(Editor’s note: Montana State Athletics press release)
SACRAMENTO, California – Montana State track and field completed action on the opening day of the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round on Thursday, May 23, at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium.
Junior Carley VonHeeder made her third trip to the West Region Championship and earned her best finish of her collegiate career. The Montana State women’s javelin thrower finished 25th in the event with her best mark of 146 feet, 9 inches (44.72m). Her finish was four spots higher than her showing at the 2018 meet. She sat in the top 12 of the individual standings before the final flight of throwers and finished 20 spots higher than her seeded position.
Sophomore Drake Schneider capped his first appearance at the regional meet in the 400-meter hurdles. He finished sixth out of eight runners in the sixth heat of the event. His time of 52.95 seconds placed him in 44th overall.
Senior Alex Lewis had the Bobcats’ top showing of the day and nearly qualified for the NCAA Championships in Austin. Lewis earned a best jump of 24-01 (7.34) which put him in 19th overall. That finish was seven spots out from qualifying for the national meet. His 19th-place effort was 14 spots higher than his best appearance at the regional a season ago.
Senior Kelsi Lasota closed out her collegiate career competing in the women’s 10,000. Lasota finished 31st overall in the event with a time of 34:59.07.
Montana State’s lone competitor remaining in the NCAA West Preliminary Round is freshman Duncan Hamilton. He is slated to run in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase which is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. MST on Friday in Sacramento.