Ferriter named ‘most improved’ Bobcat

BOZEMAN — The Montana State Track and Field team, following a successful indoor season, announced the team awards for the first part of the 2013 slate. This year, twice as many Bobcats earned post-season honors from the 2012 season. Twelve student-athletes picked up awards for their efforts as they gear up for outdoor track and field.

Butte Central graduate Sean “Diesel” Ferriter was named one of two “most improved” athletes on the men’s team.

After a five week hiatus following the close of the indoor season, Montana State will kick off outdoor on Friday at the Al Manuel Invitational.

Men’s Awards

Outstanding Field Performer
Jeff Mohl – Won the Big Sky Championship in the heptathlon and advanced to the NCAA Indoor Championships where he placed 11th overall to be named a second team All-American. He also amassed eight new personal bests over the course of the season, including a lifetime best score of 5,725 in the heptathlon. Mohl will be redshirting the outdoor season.

David Phillips – Won the Big Sky title in the weight throw with a distance of 20.54m (67-04.75) which marks a new lifetime best for the senior. Phillips won every weight throw contest he competed in this winter.

Outstanding Track Performer
Cristian Soratos – In his first indoor season, he was part of the record-setting Distance Medley Relay, which set a new program mark on two separate occasions. He placed no lower than fifth in any individual event this season and was a major point contributor at the Big Sky Championships. At the Big Sky Meet, he ran the go-ahead leg in the DMR to give Montana State the gold medal in the event. He was also all-conference in the mile, placing third, with a lifetime best time of 4:06.93.

Outstanding Freshman
Marcus Swan – Competed mostly in the 800, ranking as high as 11th in the Big Sky Conference in the event with a best time of 1:54.04.

Calvin Root – Earned an automatic qualifier in the weight throw for the Big Sky Championships and a 14th place ranking in the conference. His lifetime best is 17.09m (56-01.00).

Most Improved|
Sean Ferriter – After redshirting the previous year, Ferriter saw huge changes in his weight throw performance. He went from 13.80m (45-03.50) in 2011 to a lifetime best distance of 18.70m (61-04.25) this season. He also qualified for the Big Sky Championships and placed fourth in the weight throw.

Pow Williamson – Earned his first all-conference honor after placing second in the heptathlon at the Big Sky Championships with a score of 4,922, a new lifetime best. His previous best was 4,614, dating back to 2012.

Women’s Awards

Outstanding Field Performer
Amber Amsbaugh – Earns the award after a very impression indoor season in the high jump. Amsbaugh, a junior, did not lose a single high jump competition, including winning the championship title in the high jump at the Big Sky Meet, which she won at the outdoor meet in 2012. She measured a lifetime best height of 1.75m (5-08.75) at the MSU Open.

Outstanding Track Performer
Heather Haug – In her final season of competition, Haug went out on almost the highest note she could, earning three Big Sky gold medals, including two individual titles. She won the mile and the 3,000 and ran the go-ahead leg in the distance medley relay. She notched personal bests in all her races this winter including times of 4:39.87 in the mile and 9:41.33 in the 3,000. She also set new program records in the 800 (2:08.66) and the mile (4:39.87).

Most Improved
Heather Demorest – After an injury plagued 2012 spring season, Demorest came back in full swing with huge time drops in her distance races. Her time in the 3,000 this season clocked in at 9:40.59, down from 10:12 just one year ago. In the mile, she finished with a lifetime best 4:54.22, compared to 5:01.91 last season.

Outstanding Freshman
Casey Teska – In her first year, she added immediate depth to the women’s pole vault corps. She placed sixth overall in vault at the Big Sky Championships after earning an automatic qualifying height earlier in the season. She finished the season with a lifetime best height of 3.60m (11-09.75).

 Top Gun
The award given to the team member with accumulates the most scoring points over the season.

Men – David Phillips- Earning his second team award of the indoor season, Phillips was named the Top Gun after amassing 97 total points. Phillips beat out Jeff Mohl, who won the award in both 2011 and 2012.

Women – Katie Niemeir- Scored 90.5 points during her senior indoor season. She finished fourth in the Big Sky in the 400 in 56.26, just one one-hundredth off her lifetime best. She also placed sixth in the 55 hurdles at the conference meet. Overall, she put on eight first-place performances in 2013.

— MSU Sports Information