Track takes seventh at conference

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams finished seventh overall this weekend at the Big Sky Indoor Conference Championships in Pocatello, Idaho. The men were led by first place finishes from seniors Chris Wilson in the 200 meter and Matthew Tex in the 800 meter, along with a first place finish in the distance medley relay. Wilson, who was just edged off the podium in the 60 meter by one-hundredth of a second, stormed back in the 200 meter to win with a school-record time of 21.27 seconds. Tex won his second straight indoor 800 meter title with a time of 1:52.3 seconds.

On the women’s side, MSU relied on a number of second place finishes to get their points. Senior Amber Amsbaugh grabbed silver in the high jump; sophomore Casey Teska flew to a second place finish in the pole vault, and sophomore Kaylee Schmitz finished second in the 800 meter. The women also got points from their 4x400m relay team, who snagged another silver.

Unfortunately, both the men and the women couldn’t scrape together enough points to break into the upper half of the conference, each missing out on higher place finishes by only a point. Northern Arizona took home the team titles for both the men and the women by a large margin. NAU finished over 20 points ahead of the next closest team on both sides and was led by 10 first place finishes from their athletes.Track takes seventh at conference

The Cats will look to use the indoor season as a building block when the outdoor season kicks off on March 28.