The Montana State University Track and Field team hosted the Idaho State Bengals and the Weber State Wildcats Feb. 3 and 4 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in the Bozeman Running Co. Dual Meet Invitational. The Bobcats swept both teams, with the men winning 100-36 over the Bengals and 91.50-52.50 over the Wildcats. The women also earned dual victories, triumphing over Weber State 77-70 and defeating Idaho State 93.50-44.50.
The women’s team saw strong finishes in this meet, with a top three finisher in nearly every event and first place in pole vault, the 4×400 meter relay and the indoor pentathlon. The men also excelled this weekend, seizing first place wins in the heptathlon, weight throw, shot put, triple jump, long jump, pole vault, high jump, the 4×400 meter relay, the mile run, the 5,000 meter run, the 800 meter run and the 200 meter dash.
Sophomore Samuel Bloom and freshman McKenna Ramsay joined the all-time top 10 list, with Bloom earning a personal record of 1:52.85 in the 800, the 6th fastest time in Montana State history and first in the Big Sky Conference for this season. Ramsay ran a time of 56.72 in the 400, placing her 9th in Montana State history and second in the Big Sky Conference.
Additional victories were earned by sophomore Isabella Calabrese, who placed first in three of the five women’s indoor pentathlon events and earned first in pole vault. Freshman Caleb Neth finished first in five of the seven men’s heptathlon events. Junior Amanda Jaynes earned fifth in Bobcat history in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.69, and senior Christie Schiel ran a mile time of 5:00.37, seventh fastest in the women’s event in MSU history.
Junior Diego Leon earned the seventh best time in NCAA Division 1 track and field this season with his altitude adjusted mile time of 3:59.13, making him only the third Bobcat to run under 4 minutes. Further, MSU’s 4×400 relay team of junior Christopher Lange, freshman Tyler McQueen, freshman Bill Yeager and sophomore Jadin Casey earned a season best time of 3:19.40, the best time in the Big Sky Conference this year. With these and several other event wins, the MSU Bobcats earned 17 event victories at this meet.
The MSU track and field team will face Idaho State again next week, Feb. 10-11 in Pocatello, Idaho.
By Jana Gemmill