Schiel wins third conference title, breaks school record

The MSU Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams competed in the Big Sky Indoor Conference Championships on Feb. 23-25. Both teams finished in third place, an improvement over last season’s finishes of fifth for the men and eighth for the women. The women finished with 72.50 points and the men finished with 74.50. Northern Arizona University won both team titles.

Senior Christie Schiel came away a champion in the 800 meters with a personal best time and a new school record. Schiel had an altitude adjusted time of 2:07.69, eighth fastest in Big Sky Conference history. Schiel earned her third conference title and her first indoor title.

“It’s been a really awesome experience [running for MSU],” Schiel said. “It’s my fifth year and I was hoping to go out on top and it ended up working out.”

Sophomore Alyssa Snyder and freshman Makenna Ramsay earned Big Sky all-conference honors along with Schiel for the women’s team. Snyder placed second in the 3,000 meters and Ramsay finished second in the 400 meter with a personal best time of 55.19, good for eighth best in program history. Snyder’s adjusted time of 9:34.85 places her in sixth best in school history.

The men’s team also had three all-conference honors from sophomore Jadin Casey, junior Calvin Root and junior Luke Middlestadt. Casey placed second in the 400 meters, Root threw 62-02.50 in the weight throw to place third and Middlestadt finished third in the pole vault in 15-09.75, a personal best.

The track teams will begin the outdoor season on Mar. 25 for the Bobcat Invitational in Bozeman at the Bobcat Track and Field Complex.