The Bobcat Invitational took place at Worthington Arena in Bozeman on Friday, Feb. 2. Individuals representing Montana and Wyoming schools, including Montana State, Carroll College, Gillette College and Montana State University-Billings competed. With only three meets left, many Bobcats competed heavily to earn themselves a spot in the 2018 Big Sky Conference (BSC) Indoor Track and Field Championships in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The action began on Friday evening, and the Bobcats did not disappoint. The men’s and women’s teams combined for an incredible 33 personal bests, and altered eight Bobcat all-time top-ten marks. Furthermore, the Bobcats took first place in 25 of the 32 events.
Notable results included sophomore Alec Nehring, who threw for an impressive 56’8”, putting him ninth all-time for the Cats and in first place for the event on Friday. Sophomore Wyatt Thompson-Siporen vaulted his way to first place in the event and fifth for the Cats all-time after clearing 16’6.75,” which is second best in the Big Sky so far this season.
Freshman sprinter Trisha Carlson made her mark by taking first place in the 200- meter-dash with a time of 2:11.97, slingshotting her to sixth all-time as a Bobcat. Junior Jadin Casey and freshman Parker Walton both also performed well in the 200-meter dash, setting times of 22.15 and 22.16 seconds, respectively, taking first and second place and making their way into MSU’s top 10 all-time for the event. Sophomore distance runners Cameron Carroll and Ty Mogan each set the best times thus far in the Big Sky Conference for the 800-meter dash and the 5000-meter run, respectively, and are both in the top 10 all-time at MSU after Friday.
A plethora of other Bobcats set lifetime bests at the meet and are on a roll just in time for the conference championships.The Bobcats next meet is on Friday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. at Worthington Arena; conference opponents Weber State, Idaho State and Montana will be competing in the dual-scoring contest.