Bobcats sweep Grizzlies in track

BOZEMAN — On a cold, drizzly afternoon old rivals met for the final time head-to-head as the Montana State men’s and women’s track and field squad swept intra-state foe Montana, Saturday on Senior Day at the MSU Track and Field Complex.

The Bobcat men cruised to a 111-72 victory, while the MSU women, who held a three-point advantage going into the final event (4×400 relay), received a strong performance from its foursome to defeat UM 99-90.

“Both teams had kids that sat out the meet and it was going to be a battle of who could have enough ammunition to keep on fighting the war,” MSU head coach Dale Kennedy said. “I knew it could be really close. We just needed everybody to step up and do what they could do. I really thought our men rose to the occasion.”

The MSU men got a big lift from Michael Tobin, who captured the 100-meter event, while finishing second in the 200-meters. The Newark, Calif., product also ran a leg on the winning 4×400-meter relay squad.

“In spite of kids out of the line-up, and you take (Chris) Wilson (hamstring) out of there, you’re looking at a guy that maybe be responsible for three wins, yet Michael Tobin really stepped-up and competed well,” Kennedy said.

Also winning events for the MSU men were Rory Bauer, 400-meters; Matthew Tex, 800-meters; Cristian Soratos, 1500-meters; Michael Asay, 5000-meters; Powhattan Williamson, long jump; Kyler Felton, triple jump; Trevor Gilreath, shot put; Derek Marsh, discus; Butte Central graduate Sean Ferriter, hammer throw; Tanner Gambill, javelin; and the two relay teams.

“I was proud with how our kids not only dealt with competing against Montana, but with the elements, which can really get you down sometimes” Kennedy said. “I thought Rory Bauer and Tobin were pretty spectacular.

“The biggest special event on our side was probably Tanner Gambill in the javelin,” Kennedy said. “He was throwing 170s, 180s, and all of a sudden he unloaded a 202-07, when it looked like Montana was going to win the event, which would’ve been a bit of an upset, but he really stepped-up.”

The Bobcat women received a big boost from a trio of performers. Sprinter Chantel Jaeger, a junior from Yakima, Wash., won both the 100 and 200-meter events, while Darby product Heather Demorest also claimed two victories, winning the 1500 and 5000-meters.

Rounding out the dual event medalists for the Bobcats was hurdler Paige Squire. The former Corvallis standout took home gold in both the 100 and 400-meter events.

“Chantel Jaeger continues to run well meet-after-meet on the women’s side,” Kennedy said. “And, Heather and Paige also played an important role in the win, and did an outstanding job, as well.”

Also contributing first place finishes for the Bobcats were Casey Teska, pole vault; Brittnee Grimstad, discus; and both relay squads.

The wins over Montana were exactly what Kennedy was looking for heading into the next three weeks prior to the Big Sky Conference championships in Flagstaff, Ariz.

“If you can come out of the Bobcat-Grizzly dual meet with two wins that’s a positive in terms of attitudinal stuff,” Kennedy said. “That should be something our kids can use as a stepping stone going into the next few weeks,”

Montana State will compete at the Montana Open in Missoula and The Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., next week.

 — MSU Sports Information

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