MSU’s Track and Field Teams tore through each of their three competitors this past weekend. They hosted Utah State, Idaho State and University of Montana on Friday, Jan. 19. It was a strong day of competition for the Bobcats, with three top 10 entries in the school’s program history from both the women’s and men’s sides.
The men’s team swept each of their opponents, outscoring Utah State (78-59), Idaho State (86-53) and Montana (89-55). Junior Jaden Casey upgraded his placement in the school’s records from third to second after his first-place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.78 seconds. Senior Mitch Horning beat his competition in the 200-meter dash after sprinting a time of 22.29 seconds, while also placing second in the 60-meter in 6.99 seconds. In long jump, sophomore Caleb Neth jumped highest (22-03.75) and also placed fifth in pole vault (13-01.50). Coming in second for the 60-meter dash hurdles was freshman Drake Schneider at 8.5 seconds, and he also took third place for the 400-meter in 50.07 seconds. Both were a personal best for Schneider.
The women also swept their opponents, outscoring Idaho State (82-65), Utah State (74-67) and Montana (89-55). Junior Caroline Hardin paced herself to ninth all-time in Bobcat history for the 3000-meter run after earning a time of 9 minutes, 47.11 seconds. She placed second by just over half a second to Josie Givens from Utah State. Making MSU history again, junior Kendra Larson finished first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 12 seconds. This time moved her up to the seventh fastest in the team’s records. Senior Amanda Jaynes placed first in two events, the 200-meter dash in 25.54 seconds and the 60-meter hurdles at 8.75 seconds, while sophomore McKenna Ramsay finished a strong second in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash.
It was a good day for the Bobcats after a sweep across the boards for both the men’s and women’s team. They next compete in Gillette on Saturday, Jan. 27 against University of Wyoming.