The men’s and women’s track teams held the MSU Dual Meet Invitational on Jan. 20 in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Bobcats competed against University of Montana, Idaho State and Utah State at their third meet of the indoor season. The men’s team was selected to finish fourth in the Big Sky Indoor Championships in the preseason coaches poll. The women were picked to finish eighth.
The men’s team beat Utah State 76-73, Idaho State 86-61 and University of Montana 89-57. The men’s team saw success and good marks across all events and swept both the 800 meter and the long jump. Sophomore Samuel Bloom placed first in the 800 with a time of 1:55.50, followed by teammates sophomore Diego Leon and sophomore Frankie Hoerner. Leon also won the 1600 meter in 4:04.99 adjusted for altitude, a career-best and seventh best in school history. Senior Mason Storm jumped 22-09.75 to win the long jump, with freshman Caleb Neth and junior Alex Lewis in second and third, respectively. Junior Calvin Root placed first in the weight throw with a throw of 60-05.25.
The Bobcat “A” 4×400 team, with junior Christopher Lange, freshman Bill Yeager, Bloom and sophomore Jadin Casey, beat Idaho State’s relay team by 0.02 seconds to score enough points to top Utah State in team scoring.
The women’s team was less successful than the men, outscoring both Utah State (76-68) and Idaho State (86-61), but falling to Montana (91.50-58.50). Montana won all three of their duals. Senior Daryan Box had a successful day, placing first in the 60 meter in a career-best time of 7.77 and second in the 200 meter in 25.75. Junior Taylor Buschy placed second in the 400 meter in a career-best time of 57.55. Seniors Jacqueline Verlanic and Callen Crawford placed second and third, respectively, in the weight throw.
Senior Christie Schiel placed first in the 800 meters and was rewarded as Big Sky Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week. Schiel’s altitude adjusted time of 2:09.15 was a personal best and put her at fourth fastest in school history. She now has the fastest 800 time in the conference and the 21st fastest in the nation. Schiel also competed in the team’s 4×400 relay which placed third.
The teams combined for 35 personal bests and multiple marks that made it into the program’s Top 10 list.