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Four MSU Billings athletes qualify for Saturday finals

Posted at 9:49 PM, Jan 26, 2018

(MSU Billings release)

GOLDEN, Colo. – The Montana State University Billings track team will be well represented tomorrow in the final events of the Colorado School of Mines Division II Invite. Nels Flanagan, Lamont Frisby, Mason Schram and Michaela Johnson all set personal bests on Friday on their way to qualifying for Saturday’s competition.

“We had a great first day here and I look forward to seeing what we can do tomorrow,” head coach Jonathan Woehl said after the first day of competition. “Nels is continuing to progress and is in a good spot moving forward for the end of the indoor season. We are excited to see what Lamont, Mason and Michaela can do tomorrow in the finals and to have the rest of the team out there as well.”

With a weight throw measuring 17.88 meters (58’ 8”) Flanagan again set a new MSUB record in the event and more importantly recorded a provisional distance wile placing first in Friday’s competition. The throw is the furthest in the Great Northwest athletic Conference so far this season.

Johnson had good showings in both the 60-meter and the 60-meter hurdles as she qualified for the finals in both events. She ran a personal record in the 60-dash finishing in eighth place among 22 competitors with a time of 8.10. In the hurdles, she finished in third place with a time of 9.58.

Frisby and Schram both had personal-bests in the 60-meter dash as well while placing third and fifth respectively in a field of 22 athletes. Frisby tied his previous top mark of 6.95 while Schram shaved one-hundredth of a second off of his previous mark with a 6.97. They have each reached the 60-meter final consecutive weeks, the pair finished fourth (Frisby) and sixth (Schram) in the South Dakota State Division II Invitational last week.

Also in the weight throw Beau Peaslee finished in eighth place with his personal-record distance of 15.71 meters (51’ 6.5”). Forrest Cross earned a collegiate best throw for the second consecutive week with his mark of 13.02 meters and Brady Ostermiller finished the day with a throw of 13.00 meters.

In the women’s weight throw Kassadee Kuoha continued to progress as she improved her personal-best mark with a throw of 14.52 and finishing ninth. Taylor Stringari and Hannah Nessan finished 15th and 19th in the event and will each compete in the shot put tomorrow along with Kuoha and Hailey Steinbeisser.

Tomorrow’s competition will start in the field with the shot put, triple jump and high jump. Athletes will take to the track for the 5K followed by the mile and the 400-meter. The 60-meter dash final will be held at 1 p.m. with the 800-meter race taking place before the 60-meter hurdles. Competition will conclude with the 200 and 3,000-meter before the 4×400 relay.

Live results for the meet will be posted via Colorado School of Mines’ website. All track and field results can be found on the Track and Field Results Reporting System.