(MSU Billings release)
BOZEMAN – In the last meet before the Montana State University Billings track and field team heads to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, sophomore Michaela Johnson set school records in the 60-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles at the Bobcat Invitational.
Johnson took second in the 60-meter hurdles while breaking her own record with a time of 8.90. She finished just one one-hundredth of a second behind Morgan Evans of Montana State in the race. She finished the day with a second record after running a 7.93 in 60-dash. It is the first time in her collegiate career that Johnson has broken the eight second mark. Both times rank fourth amongst GNAC competitors in their respective events.
Lamont Frisby and Mason Schram continued their 60-meter dominance in Bozeman as they finished first and second in the sprint. Frisby was the only sprinter under seven seconds with a time of 6.96 while Schram finished 7.01.
Kaelen Shay had great day in the sprints with personal-records in the 60 and 200-meter. He finished fourth with a time of 7.10 in the 60 and finished sixth with a time of 23.43 in the 200.
Rahkei Eyer took a second place finish in the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 50.86. Eyer is currently in 10th place on the GNAC performance list for the event.
In the women’s 800-meter Catrina Schuchard set the Yellowjackets’ best time of the season in the event finishing 2:31.60. Miranda Livingston set a new personal-best in the event with a time of 2:40.01 finishing behind Ella McKenzie’s 2:38.16.
Drake Henson was under a second off of his top time in the 800 when he finished 1:58.04. The freshman currently holds the third best mark in the event among GNAC athletes.
Shaving over seven seconds off of her previous best, Nikki Aiken set a new fastest time in the 5K at 19:34.88. Teammate Kateri Bridges ran the 5K for the first time at a collegiate meet and finished with a mark of 21:27.08.
Tyus Mendoza and Ivan Colmenero completed the 5K for the men finishing in sixth and ninth respectively.
Hannah Nessan had her best day yet in the field, finishing with a pair of third place finished in the weight throw (13.37 meter) and shot put (11.32 meters) while setting personal-records in both events. In the weight throw, Kassadee Kuoha (13.27m) and Taylor Stringari (12.17m) finished directly behind Nessan in fourth and fifth place respectively.
In the men’s shot put competition, Forrest Cross landed the best throw of his collegiate career measuring 13.51 meters and finishing in eighth. His teammate, Brad Ostermiller finished fifth in the event with a throw of 14.51 meters.
The ‘Jackets were missing their top competitor in the weight throw as Nels Flanagan was in Boulder Colorado where earned a third place finish in the weight throw at the Colorado Invitational. His throw of 17.87 meters (58’ 7.5”) narrowly missed his school record mark from last week of 17.88. The Yellowjacket missed a second place finish by an inch as he finished behind two Colorado State throwers.
Also in the field in Bozeman, Brenna Beckett was the top finisher in the triple jump at a distance of 10.28 meters. Marcus Lindquist was one of two competitors in the men’s triple jump as he posted a mark of 12.51 meters.
In the high jump, Isaiah Girard finished tied for second at a height of 1.95 meter while Jamie Orme and Shaniah Schwend finished first and second in the women’s competition.
Mataia Robinson improved her marks in both of her events on Friday night. The senior finished in eight in the 60-meter dash (8.28) and 10th (28.78) in the 200.
Saturday, Jorey Egeland and Sam Zook will be in action for the Yellowjackets at the Colorado Invitational. Egeland will run the 5K will Zook competes in the 60 and 200-meter.