Track and field season off to promising start

Heading into the new year, the MSU Track and Field Team’s upcoming season looks bright. In a recent coaches poll for the top teams in the Big Sky Conference, voted on by the 12 coaches, Montana State was ranked fourth in the conference for both men and women. Hopefully, this upcoming season will reflect that and pan out similarly to last year, where both Bobcat teams finished third, much higher than expected.

To start off the 2018 season, the men faced University of Montana for the Multis Dual Meet Invitation on Jan. 8. Sophomore Noah Martin cleared 2.11 meters in the high jump, tying his career high and finishing in third place. Senior Mason Storm also placed top three in shot put, with his career-best distance of 37-05 feet.

Combined, both the men and women at the MSU Invitational on Jan. 12 swept the opponents in each of the four relays, and had 17 first-place finishes in total. For ten of the events, the men had the top finisher, as well as the women in three of the five individual running events. One of these was sophomore Anna French, who had a time of 17 minutes, 21 seconds in the 5,000 meter run. Even better, she is now placed fifth in the program’s history after her time was converted to 16 minutes, 46 seconds because of altitude and track size.

For the men’s field events, four men took first place: Martin in high jump, senior Calvin Root in weight throw, senior Kyle Douglass in the shot put, and sophomore Wyatt Thompson-Siporen in pole vault for his debut.

As for the track events, senior Mitch Morning took first place in the 200-meter dash along with freshman Collin Buck in the 5,000 meter, and junior Jadin Casey in the 400-meter dash.

The Bobcats’ next meet is on Friday, Jan. 19 where they will return to Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. They will host Idaho State, University of Montana and Utah State.