MSU track & field finishes strong in Last Chance Qualifier

The Montana State University men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the Bobcat Open – Last Chance Qualifier on Feb. 17 in Worthington Arena, facing off against the University of Montana Grizzlies. This was the final meet before the Conference Championships in Pocatello, Idaho on Feb. 23-25.

The women’s team took first in eight different events: senior Jacqueline Verlanic in the weight throw, sophomore Isabella Calabrese in the pole vault, junior Amanda Jaynes in the 60 meter hurdles, sophomore Alyssa Snyder in the 3000 meter run, junior Louisa Serpe in the 1600 meter run, senior Christie Schiel in the 800 meter run, Jaynes in the 200 meter dash and senior Daryan Box in the 60 meter dash.

Box also earned a personal record (PR) in the 60 meter dash, running a time of 7.70 seconds, placing her in the top five in MSU history. In the same event, senior Jessica Chrisp also ran a PR of 7.88 seconds, earning third place for MSU. In the weight throw, senior Jacqueline Verlanic threw a personal best of 17.19 meters, placing first ahead of senior Callen Crawford, who threw 15.95 meters.

Junior Amanda Jaynes took first in both the 200 meter dash and the 60 meter hurdles, earning a time of 8.68 seconds in the 60 meter dash and an altitude adjusted time of 25.50 seconds in the 200 meter dash, for fifth best in MSU history.

The men’s team took first in six events: junior Calvin Root took first in the weight throw, junior Kyle Douglass in the shot put, junior Luke Middelstadt in the pole vault, freshman Noah Martin in the high jump, junior Diego Leon in the 3000 meter run and senior Zachary Kughn in the 1600 meter run.

Martin earned a PR in the high jump, jumping 2.11 meters, ranking first in the Big Sky Conference this season, and earned a second PR in the long jump with a leap of 6.71 meters to earn him a third place finish. Junior Aidan Pedersen came in second place in the high jump with a PR of 2.01 meters. Finishing behind Kughn, sophomores Andrew Vandine and Martin Ponce both earned mile personal records of 4:23.27 and 4:19.17 minutes respectively. Junior Luke Middelstadt and senior Graham Reid both jumped personal bests of 4.75 meter in the pole vault, the win going to Middelstadt with the judge’s decision. Freshmen Jake Bradford and Knox Semenza both earned lifetime bests of 4.60 meter in pole vault, earning fourth and fifth place, respectively.

The MSU men’s and women’s track teams will travel to Idaho State’s Holt Arena to compete at the Big Sky Indoor Conference Championships Feb. 23-25. The meet will begin Thursday, Feb. 23 with the pentathlon and the heptathlon.