(Editor’s Note: MSUB Athletics Press Release)
HELENA, MT – A host of first-place finishes guided the Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets on Friday as they competed in the Carroll College Open. The ‘Jackets faced athletes from Carroll College, Rocky Mountain College and the University of Providence at the meet.
Brady Ostermiller took first in the shot put with his second consecutive throw of more than 50-feet. The sophomore notched a toss of 50’.75” (15.26m), falling just short of his throw of 50’5.5” from last week. Forrest Cross took third in the event with his second-best mark of the season and Beau Peaslee finished fifth.
“It was a really good meet overall,” head coach Jonathan Woehl said. “The throwers did really well, it was great to see Brady have another throw of over 50-feet. Everyone has been consistent and we’re getting better.”
The Yellowjackets won both of the discus competitions with Nels Flanagan and Hannah Nessan winning their respective divisions. Flanagan’s throw of 143’10” (43.85m) was his second-best of the season. Nessan also turned in her second furthest throw of the year on her way to a win in discus marking a throw of 130’7” (39.81).
Flanagan also led the pack in the hammer throw just 3-foot short of his MSUB-record. Taylor Stringari led the ‘Jackets with a mark of 128”1’ in the hammer.
In the jumps, Isaiah Girard, Marcus Lindquist and Janessa Williams all had first-place finishes for the ‘Jackets. Lindquist and William each won the triple jump while Girard won the long jump in Helena. Lindquist went 42’4.75” in the triple and Williams 34’7” in the event. Girard measured a long jump of 20’10.5” for his win.
“Jumping conditions weren’t ideal but they all fought through it,” Woehl noted. “We are capable of some better marks but I was really happy to see that Marcus was able to compete after dealing with some injuries.”
Williams and teammate Jamie Orme had person-bests in the high jump with a height of 5’.25” placing them in second and third. Shaniah Schwend took fourth in the event.
Schwend was part of the 4×100-meter relay team that set a new top-time for the 2018 Yellowjackets on Friday. The group led by Jewlz Collins with Michaela Johnson, Schwend and Anne Lory Chevalier took second at the meet with a time of 49.21. Collins and Chevalier bookended the 4×400 relay that also set a new season-best with a time of 4:14.92. Williams and Brenna Beckett ran the second and third leg of the 4×400 respectively.
Collins also set a new team-best in the 400 this season with her 59.63 placing her second in the event. Catrina Schuchard also set a team-best in her event, the 800, with a 2:27.93.
Johnson won the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.45 and placed third in the 100-dash (12.67). The sophomore is currently third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in the hurdles and sixth in the dash.
Drake Henson ran his fastest 800-meter of the season at the Carroll College Open. The freshman clocked a time of 1:56.60 at the meet. Mark Hovland had a personal-best in the 1,500 in a time of 4:03.88. Ronald Venema took third in the 5K with a time of 16:19.73. Nikki Aiken took fourth in the 5K clocking a 19:54.40.
Official results are posted on the Track and Field Results Reporting System.