After a quiet day in the multi-events, the Montana track and field teams made some noise on the track on Thursday night at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, California.
Emily Pittis, who dropped her PR from 17:43.84 to 17:00.35 at the season-opening Al Manuel Northwest Duals, finished second in her section in the 5,000 meters in a time of 16:50.48.
Jessica Bailey took nine seconds off her PR in the steeplechase, winning her section in a time of 10:31.10.
They were the only two runners competing for Montana during the meet’s distance carnival, which featured 24 sections of the men’s and women’s steeplechase and 5,000 meters, and nearly 600 athletes.
The races followed a mostly subdued day by a record-holding thrower and the Grizzlies’ top three multi-event athletes.
Over at El Camino College in Torrance, Hana Feilzer fouled on her three attempts in the hammer at the Mt. SAC Relays, making it three straight meets without a mark for the junior after breaking her own school record with a throw of 205-11 at the Al Manuel.
In the women’s heptathlon at Azusa, Erika McLeod, the defending Big Sky Conference champion, finished 11th with a score of 5,003 points, more than 500 off her PR.
She opened the day going 17-5 in the long jump, then went 109-7 in the javelin and closed with a nice time of 2:19.30 in the 800 meters.
Nicole Stroot took a DNF in the heptathlon. After marks of 17-6.5 in the long jump and 90-6 in the javelin, she did not start the 800 meters.
Hindered by leg injuries, freshman Brendan Thurber-Blaser only recorded two scores in the final five events of the decathlon.
He had a DNF in the 110-meter hurdles, a no-height in the pole vault and a DNF in the 1,500 meters. In between he went 126-2 in the discus and a season-best 187-7 in the javelin.
Most of Montana’s 22 athletes who traveled to Southern California will be in action on Friday as the Bryan Clay Invitational wraps up at Azusa Pacific.
— Montana Sports Information