan. 18.
Corbett is only the third Bobcat to ever win a Big Sky Conference title in the indoor high jump on the women’s side. Amber Amsbaugh won the event at the 2013 meet and Wendy Claymore was MSU’s first female high jump champion in 1992.
Northern Arizona’s Christopher Grant was selected as the men’s Big Sky Freshman of the Year.
The Freshman of the Year honor is the first award MSU has received from the Big Sky following a conference meet since 2015. Carley McCutchen was the Outstanding Performer recipient and Heather Demorest won the Most Valuable Athlete Award following the Big Sky indoor meet, while Cristian Soratos claimed the men’s indoor competition’s Outstanding Performer honor that year.
Montana State’s men’s and women’s squads each finished runner-up in the team standings at the 2019 Big Sky Indoor Championships at Worthington Arena on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Bobcat track and field program returns to action at the end of March when Montana State sends members of its teams to Missoula and Los Angeles to open the outdoor season.