Bobcats set numerous PBs at Beach Invitational

Bobcats set numerous PBs at Beach Invitational

LONG BEACH, Calif — Five different Bobcats altered the track and field program’s all-time top 10 chart to highlight Montana State’s performance at the Beach Invitational on Saturday at Long Beach State’s Jack Rose Track. (Results)

Seniors Kyle Douglass and Mason Storm completed top-10 showings and altered the Bobcat record book.

Douglass took fifth overall in the shot put by crossing over 60 feet with a toss of 60-01.25 (18.32m) which was a new outdoor lifetime-best mark for the MSU thrower. His shot put moved him from fourth to second all-time in program history, trailing by 9 inches Dennis Black’s school-record mark he set in 1994. Douglass also maintained his top spot among Big Sky competitors in the event this season.

Storm took 10th in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.44 seconds. That time moved him all the way to fifth in the event in Bobcat history and is the fifth-best mark in the Big Sky during the outdoor campaign.

Three other top-10 program altering marks occurred on the track.

Freshman Drake Schneider jumped to the top of the Big Sky performance list with a sixth-place showing in the 400 hurdles. His time of 52.70 also tied him for 10th on MSU’s 400 hurdles top 10 list.

Junior Jadin Casey finished 10th in the 400 in a time of 47.67 that moved him to the No. 5 slot in Bobcat history. His mark was a personal-best outdoors and is currently the third fastest in the Big Sky Conference.

Freshman Trisha Carlson wrapped up her weekend in California by moving into the MSU outdoor 800 top 10. She clocked in at 2:12.40 to jump into 10th on the event list for the Bobcats.

Multiple Bobcats recorded personal-best times or marks throughout the meet.

On the women’s side, Morgan Evans finished with lifetime bests in both the 100 (12.42) and the 100 hurdles (14.82). Rachael McGree, a freshman from Butte Central, crossed the line in the 100 hurdles in a personal-best time of 15.30, while Brookelyn Palin registered her best discus throw as a Bobcat by reaching a mark of 142-05 (43.41m).

Bill Yeager (400), Caleb Neth (400), Alec Nehring (discus) and Calvin Root (discus) put down personal-best performances in an event apiece.

Amanda Jaynes, McKenna Ramsay and Mitch Horning all completed solid double-event efforts in stacked fields for MSU on Saturday.

Jaynes placed third in the women’s 400 hurdles (58.31) and 21st in the 100 hurdles (14.12). Ramsay finished 12th in the 400 in a time of 55.44 – which is the fifth fastest among Big Sky women this season – and also finished 33rd in the 200 (24.97). Horning took 17th out of 83 runners in the men’s 200 (22.07) and also finished 35th in the 100 (10.93).

Both of MSU’s teams saw solid performances from its athletes going against competition from across the country.

Carley Vonheeder made her second appearance of the weekend and took 23rd in the javelin with a throw of 140-05 (42.80m). Taylor Buschy finished 36th in the 400 (57.42), Alex Hellenberg tied for 39th in the long jump (17-06.75) and Isabella Calabrese tied for 44th in the pole vault (12-03.50) to help lead the Bobcat women.

Montana State’s men’s team had a strong contingent of finishers in the 800, long jump and discus.

Cameron Carroll led the way in the 800 by taking 13th in a time of 1:51.42, while Chris Bianchini finished 28th (1:52.77) and Samuel Bloom placed 32nd (1:53.66). Alex Lewis earned an 18th-place finish in the long jump (23-04) and was joined by Neth, Trevor Simanski and Storm in the top 40 in the event. Douglass got 18th in the discus (172-04), while Nehring and Root finished 27th and 42nd, respectively.

The Bobcats’ Christopher Lange jumped to fifth on the Big Sky performance list with his 11th-place finish and time of 53.82 in the 400 hurdles. Root added a 15th-place showing in the hammer throw with his toss of 195-07 (59.62m) and Lewis also earned a 32nd-place finish in the triple jump by leaping 46-01.25 (14.05m).

The MSU men’s team’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay squads each recorded top-10 finishes. The Bobcats’ 4×100 relay of Lewis, Casey, Parker Walton and Mitch Horning took ninth in a time of 42.02, while Schneider joined the contingent and replaced Walton to capture fifth in the 4×400 relay with a mark of 3:14.75.

“This was probably our most successful trip that we’ve ever had to California in terms of performances that were turned in by our kids,” Montana State head coach Dale Kennedy said. “It certainly was fun to watch them compete. We really saw the improvement that we came down here looking for. It was just another step up for the kids that made it down here. Now, we need to re-group and get everybody else on board for the Cat-Griz Dual next week.”

The Montana State track and field teams return to the Treasure State for their final two regular season meets before the Big Sky Conference Championships in Moscow, Idaho. The Bobcats head to Missoula next Saturday to take on Montana in the annual Cat-Griz Dual.

— MSU Sports Information

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