Led by senior Carley McCutchen’s MSU record-breaking heptathlon performance, the Bobcat track and field team continued setting records this past week in California, . McCutchen earned 5,461 points — good enough for fifth place — at the California Invitational in Walnut on April 15-17, breaking current MSU coach Erin Jones-Graf’s 2006 record of 5,434.
McCutchen’s teammates also placed in the heptathlon, both grabbing personal bests. Junior Danielle Muri finished 11th with a total of 5,006, and sophomore Jessica Chrisp grabbed 19th place with 4,705 points.
McCutchen had an outstanding meet, placing in the top 10 in five of seven events. She nabbed fifth place in the 200 meter with a time of 24.67, a personal best. She also placed fifth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.33
Muri also did well, placing third in the shot put in 40-02 and grabbing seventh in the javelin with 117-05 feet. Chrisp placed 10th in the 200 meter, finishing in a personal best 25.13. She finished 18th in the high jump with a height of 5-03.75 as well.
The hammer throwers were also in action, this time at the Bryan Clay Classic the same day. Senior Sean Ferriter finished third overall, throwing for 198-04. Junior Zach Sharp threw a 178-03, and freshman Taylor Pfister heaved for 124-0.
The Cats continued breaking records at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, California on April 18. The women’s 4×100 relay of McCutchen and seniors Iris Hardarson, Paige Squire and Chantel Jaeger broke the Big Sky Conference record, running in 3:40.65.
Junior Jake Turner qualified for conference in the 3,000 steeplechase, after placing fifth in 9:06.52, and the 5,000 meter, finishing in 14:16.98. Senior Heather Demorest nabbed fifth in the women’s steeplechase, running in 10:22.54, and fourth in the 1,500 meter in 4:25.18.
Senior Cristian Soratos finished second in the 1,500, running it in 3:41.17. Senior Michael Asay ran a season best in the 5,000, finishing in 14:31.94.
On the women’s side, Jaeger tied MSU’s 200m record, with a finish of 23.99. Squire found a new personal best in the 100m hurdles, placing third with a time of 14.08.
The Cats also found success in the field events, with pole vaulters junior Casey Teska finishing fifth with a height of 12-00.05, and senior Ryan Kropp nabbing fourth place.
The Bobcats head to Missoula next for the Cat/Griz Dual on April 25. The Cats return home on May 8 for the Tom Gage Classic, the last home meet of the season, and the final meet before the Big Sky Conference Championships.
Cristian Soratos athlete profile