Worthington Arena played host to track and field once again last Friday, Jan. 24. This time around the Bobcats competed against Idaho State and UM. The men’s side conquered both the Griz and the Bengals, and many athletes qualified for the Big Sky Conference meet. These qualifying athletes included junior Sean Ferriter in the weight throw, senior Trevor Gilreath in the shot put, and senior Jacob Kirk and junior Michael Asay in the mile. Senior Trevor Polson qualified for conference in the 3,000 meter run and won the event for the meet, adding to the list of 13 first place finishes for the night.
The women’s side placed second overall in the meet, being barely edged out by the Griz. Standout athletes included junior Chantel Jaeger, who placed first in her 55 meter sprint. Senior Mary Koppy did exceptionally well and achieved a personal record while placing first in the weight throw. Sophomore Christie Schiel qualified for conference and made her best time in the mile at 5:06, with freshman Jenette Northey not far behind her at 5:09, also a personal best. In addition, sophomore Kaylee Schmitz fought hard in the 800 meter run and punched her ticket to the conference meet.
In order for the athletes to reach a high level during competition, the team strives to support each other by creating strong camaraderie during meets. “We all try to gather before the competition begins so we can do a little pump-up and pep talk. And we try to be as supportive as we can by staying aware of all the field events and track events going on so we can cheer on our teammates,” senior sprinter Nick Melone said.
This will cater the team in their future competitions. They will travel to Gillette, Wyo. for the Powder River Dual this weekend against Wyoming.