‘Diesel’ Ferriter one of eight Bobcats heading to West Regional

BOZEMAN — Montana State Track and Field will send eight student-athletes to the NCAA Prelim’s in Austin, Texas beginning May 28, the NCAA announced today. The top 48 marks in the region in each event advanced to the first round and will compete for a chance to advance to Nationals in Eugene, Oregon in June.

“It’s great for our program to be visible on a national stage,” head coach Dale Kennedy said. “I’m excited to see these athletes compete for a shot at nationals with some of the best athletes in the country.”

Cristian Soratos qualified for the 1500, ranking third in the region. The All-Big Sky honoree’s 3:39.65 time in the 1500 is the seventh fastest time in the country.

Butte Central graduate Sean “Diesel” Ferriter will compete in the hammer throw after placing second in the event at the conference championships. Ferriter’s career-high throw of 211-08 ranks 14th in the West Region.

Tanner Gambill and Ty Bermes have been a one-two punch all season in the javelin, ranking 21 and 23 in the west region. Gambill threw 223-08 at the conference championships, winning the event by over ten feet. Bermes has a season-high of 221-02 at the Weber State open in April and placed second at the championships.

Paige Squire come into the prelims ranked No. 9 in the 400-meter hurdles, running her fastest time of 58.16 at the conference meet. Squire earned the top spot in the conference with that time and currently sits at 29 in the country.

Chantel Jaeger will represent the ‘Cats in the 400 with the 34th best time in the region. The senior finished second in the event last weekend, crossing the finish line in 53.96, her fastest time this season.

Heather Demorest claimed two Big Sky Conference first place finishes and broke her own record in the 3000-steeplechase last weekend. Demorest’s time of 10:14.21 in the events brings her into the prelims ranked 11th in the west region. Demorest will also compete in the 1500, ranking 44th in the event.

Casey Teska is the lone field athlete to compete for the Bobcats on the women’s side, after clearing a height of 13-05.25 at the end of April. Teska earned All-Big Sky honors with a second place finish at the championships.

The 2015 Outdoor Track and Field West Regional will begin on Wednesday, June 10 in Austin, Texas.

— MSU Sports Information

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