(MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS – Taking advantage of the Dickinson State Last Chance Invitational on Friday, the Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets recorded numerous season-bests across an array of events.
Michaela Johnson had the biggest personal-best performance as she shaved more time off of her MSUB-record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.57. Before conversion for the conference rankings, the time is the third-best in the GNAC this season. Johnson won the event in Dickinson and has won the event three times this season.
Also sprinting her way to a first-place finish was Jewlz Collins. The MSUB sprinter took first in the 100-dash with a 12.66 mark. Collins also ran for the ‘Jackets in both the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×400-meter relay.
In the 4×100, Collins led followed by Johnson, Shaniah Schwend and Brenna Beckett. The four ‘Jackets complete the race in a time of 49.40, beating the only other team in the field. In the 4×400, the Yellowjackets ran alone. With Collins leading off for the second time on the day, MSUB ran their fastest time of the season with Janessa Williams Myhia Metzenberg and Beckett following Collins’ lead.
“I thought Michaela and Jewlz had great day,” head coach Jonathan Woeh said of the sprinters. “They each had PRs, and it is great to see Michaela continue to improve. Jewlz did a lot for us and competed at a high-level. It was also impressive to see the 4×400 run so well with little practice together. They should be ready to go next week. It was huge to have Myhia step us for us like that.”
The men’s sprinters were also setting new personal-bests on Friday as Mason Schram (10.58), Lamont Frisby (10.61) and Kaelen Shay (10.99) placed second third and fifth in the 100-dash respectively. The trio also beat their 200-meter times at the meet with Schraming winning the event in a time of 22.06 with Frisby (22.08) in second and Shay (22.73) in fourth.
In the throws, Taylor Stringari had a big personal-best in the hammer throw with a mark of 43.08 meters. Teammate Kassidy Kuoha also set a new high-mark with a distance of 40.57m in the event.
Hailey Steinbeisser set a new season best in the shot put with her throw of 11.19m placing her third. Hannah Nessan took second in the event with a mark of 11.20m.
Brady Ostermiller earned a pair of first-place finishes in the shot put (15.26m) and the discus (42.60m) to lead MSUB throwers. Nels Flanagan took first in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.75m. Beau Peaslee finished just behind Flanagan with a throw of 42.17m ranking second. Forrest Cross competed in all three throws and earned his top finish in the discus with a throw of 40.30m.
Nessan was the women’s top discus thrower with a second-place mark of 37.07m. Stringari took fifth (33.77m) in the discus and Kuoha (31.74m) finished sixth.
Hailey Warren had a best in the javelin with a throw of 29.44 meters while placing eighth. Dillon Gongliewski placed third in the javelin with a throw of 50.58.
Personal-best performances continued with the jumping group. Isaiah Girard tied his best in the high jump with a height of 1.98 meters and took third with a personal-record long jump of 6.89m.
Jamie Orme finished fifth in the long jump with a season-best 5.15m while Schwend (5.21m) and Beckett (5.18m) finished in third and fourth respectively.
Beckett’s triple jump of 11.00m is a new best for her as she finished in fourth behind Schwend (11.16m) in third. Williams took fifth in the event at 10.78. Williams had the top finish in the high jump with a leap of 1.50m.
Drake Henson won the 800-meter with a time of 1:58.49 and Nikki Aiken (11:52.77) took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Running the 3,000, Ronald Venema (9:35.74) and Jack Pickell (10:10.63) placed second and eighth respectively.
The Yellowjackets will travel to Monmouth, Ore. next weekend for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships. Official results are posted on the Track and Field Results Reporting System.