(MSU Billings release)
DES MOINES, Iowa – With outstanding performances in five events, the Montana State University Billings track and field team has been a force at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Beau Ackerman had the biggest performance for the Yellowjackets as he crushed his own MSUB record while winning the javelin with a throw of 226’9” (69.13m). It is the fourth longest throw in GNAC history and the third longest mark in the nation this season. All three of Ackerman’s throws measured longer than any throw from another collegiate athlete in the event.
Jorey Egeland was the first Yellowjacket to take to the track in the 3,000-meter steeplechase where he finished in second-place. The senior ran the event in a time of 9:06.80, a provisional qualifying time for Division II nationals. The mark is currently the third fastest in the GNAC this season and 20th in the nation. Egeland competed in a field with a mix of Division I and II athletes and finished behind Riley McInerney from Eastern Illinois (8:55.18).
On Friday morning the ‘Jackets got an early start with the men’s 4×100 relay. The team of Lamont Frisby, Mason Schram, Kaelen Shay and Sam Zook ran a time of 41.59 in qualifying to earn a spot in Saturday’s 2:18 p.m. central time final. The quartette of ‘Jackets finished fifth in a field of 31 teams while fishing third in a heat that produced four of the eight qualifying teams.
In the 100-dash, Zook placed 15th with a time of 10.60. All eight finalists in the event compete at the Division I level and Zook was the top Division II finisher. In the 200-dash, Zook placed 11th for the ‘Jackets with a time of 21.51. The Yellowjackets will conclude competition on Saturday with the 4×100 relay team competing in the final at 2:27 p.m. Central Time.
Results will be posted on the Track and Field Results Reporting System after the conclusion of competition.