Butte’s Ferriter ‘most improved’ at MSU

BOZEMAN — Another track and field season has come and gone but for some the awards continue to come for the Montana State Bobcats.

Butte native Sean “Diesel” Ferriter was named one of “most improved” Bobcats as the team handed out its postseason honors. Ferriter is a Butte Central graduate.

TOP GUN AWARD: Given to the male and female who recorded the most number of points during the outdoor season.

CHANTEL JAEGER (Jr./Yakima, Wash.) – The junior sprinter earned the award for the second time in 2014 garnering an impressive 116.25 points this spring. Overall, she picked up 10 individual wins, including her first individual Big Sky Championship, winning the 200 back in May at the Conference meet. After a huge breakout season, she now ranks second in program history in both the 200 (24.12) and the 400 (53.77). She also anchored the first-place finishing 4×400 and third place 4×400 at the Big Sky meet.

CRISTIAN SORATOS (Jr./ Salinas, Calif.) – Also riding the wave of a colassally successful season was Soratos, accumulating 72 points for the Bobcats, with four individual wins in the 1,500, earning his first Big Sky title, as well. On top of his victories, he amassed seven additional point-scoring finishes over the course of the spring.

MOST IMPROVED: Ties for both the women and men’s teams.

CHANTEL JAEGER – In addition to her overall points, she also saw huge drops as a junior. Her time in the 200 sped up from 24.37 to 23.46 and also 55.60 in the 400 to a speedy 53.77.

CARLEY McCUTCHEN (Sr./Buckley, Wash.) – The heptathlete also put her best foot forward in her final outdoor season, and finished her previous outdoor season (2012) with only 5,012, compared to her 5,391 at the 2014 Big Sky Championships.

SEAN FERRITER (Jr./Butte, Mont.) – MSU’s powerhouse hammer thrower, Ferriter advanced to his second consecutive NCAA West Regional Preliminary meet, jumping two spots from 2013, coming in 38th overall. He placed third at the Big Sky meet in the hammer throw, his first individual All-Big Sky finish. He now ranks seventh all-time in the program with a lifetime best throw of 201-03, improving from his previous PR of 193-0 from one year ago.

TANNER GAMBILL (So./Forsyth, Mont.) – Another throwing earning Most Improved honors for the 2014 season, following a strong showing in the javelin over the course of the entire spring. Following a silver medal at the Big Sky Championships, he advanced on to the NCAA Regional Meet for the first time. He measured a 198-07 in 2013 to a launch of 207-10 this year.

CRISTIAN SORATOS – Not only did Soratos pick up Top Gun honors, his efforts did not go unnoticed on the stopwatch, as well. He now ranks second in the program in the 1,500 with a time of 3:43.73, dropping four seconds over the course of the outdoor slate. In his first Outdoor Big Sky appearance, he won the league title in the 1,500.

TRACK STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

CHANTEL JAEGER – Her third and final award of the outdoor season also stems from the success of not just her points, her race against the stopwatch but for her overall contributions in the sprints. She qualified for her first NCAA Regional meet, coming in 33rd in the West. In addition to her individual successes, she is now a part of the record holding 4×100 (45.75) and 4×400 (3:41.27). The 4×100 posted five times now in the top-10 in program history.

CRISTIAN SORATOS – His success reached beyond the 1,500 as the Salinas, California native faired quite well in the 800 this season, as well. He placed third in the 800 at the Big Sky meet and ranks fifth in the program with a lifetime best time of 1:50.36.

GRANT GROSVENOR (Jr./Mill Creek, Wash.) – A true pillar of success for Bobcat Middle-Distance, Grosvenor was one of three Bobcats that closed out the year at the NCAA Championships. Peaking at the right time, the junior set a new program record, the previous which belonged to him as well, of 1:49.02. He placed 20th in the nation in the 800, while coming in fourth at the Big Sky meet. He did, however, pick up an all-league finish in the 1,500, as the Big Sky runner-up.

FIELD STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

CARLEY McCUTCHEN – McCutchen has seen steady improvement over the course of her Bobcat career. She capped off her outdoor career with her first NCAA appearance, as well as a Big Sky runner-up and lifetime best score of 5,391. Her finish was just 10 points behind first place. She now ranks second in program history behind assistant coach Erin Jones Graf.

JEFF MOHL (Sr./Red Lodge, Mont.) – This year’s field athlete awards belonged to the multis. Mohl, arguably the best male student-athlete in recent history had a unique senior season that would have derailed most. He sustained an injury early in the outdoor season, his final appearance in the Blue & Gold but did not let that deter his success. Competing in a complete decathlon only one other time before the Big Sky Championships, he won his second consecutive Big Sky title in the event and was named the Outstanding Performer and the MVP of the meet. He closed out his career with an 11th place finish at the NCAA Championships in the decathlon, tacking on his second All-America award to boot.

OUTSTANDING FRESHMEN

JENETTE NORTHEY (Fr./Anchorage, Alaska) – In her first year of competition she wasted no time making herself known on the Big Sky level. Out of the gate, she placed second in the 3,000 steeplechase at the Big Sky meet and now boasts the third fastest time in the program in the event with 10:33.10. Her PR time also landed her a place at the NCAA West Regional where she came in 29th in the 48 as a true freshman.

TY BERMES (Fr./Roberts, Mont.) – Bermes filled big shoes in the javelin, proving consistency for the Bobcats as a freshman. He placed seventh in his first Sky Championship and produced a lifetime best throw of 204-0 in just his first year. He also added points for Montana State in the high jump.

TEAMMATES OF THE YEAR – Teammates of the Year are chosen by their own peers for their contributions not just on the track or field but also their character and support of their fellow Bobcats.

MARY KOPPY (Sr./Great Falls, Mont.)
RACHEL SULLIVAN (So./Boise, Idaho)
DEREK MARSH (Sr./Rapelje, Mont.)

— MSU Sports Information



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