BOZEMAN — The Montana State University track and field team was back in full force this afternoon.
Ty Bermes kicked off the afternoon for the Bobcats, throwing the javelin a distance of 214-00 feet to win the event. Bermes jumped up to number seven on MSU’s all-time top ten list and automatically qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships. Tanner Gambill joined Bermes, qualifying for the championships with a throw of 204-10.
“It was a pretty exciting day,” head coach Dale Kennedy said. “The team had some great individual performances; a lot of lifetime bests. We’re progressing in a direction that will put us in a good spot for the rest of the season.”
Ryan Kropp cleared a height of 15-03.00 to win the pole vault. Austin Decker came in behind Kropp, with a clearance of 14-09.00.
Butte Central graduate Sean “Diesel” Ferriter topped all hammer throwers with a distance of 204-05, followed by teammate Zach Sharp (187-06). Ferriter and Sharp both earned conference qualifying marks. Another pair of ‘Cats qualified for the championships in the long jump, as Trevor Simanski and Alexander Lewis jumped distances of 45-10.75 and 45-05.00 feet.
Jacqueline Verlanic placed second in the hammer throw, throwing a distance of 175-01, a career-high. Callen Crawford and Madison Wills went three-four in the event with distacnes of 168-11 and 163-04.
The ‘Cats took the top five of the top six spots in the women’s pole vault, led by Casey Teska who cleared a height of 12-01.50, a BSC qualifying mark. Sami Risa finished second with a vault of 11-01.75 and Amy Rovira behind her with the same height.
Mitchell Horning and Rory Bauer went one-two in the 100, running times of 10.91 and 10.95.
The women’s relay team, which consisted of Josephine Petruska, Iris Hardarson and Chantel Jaeger, took the top spot, running a time of 46.88. MSU’s “B” relay (Chelsea Borque, Sarah Dolese, Daryan Box and Amanda Jaynes) crossed the finish line shortly after with a time of 48.74. The men’s relay (Rory Bauer, Mitchell Horning, Aaron Johnston and Eric Zechenelly) placed second crossing the finish line .10 seconds behind Montana (41.92).
Heather Demorest led all female 1500m runners, pacing the pack at 4:35.66. MSU had three more top five finishes in the race, with Carolin Hardin in third (4:46.97), Jenette Northey in fourth (4:47.71) and Rachel Sullivan in fifth (4:50.84). Jake Turner led the men’s distance crew, running a 3:56.36 1500m, good enough for second place. Michael Asay paced shortly behind Turner, with a time of 4:00.20 for fourth place.
MSU took the top two spots in three of the women’s sprints. Carley McCutchen and Squire secured spots at the conference championships in 100m hurdles, running times of 14.05 and 14.26. Jaeger and Hardarson led the way In the 400, with times of 55.43 and 56.47. In the 100, Petruska crossed the finish line first is 12.25 seconds and Box trailed her with a time of 12.54.
Squire won the 400 hurdles, running a time of 1:01.87, qualifying for the championships. Jaeger won another race during the meet, placing first in the 200 (24.72) with Box behind her in 25.55. The 4x400m relay team cruised to first, running the race in 3:50.62.
“We’re suffering quite a few injuries from our men’s sprinters, but are hoping to get them healthy and ready for the second half of the season. Overall, it was just great to see the almost the whole team back competing today.”
The ‘Cats will be on the road until May 8, when they return home for the Tom Gage Classic.
— MSU Sports Information