Despite conditions that ranged from snow to sun and everything in between, both the men’s and women’s track teams emerged victorious in the Bobcat Open on April 5. In the first of two home meets this season, the Cats beat out archrival Montana and Eastern Washington by scores of 137-132-42 for the men and 137-114-97 for the women. Carroll College and MSU-Billings were also in attendance but were not counted in the scored portion of the meet.
The Cats relied on a slew of top performances to get on the podium. The men took first in eight events including wins by senior Chris Wilson in both the 100m dash and the 200m dash. Wilson also anchored the winning 4x100m team. Senior Matthew Tex won the 1500m with junior teammate Grant Grosvenor finishing right behind him. On the field side, sophomore Tanner Gambill snagged a win in the javelin and junior Sean Ferritier won the hammer throw.
The women notched wins in nine events, including both relays. Junior Iris Hardarson won the 800m and senior Heather Demorest raced to a victory in the 1500m. Senior Amber Amsbaugh also earned gold with a first place in the high jump. Junior Chantel Jaeger swept the sprints, dominating the 100m and 200m dashes.
After the meet, sophomore 4×400 relay member John Daubert commented, “As a team the season has gone really well so far. We have already qualified quite a few people for the conference meet and there have been a lot of really good marks.”
The team will travel next week to the University of Utah to compete in the Utah Spring Classic meet on April 11 as well as the Innovation Invitational hosted by Weber State on April 12.