By Shelby Morris
Saturday, Dec. 2 was a big day for Bobcat track and field. MSU hosted the Bobcat Preview inside the Worthington Arena marking an early start for the Cats, and proved to be a success. MSU ended with 13 impressive first place wins and multiple other victories. MSU competed against Carroll College and MSU-Billings in this pre-season meet.
In the 5,000-meter run, the MSU women’s record was beat not once, but twice. Alumni, Ariana Lee, set the record at 16:42.38 in 2004, but junior Caroline Hardin now has the honors at a striking 7.43 seconds faster. Lee was also beat by junior Bobcat, Kelsi Lasota, who followed Hardin for second place; beating Lee by 1.72 seconds. In other events, the winning streak continued as junior Elisabeth Krieger took first in the 400 with a time of 58.65, and junior Layne Oliver led the pace with a 5:04.26 mile. Some of the newest members on the team didn’t hesitate to make an impression as well. Freshman Morgan Evans won both the 60-meter and the 200. It was a great day for MSU runners.
On the other side of the arena it was all blue and gold for women’s pole vault. Sophomore Alex Hellenberg led the Bobcats to first place clearing an impressive 12-00. Following her lead and placing next were all Cats: freshman Amber Prevedello, junior Isabella Calabrese, sophomore Carter Theade and sophomore Aubrey Kessel. In the triple jump, junior Truanne Roginski dazzled as she managed to jump 36-10.25, taking first.
The versatility of the team displayed true athleticism. Hellenberg also took second place in the long jump (18-03.25) and Roginski was runner up in the 60m (7.79).
The men’s team had an equally magnificent turnout. In the 200, senior Mitch Horning led the way at 22.3 seconds, followed by MSU’s junior Jadin Casey and freshman Parker Walton. Casey was also first to finish in the 400. As for the 5,000-meter, it was yet again reigning blue and gold as second, third and fourth place were taken by sophomore Ty Mogan, junior Anthony Schmalz and freshman Collin Buck.
Returning seniors, Calvin Root and Kyle Douglass made a name for MSU throwing. In the weight throw, Root accomplished a personal best of 62-07.75, taking first overall. Douglass also had a first-place victory in shot put, marking 59-05.50 and in the same event, sophomore Alec Nehring took third place earning a life-time best of 55-06.50. These Bobcats showed up with experience and it paid off.
The Cats couldn’t help but leap for joy as sophomore Caleb Neth took a win at 21-06.25 inches in the long jump and it was nothing but first place for both sophomore Noah Martin in the high jump and senior Trevor Simanski in the triple jump.
The Bobcat Preview was exciting for both players and coaches. Head Coach Dale Kennedy said, “we’ve got a chance to look at our freshmen and see how they could handle the collegiate moment.” Seeing how great the Cats did last weekend, Kennedy says he is “hoping this is a motivator for our kids to see if they need to step up or if they’re in a good spot…” Starting Jan. 8 and going to Jan. 9, the Bobcats will host a multis dual and combined events in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.