Bobcat Track and Field kicked off their outdoor season in Missoula after preseason polls were announced, with the women in second place and the men in third. MSU, Montana, Eastern Washington, MSU-Billings, Rocky Mountain College and Carroll College all converged for the Al Manual Invitational at the University of Montana on March 27-28 for the spring season opener.
The MSU men grabbed 11 top three finishes, with more than half being the top finish. Senior Seth Garbett won the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:26.54, senior Rory Bauer ran a 49.04 400m, good for first place, and freshman Jory Fisher won the 800m in 1:54.01.
For field events, junior Tanner Gambill and sophomore Ty Bermes went one-two in the javelin, with distances of 61.38m and 59.21m, respectively. Freshman Kyle Douglass nabbed first place in the shot put with a distance of 50-07.50. Senior Shae Stein and freshman Alex Lewis went two-three in the long jump, with distances of 20-09.00 and 20-07.75, respectively.
On the women’s side, senior Carley McCutchen continued her impressive senior season, winning the long jump in 18-00.25, and nabbing second in the high jump, reaching a height of 5-03.00.
Senior jumper Amy Rovira lost the tiebreak in the pole vault to UM’s Nicole Anskaitis, but still got second on the podium, with a height of 11-03.75.
The throwers were successful in their first time out for the season. Sophomore Jacqueline Verlanic threw for 50.65 meters, leading the way for a Bobcat sweep of third through fifth place. Senior Madison Willis heaved for 46.99 meters, and junior Brittnee Grimstad followed with 46.66 meters.
Sophomore Josephine Petruska led the Cats sprinters, winning the 200m in 25.53 seconds. She also nabbed second in the 100m in 12.52 seconds.
The Cats start their home season on April 4 for the Montana State Invitational. Field events start at 10:30 a.m.