MSU track takes Ogden by storm

A number of outstanding performances gave the Bobcats a solid third meet to their outdoor season. With one meet under their belt in Missoula, the team traveled this time to Ogden, Utah to the Wildcat Open to compete against schools from Utah and Idaho.

On the men’s side, Cristian Soratos smashed out a new 1,500 meter record for the school in an altitude-adjusted 3:39.74, taking first place. Junior javelin throwers Ty Bermes and Tanner Gambill took one and two with throws of 221-02 and 216-10, respectively. Hammer throwers Sean Ferriter and Zach Sharp also took first and second, Ferriter with a throw of 210-04 and Sharp at 176-02.

The women’s side had many impressive results as well, starting with sprinters Chantel Jaeger, Josephine Petruska and Iris Hardarson taking first, second and fourth in the 400 meter dash. Senior Heather Demorest had a standout steeplechase performance with a her time of 10.35.22 placing her nearly 40 seconds ahead of the next finisher. Teammates Jenette Northey finished in 11:19.37 and Jayne Olver in 11:33.77.

“I felt good about my performance, especially because it was my first one back. It made me optimistic for lots of progress and fast times this year,” Demorest said.

Relay teams on the women’s side also demonstrated strong performances. The 4×100 lead by Carley McCutchen posted a time of 46.74. The team consisted of McCutchen, Hardarson, Paige Squire and Jaeger. The 4×400 closed out the meet with a number four spot on the MSU top ten record list in a time of 3:42.23, the team made up of Petruska and the same 4×10 order of Hardarson, Squire, and Jaeger.

Coach Dale Kennedy said in post-meet comments, “It was a great weekend for the whole team. I’m really proud of how the team competed today. We’re sitting at a great spot three weeks into the season.”

Select athletes will head to the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, California this next weekend, April 15-18. The next home meet will be on May 8 at the Tom Gage Classic.