(Editor’s note: Montana State University press release)
AZUSA, California – Montana State track and field had several student-athletes put together standout performances, including a school record broken, in the Bobcats’ showing in two meets in California on Friday, April 19.
MSU’s highlight of the day came at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific’s Cougar Stadium.
Senior Alex Lewis continued his stellar final campaign as a Bobcat in the long jump Friday. The Moscow, Idaho, native set a new lifetime best and broke the program record in the event on his third attempt. Lewis crossed over 25 feet for the first time in his collegiate career which broke the school-record mark of 24-11 set by Marty Ogg in 1979. It was the program’s longest standing outdoor record.
Lewis eventually topped his third-attempt mark. On his sixth and final attempt, Lewis reached a wind-legal distance of 25-02 (7.67m). That mark placed him second in the event and currently places him 11th in the West Region rankings.
Truanne Roginske also moved into MSU’s all-time top 10 list in the women’s long jump. She reached a lifetime-best mark of 18-10 (5.74m) on her second attempt as she took 21st overall. That put her into seventh on the Bobcats’ all-time chart in the event.
Three other Bobcats also competed at the Bryan Clay Invite and completed lifetime bests. Morgan Evans led a trio of MSU runners in the 100-meter dash. Evans took 56th in the event with a time of 12.27 seconds. Ramsay finished 72nd in 12.36 seconds and Haile Norred placed 88th in 12.51 seconds.
Multiple runners have had solid efforts at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance over the course of two days. On Friday, two Bobcats joined the Bobcats’ top 10 all-time lists.
Freshmen Camila Noe and Duncan Hamilton made their marks on the Bobcats’ record book. Noe took 30th overall in the 5,000 invitational race in a time of 16:32.82. Noe, who finished 13th among collegiate runners in the race, moved from 10th to third all-time among Bobcats in the event. Hamilton finished 10th overall in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase invitational race. His time of 9:01.36 is the 10th best in program history in the event.
Anna French and Trisha Carlson both ran in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase invitational race. French took 10th overall, and sixth among college athletes, by crossing the line in 10:25.96. Carlson finished 20th with a mark of 10:47.10.
Kelsi Lasota and Collin Buck competed in the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday evening. Lasota participated in the women’s 10,000 invitational race and took 11th in a time of 33:55.58. She was the fourth fastest college runner in the event. Buck ran in the men’s 10,000 ‘A’ race and completed a time of 31:15.83. He placed 18th in the event.
The Montana State track and field student-athletes competing in California are slated to participate in the Beach Invitational on Long Beach State’s campus Saturday.