The Bobcat track and field teams traveled to Missoula April 1 and 2 to take on Big Sky rivals Montana, Idaho and Eastern Washington in the Al Manual Quad Dual.
While Montana shined the brightest at the meet, the Cats topped the Vandals of Idaho and Eagles of Eastern Washington.The Bobcat women scored 137 points to the Vandals’ 52, and scored 115.5 points to the Eagles 68.5. The Cats dualed closely with Montana, but fell to the Griz by 12 points. The Bobcat men scored 122 points to the Eagles’ 54 points and outscored the Vandals 120 to 49 points.
“We’re still battling some sickness and injuries that affect our overall results,” MSU Head Coach Dale Kennedy said. “There were some great individual performances today. We have some work to do, but it’s early in the outdoor season. We have time to tune up in our upcoming meets and practices to get healthy and ready for conference.”
For the women’s running events, Jenette Northey got things started for the Cats by taking first in the Women’s 3000 meter steeplechase with a qualifying time of 11:06.04. In the women’s 100 meter hurdles Amanda Jaynes finished second behind unattached Lindsay Hall with a time of 14.60, recording a personal best and qualifying for the conference championships. Elisabeth Krieger finished first and Taylor Buschy finished third in the 400 meter dash for the Bobcats with times of 58.25 and 59.14 respectively. Christie Schiel won the 800 for the second week in a row, clocking in at 2:13.37, and Alyssa Snider won the 5000 meter run with a time of 17:38.05. Jessica Chrisp won the women’s high jump for the Bobcats, clearing 5-05.
For the men, Matthew Gotta won the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:31.72, and Samuel Bloom won the 800 meter run with a time of 1:56.31. Jadin Casey finished second in the 400, with a qualifying time of 48.88. The Cats went one-two in the hammer throw for the second week in a row, with Zach Sharp and Calvin Root throwing 193-00 and 171-04, respectively. Kyle Douglas threw 54-00.50 in the shot-put and 166-10 in the discus to win both events for Montana State. Kevin Close qualified for the triple jump, jumping 45-08.50 to win the event for the Cats. The Bobcats will travel to Utah on April 8 and 9 to compete in the Utah Invitational and Wildcat Open in Salt Lake City.