Track continues successful season

The Bobcat Track and Field team continued their winning ways at the Bobcat Open on Feb. 20. Teams from Carroll College and UM came to Bozeman for the last meet of the indoor season before the Big Sky Conference Championships.

Senior Carley McCutchen posted the highest score in Big Sky Conference history in the pentathlon, becoming the first athlete to score over 4,000 points. Her total score was 4,034. She later competed in the 60-meter hurdles, breaking MSU’s record with a time of 8.59 seconds.

Sophomore Jessica Crisp and junior Danielle Muri also head to the Conference championships after qualifying in the pentathlon. Crisp earned a personal best of 3,527 at the Bobcat Open, and Muri qualified earlier in the season.

The women’s sprinters earned the top spots in every race from the 60-meter to the 800-meter. Senior Chantel Jaeger posted a personal best in the 60, running the race in 7.71. She also beat her record from the previous week in the 200 with a time of 24.19. Senior Paige Squire ran a personal best in the 60-meter hurdles, posting a time of 8.71.

The Cats took the top four spots in the 400-meter, with sophomore Josephine Petruska nabbing first in 56.49, and teammates Iris Hardarson (57.05), Taylor Buschy (57.95) and Lierin Flanagan (58.32) not far behind. Sophomore Kaylee Schmitz finished the 800-meter in 2:14.16, with freshman Lila Hamburg right behind in 2:15.74, to place second.

For the men, seniors Cristian Soratos and Matt Tex went one and two in the 800-meter, with Tex posting a personal best of 1:50.72. Senior Michael Tobin placed first in the 60-meter, with teammate Mitchell Horning just behind him for second place. Senior Rory Bauer nabbed first in the 400 in 49.20.

In the field events, senior Sean Ferriter continued his undefeated season in the weight throw. He threw for 64-03 feet, which leads the conference. Freshman Austin Decker posted a personal best in the pole vault, with a height of 16-00.75. Senior Jake Mushaben led the way in the long jump, with a leap of 22-07.

Soratos, Jaeger, Ferriter and McCutchen swept the Conference Player of the Week honors this past week. Soratos has received the honor all but one week this season, and continues to post nationally ranking times.


The conference championships take place in Flagstaff, Arizona on Feb. 26-28.