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Bozeman native Grace Gilbreth of Montana State named Big Sky track and field co-athlete of the week

Grace Gilbreth
Posted at 11:09 AM, Feb 22, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-22 15:11:35-05

BOZEMAN — Bozeman native and Montana State track and field junior Grace Gilbreth was awarded the Big Sky co-athlete of the week award for track and field on Monday.

This followed her standout performance at the Big Sky Tuner on Feb. 16 where she ran the third fastest mile time in program history at an adjusted 4:44.

"We set up an aggressive pace for the race, and Grace was very confident," Bobcats coach Lyle Weese said. "Yeah, got off to a great start. Battled through, it’s always tough running fast on an indoor track. So, she just did a great job in the race, and it was good to see her break through."

For Gilbreth, it was all about her entire team stepping up over the weekend.

"Yeah, I’m really happy with how the day went. I think the team overall had a really good showing," Gilbreth said. "It was really fun, all the distance girls ran the mile that day, so it was the last event, well second to last event, so that was really fun."

Gilbreth is a product of the Bozeman Hawks — a strong legacy of their cross country and track and field programs continue to make their mark at the next level.

"It has been incredible to see Grace’s development as a runner over the last three years," Weese reflected. "She had a really good career at Bozeman high school, especially her senior cross country season was really impressive. Yeah, then she got here to MSU and has just been getting better and better every single year. High level of commitment, high level of drive, and it’s showing with results."

"It’s been really cool," Gilbreth talked about representing the town of Bozeman. "Definitely I appreciate it more when I get older. Yeah, I went to track and field camps here when I was little so it’s kind of a cool, full circle thing."

The Big Sky Indoor Championships begane Thursday in Spokane, Wash. Gilbreth runs the 5K on Friday at 7:35 p.m. Mountain time, and the 3K on Saturday at 3:50 mountain.