‘Diesel’ Ferriter second in Big Sky hammer throw

CHENEY, Wash. — The Montana State Track and Field women’s team sits in first after day three of competition and seven scored events and the men are in fifth overall at the Big Sky Conference Championships. Heather Demorest added another conference title to her resume, winning the 3000-meter steeplechase and breaking her own school record with a time of 10:14.21.

Caroline Hardin led the ‘Cats in the 10,000, crossing the finish line in 36:44.72, placing fifth and adding four points to the team score. Rachel Sullivan also competed in the race, marking a time of 38:40.79.

The women had ten preliminary qualifiers who will compete in the finals tomorrow. Chantel Jaeger qualified for 200 and 400, winning both of her heats and placing in the top three overall. Josephine Petruska and Iris Hardarson will join Jaeger in the 400 tomorrow after placing fifth and sixth.

Paige Squire won both heats she competed in, earned qualifying finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles. Carley McCutchen, the 2015 BSC Heptathlon champion, tied for seventh overall in the 100-meter hurdles and will compete in the finals tomorrow.

Kaylee Schmitz was the top qualifier in the 800, finishing in 2:11.49 and Christie Schiel placed fifth to advance to the finals (2:12.20).

Casey Teska found her way to the podium, placing second in the pole vault, clearing a bar at 13-03.75. Amy Rovira added another point for the team, tying for sixth with a mark of 11-10.

In the long jump, McCutchen placed seventh overall with a mark of 18-09.75. Dawn Blevins came into the meet ranked 11th and came out with a seventh place finish in the javelin with a throw of 144-07, a personal-best.

On the men’s side, four sprinters earned qualifying marks. Mitchell Horning ran a 10.75 100-meter to advance to the finals and Rory Bauer placed eighth in the 400 to qualify. Crisitan Soratos won the 800 in 1:51.38 and Mason Storm placed sixth in the 110-meter hurdles, both good enough to advance past the prelims.

Jake Turner finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:28.29, finishing fourth and earning the Bobcats 5 points. To finish off the day for the runners, Seth Garbett placed fifth in the 10,000 with a time of 30:52.84.

Butte Central graduate Sean “Diesel” Ferriter highlighted the men’s field events, placing second in the hammer throw, with a career-high of 211-08. Kyle Douglass placed fourth in the discus, throwing a distance of 166-02. Alex Lewis made it to the finals in the long jump, placing eighth overall with a jump of 23-02.5.

“I think we’ve set ourselves up nicely to achieve the goals we’ve set,” head coach Dale Kennedy said. “We had a lot of athletes qualify for the finals tomorrow and some big marks today that will really help out the team scores. Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day of track and field.”

The final day of competition will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the women’s hammer throw.

— MSU Sports Information

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