Bobcats sweep competition, prepping for Conference Championships

On Feb. 12, the men’s and women’s track teams swept up the competition in a dual meet against University of Montana, Weber State and University of Northern Colorado. The men’s team beat Weber State 81.00 to 61.00, Northern Colorado 85.00 to 55.00 and Montana 82.00 to 64.00 points. The women beat Weber State 89.00 to 53.00, Northern Colorado 89.00 to 54.00 and Montana 81.00 to 68.00 points.

Tristan Gray competes in high hump.
Tristan Gray competes in high hump.
Zach Sharp threw 18.16m in the meet on Feb. 12.
Zach Sharp threw 18.16m in the meet on Feb. 12.

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Luke Middelstadt flies 4.35m in the pole vault. Photos by Parker Fairey
Luke Middelstadt flies 4.35m in the pole vault. Photos by Parker Fairey

For the women, sophomore Amanda Jaynes and junior Daryan Box placed second and fourth in the 200. Junior Josephine Petruska placed fourth in the 400 meter with a time of 57.56. Junior Kaylee Schmitz placed first in the 800 meter, running an adjusted time of 2:08.55, just 0.05 seconds short of the MSU school record set in 1998 by Christine Otte, with teammate freshman Kendra Larson behind her in third place. Freshman Alyssa Snyder won the 1,600 meter with a time of 5:03.79. The Bobcats placed second in the 1,600 meter relay with a time of 3:55.83. Seniors Alisa Gilchrist and Danielle Rider placed second and fifth in the high jump, with jumps of 5-05.00 and 5-03.00, respectively. Rider also placed third in the long jump. Senior Leah Cook took first in the triple jump with a jump of 36-05.50. Senior Casey Teska, once again, won the pole vault with a height of 12-05.50. In the weight throw competition, the Lady Cats placed third through fifth.

On the men’s side, sophomore Mitchell Horning placed third in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.02 seconds. Freshman Jadin Casey and junior Eric Zechenelly placed fourth and fifth in the 400 meter. Freshman Samuel Bloom won the 800 meter in a time of 1:57.04. In the 1,600 meter, sophomore Diego Leon and freshman Martin Ponce took first and second with times of 4:20.65 and 4:21.97, respectively. Freshman Matthew Gotta and Justice Lamer placed first and second in the 5,000 meter. Gotta ran a winning time of 15:14.51, more than 21 seconds ahead of his competitors. The men’s 1,600 meter relay took second with a time of 3:19.87. Junior Austin Decker placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 15-03.00. Senior Kevin Close placed first in the triple jump with a jump of 46-01.25, with teammates junior Trevor Simanski placing second and sophomore Alex Lewis placing fourth. Sophomore Kyle Douglass remains first in the Conference in the shot put, placing first with a throw of 53-01.00. Sophomore Calvin Root placed second in both the shot put and the weight throw, behind senior Zach Sharp, who threw a winning toss of 59-07.00 in the weight throw.  
The Bobcats have qualified 13 men and five women with automatic marks. For athletes that have not already qualified, the Last Chance Qualifiers meet will be held on Feb. 19 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. There are 27 possible entries for the top 16 in the Championships, with 19 Bobcats on the men’s side competing for those entries. The Cats have 19 women in the top 16 looking to place in 26 event entries. Conference Championships will be held at home, in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, on Feb. 25-27. There is lots of hype for the Bobcats going into the next two meets. As MSU Head Coach Dale Kennedy said, “Only two more meets until showtime!”