The Griz and the Weber State Wildcats congregated to Worthington Arena last Friday for another tri-meet track and field performance. This meet allowed for more chances to qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championships and also gave the Bobcats a chance to battle against their rivals in a wide array of events.
Each of these events the Bobcats succeeded in, in both men’s and women’s teams. Highlights included senior Trevor Gilreath’s winning throw in the shot put at 54’5.25”, and senior Ryan Kropp’s lifetime best pole vault of 16’2.25”.
On the women’s side, junior Iris Hardarson earned a second qualification for Big Sky in the 400, running 56.51 seconds. Her first qualification is for the 800 meters.
Senior Chantal Jaeger had quite the meet: running three events in which she took first place; the 55 meters, 200 meters, and she was the starting leg for the winning 4×400 meter relay. Freshman Jenette Northey also had stellar performances in the distance races, where she qualified for conference in the mile with a time of 5:05. She has already qualified in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
With all of these qualifications, the team’s hard work is paying off. Hardarson commented on this platform the team created, saying, “The biggest thing that coach tries to instill in us is confidence. Confidence in ourselves, confidence in our training, and confidence in each other. I think that when all of us go to compete, if we have a confident attitude, the success falls into place.”
This was the second-to-last meet that the Bobcats had to qualify for Big Sky. The excellent performances by athletes dominated the results. The women’s team was able to sweep both Montana and Weber in the end with a solid victory.
This overall success was important to the women’s team in more ways than one, “We lost to Montana in a double dual earlier in the season, so it was great to come back with a win the second time around. I think everyone had a really great meet Friday night, and it all came together for us. With conference less than two weeks away, it was a good confidence boost,” Hardarson said.
The men’s team beat Weber but were edged out by Montana in the end, although more Bobcats qualified for the conference meet. Next week, Worthington Arena will host the Montana Open as the last chance for the athletes to qualify for conference.