(Editor’s note: Montana State University press release)
BOZEMAN – Multiple individuals completed season-best times for the Montana State track and field program as the Bobcats wrapped up their final home meet of the season on Friday, May 3, at the Bobcat Track and Field Complex.
Montana State recognized its seniors Friday in its final tune up for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships. The Bobcats travel to Missoula next to compete in the conference meet which runs from May 8-11.
“I thought it went really well,” said Lyle Weese, Montana State’s director of track and field. “Generally, the team seemed energized with being finished up with finals. I thought there were some good marks in the sprints, as well as in the other event groups. I think it was a good way to finish up finals week and move on to conference.”
The Bobcats had strong representation in several track events.
Derrick Olsen and Henry Adams took the top two spots in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, with Olsen completing a lifetime-best mark of 14.57 seconds for a first-place showing. The Bobcats had eight attached runners in the top 10 of the men’s 1,500, led by Duncan Hamilton who finished second and was followed in order by Gannon Chamberlain and Justice Lamer. Jadin Casey led the men’s 400 with a season-best time of 48.17 and Parker Walton followed with his best time of the year crossing in at 49.41.
The women’s 1,500 featured Bobcats taking the top six spots in the event. Leading the way was Camila Noe who recorded a personal-best mark of 4:38.63 while Lexi Kyro finished runner-up for MSU. McKenna Ramsay led a 1-2-3 showing in the women’s 400, with Elisabeth Krieger (56.42) and Haile Norred (56.86) achieving season bests in the event. Truanne Roginske recorded the 10th fastest time in program history in the 100 dash of 12.12 as MSU finished in the top three positions of the event. Elena Carter (14.20) took first in the 100 hurdles and Morgan Evans (14.40) was right behind her.
MSU’s field performers also had a variety of highlights.
Carley VonHeeder took first in the women’s javelin with a throw of 150 feet, 5 inches (45.85m). Celestia Hammond (144-08) finished behind her in second in the event. Roginske added a first-place showing in the long jump to her tally by completing a leap of 18-01.50 (5.52m). Wyatt Thompson-Siporen placed first in the pole vault on the men’s side, while Ethan Saberhagen (discus) and Brock McCue (hammer throw) earned a runner-up finish in their respective events
The Bobcats took advantage of the elements and had an opportunity to set season-best times or marks. Both of MSU’s 4×100 relay squads completed their best times of the year with the men tallying a 42.05 mark and the women a time of 46.67. Drake Schneider (52.08) and Jared Schwend (54.15) each registered season bests in the men’s 400 hurdles, finishing first and third, respectively. Hailey Phillips (1:02.14) took second in the women’s 400 hurdles with her best time of the year. Kamden Hilborn and Amber Prevedello each cleared 11-02.25 (3.41m) in the women’s pole vault, with the duo tallying their season-best marks.
Kylie Christiansen set new personal bests in the hammer throw (156-09) and the javelin (135-00) on the women’s side.
Maddie Brockel added a first-place finish in the 200 for the Bobcat women’s team. Bill Yeager took second in the men’s 100 and Brock Winegar placed third in the javelin.
The Montana State track and field teams look ahead to the Big Sky meet at Montana’s Dornblaser Field. The Bobcats will travel west with a majority of the events beginning on Friday, May 10.
“All of our event groups will be focused on recovery and preparing for the conference championship,” Weese said. “We want to be doing just enough to be sharp, but go in there rested feeling good so that we can compete at our best in Missoula.”