Ferriter, Bobcats keep rolling at BRC Invitational

BOZEMAN — It was a night of some serious competition and Montana State hosted the Bozeman Running Company Invitational on Friday, and the scores certainly showed the intensity of the rivalries that comprise the Big Sky Conference. With rival Montana and Weber State in attendance, the Bobcats pushed the limits and saw results. (Results | Scores)

The Bobcat women defeated the Wildcats, 79-67, but were just edged out by the Grizzlies, 79-71. Montana State previously beat Montana at the MSU Dual Meet Invitational, 82-66. The men’s dual scoring saw two wins for the Bobcats with a 79-68 win over the Griz and 75-63 over, Weber.

On the night, the Bobcats amassed 27 total medals, including 12 first place finishes, six each for the men and women.

In the first women’s field event of the night, Montana State failed to medal but utility athlete Carley McCutchen was able to notch a season best in the long jump. Her distance of 5.30m (17-04.75) was one of three season or lifetime bests put out by the Bobcats. Kortnee Barrett, who came in seventh, launched herself to a PR of 5.05m (16-07.00). Emily Reddish, in her first year as a Bobcat, finished with 4.74m (15-06.75); besting her previous distance of 4.57m.

In the men’s pole vault, Ryan Kropp, for the fourth meet in a row, finished at 4.70m (15-05.00) to come in second place. Two more medals were grabbed in the women’s vault when Rebekka Chambers took first with 3.60m (11-09.75) and Libby Madison took third in 3.45m (11-03.75)

All three of the Blue and Gold in the women’s triple jump had remarkable nights, earning lifetime bests in the competition. Sophomore Adessa Durglo also earned a medal with her 11.49m (37-08.50) leap. Maggie Powell, who came in fifth, finished with a distance of 10.16m (33-04.00), followed by Reddish in sixth in 10.03m (32-11.00).

Kevin Close notched his own lifetime best performances that also earned him a qualifier to the Big Sky Championships. His triple jump leap of 13.92m (45-08.00) won him a gold medal in the event, as well.

David Phillips kicked off the medal-winning in Worthington Arena with his fourth win in as many outings in the weight throw. He unleashed a throw of 19.90m (65-03.50) tied his season best and was almost two meters ahead of second place. Teammate Sean Ferriter, continuing his breakout year, placed third in 17.11m (56-01.75). Ferriter is a Butte Central graduate.

Derek Marsh placed fifth with a lifetime best hurl of 16.62m (54-06.50). The Bobcats also had throwers in sixth place (Calvin Root), seventh (Zach Sharp) and ninth (Eddie Stevenson) places.

In the shot put, it was status quo for the Bobcats with Trevor Gilreath earning the win with a launch of 17.19m (56-04.75), a best of 2013. Phillips picked up his second medal of the night, coming in second with a Big Sky qualifying mark of 15.82m (51-11.00). Phillips is now qualified in both throws events for the conference meet. Calvin Root also picked up another top mark with 14.87m (48-04.75), good enough for fifth place.

Kristi VandeBergh had arguably one of the top performances of the night when she absolutely launched the shot put for a new lifetime best throw of 14.40m (47-03.00), also winning the event. Her throw also ranks her seventh in the Bobcat record books. Brittnee Grimstad also had a strong night in her freshman campaign, finishing with a best throw of 12.35m (40-06.25).

The final field event of the night went to Amber Amsbaugh who has been having a shiny junior season in the high jump. Amsbaugh bested the competition with a first place height of 1.70m (5-07.00). Alisa Gilchrist helped score points for the Bobcats with a bronze medal finish in 1.60m (5-03.00).

Katie Niemeir, who has continued to be a pillar throughout her tenure as part of the MSU Sprint and Hurdle Corps, won the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.08. McCutchen came in fourth in 8.44, and Chelsea Bourque in sixth with a time of 8.65.

Bouque also competed in the 55 dash and came in fourth, while Chantel Jaeger crossed in fifth in 7.54. Trina Heide rounded out the Bobcat competitors in eighth place in 8.16.

In the men’s short races, Chris Wilson got back on the winning track with a first place finish in the 55 with a time of 6.43, tying his season best. Since the Big Sky Championships of 2011, Wilson has only placed lower than first one time, coming last weekend at the Mountain States Games. The Bobcats then took fourth through sixth places with Nick Melone in fourth (6.56), Jeff Mohl (6.58) and Shae Stein in fifth (6.58) and Michael Tobin in sixth (6.59)

Powhattan Williamson took a silver medal in the 55 hurdles and an automatic qualifying time for the Big Sky Conference Championship. Williamson was already qualified in the heptathlon.

In the women’s mile, Heather Demorest took second with a time of 5:00.71, garnering season best time with the altitude adjustment. In the men’s edition of the race, newcomer Cristian Soratos came from behind for the win with a time of 4:07.61. With the altitude adjustment, his time becomes 4:02.08, unofficially. Grant Grosvenor took the bronze, also with a lifetime best time after altitude adjustment. His untouched time of 4:13.16 becomes 4:07.63.

Demorest also took a medal in the 3,000, placing third, with a time of 10:20.95. In the same event, Megan Beam got a lifetime best in the 3,000, giving an encore presentation of a great run from the previous week. Her time unadjusted was 10:30.37.

Jacob Kirk had a huge night in the 3,000 with a PR time of 8:13.60 with the altitude adjustment. To put a little icing on the cake, he won the event by over 10 seconds. Trevor Polson came in third in 8:40.71 (unadjusted), while Seth Garbett rounded out the Bobcat distance crew in fifth place in 8:44:43.

Niemeir picked up her second gold of the night in the 400, with a season best time of 56.46, which was also an automatic bid to the Big Sky meet, which will take place in Bozeman, Feb. 21-23. Lierin Flanagan placed fifth and Paige Squire in seventh, both notched season-best times, as well.

Marcus Swan had his highest individual finish as a Bobcat when he placed second in the 800  with a lifetime best time of 1:55.00 with the altitude adjustment, just narrowly missing the automatic qualifying time.

Chantel Jaeger picked up a third place finish in the 200 with a season best time of 25.46. In Bourque’s third event of the night, she also got a season best time, crossing the finish line in 25.75.

Michael Tobin took silver in the men’s 200, also with a season best time, clocking in at 22.19.

“Much like last week, we were all over the map with our performances but that’s not a bad thing,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “We keep building our roster for the Big Sky meet, our athletes are continue to ride the momentum to get season bests and PRs, so there’s not much more we could have asked for tonight. Next week becomes very pivotal in gauging our progress in training and competition and  we need to really make sure we capitalize on the opportunities the Bobcat Open gives us.”

Montana State gets one more week to keep gaining momentum, top performances and Big Sky qualifiers when they host the Bobcat Open on Friday, Feb. 15. The meet stands as a final opportunity to earn automatic marks for the Big Sky Championships which will take place on MSU’s home turf, Feb. 21-23 in Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

— MSU Sports Information