“I always laugh when I say that our sport is another sport’s punishment,” jokes Head Track and Field Coach, Dale Kennedy. Running, as well as jumping and throwing, takes a lot of hard work and dedication by the athletes. The Bobcats have shown exactly that throughout the indoor track season. The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams hosted a Conference Quad Dual Meet with University of Montana, Sacramento State and Eastern Washington at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on Friday, Feb. 5. With tight competition and great performances throughout, the men’s team swept up the competition, winning over University of Montana 87.50 to 57.50, Sacramento State 81.00 to 66.00 and Eastern Washington 86.00 to 55.00. The women’s team beat University of Montana 84.00 to 64.00, Eastern Washington 81.00 to 66.00 and tied with Sacramento State, each with 72.00 points.
On the men’s side, freshman Samuel Bloom for MSU took first in the 800 meter with a time of 1:57.70. Montana State swept the top three places in the 3,000 meter with sophomore Diego Leon, freshman Matthew Gotta and freshman Justice Lamar, respectively. Freshman Martin Ponce of MSU won the 1,600 meter with a time of 4:22.00, coming into the race with a previous time of 4:45.38. The men’s 1,600 meter relay took second to the University of Montana A team. In the men’s long jump, sophomore Alexander Lewis placed third with a qualifying jump of 23-00.50. In the Triple Jump, senior Kevin Close placed first with a jump of 47-07.00, a qualifying distance and a personal best. Sophomore Kyle Douglass won the Men’s Shotput, and sophomore Calvin Root won the Weight Throw.
On the women’s side, senior Casey Teska won the Pole Vault with a jump of 13-01.50, a season’s personal best. In the 200 meter competition, the Cats placed fourth through seventh, all within 0.27 seconds of each other. Juniors Christie Schiel and Kaylee Schmitz finished first and second in the 800 meter with times of 2:17.37 and 2:17.66, respectively. Schmitz also won the 1,600 meter run with a time of 5:04.76, with teammate sophomore Chiara Warner a close second with a time of 5:05.62. Kaytlyn Coleman of Eastern Washington set a new Fieldhouse record in the women’s weight throw with a throw of 66-05.75. The previous record was set in 2010 by Nicole Luchenbach of Eastern Washington with a throw of 65-09.00. Kennedy was excited with the results of the meet and the performances throughout the season, and said that the results reflect “a lot of hard work and commitment on the part of the student athletes.” With the Big Sky Conference Championships coming up at the end of the month, the Bobcats have two more meets, both at home, to qualify as many athletes as possible. The Conference Championships will be hosted at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse Feb. 25-27, 2016. “[Our goal for the season] is to continue to make progress from where we are this indoor season. I’d always felt like the indoor, even though there is an end in and of itself, is a springboard into the outdoor season as well” Kennedy said . The Bobcats will host University of Montana and Weber State on Feb. 12 at the Fieldhouse, as well as The Last Chance Qualifiers Meet on Feb. 19.