Ferriter second at Bobcat Open

BOZEMAN — Montana State Track and Field hosted the Bobcat Open on Saturday, and amasses 21 wins among 45 total medal finishes. The Bobcats hosted Carroll, Great Falls, Minot State, Montana, MSU-Billings, Rocky Mountain and South Dakota Mines in the unscored meet at the Bobcat Track and Field Complex.

Sean “Diesel” Ferriter, a Butte Central graduate, placed second in the hammer throw. He also placed fourth in the discus.

The meet kicked off with the men’s javelin where Tanner Gambill earned his second individual win in the javelin in 2013. His throw of 58.02m (190-04) marks his third best throw of the season. The Bobcats took two more medals in the women’s javelin when Dawn Blevins won the event, for her first collegiate win, with a lifetime best hurl of 40.24m (132-00). Her throw is just two feet off her first Big Sky automatic qualifier. Britnee Grimstad sealed the 1-2 win, when she came in second, also a lifetime best throw, measuring 39.88m (130-10). Grimstad also picked up silver in the discus, with a second PR of the day with 40.72m (133-07).

The running events led off with the 3,000 steeplechase among fairly windy and cold conditions but that didn’t stop Trevor Polson in the men’s race. Polson won the event in 9:38.98, followed by Joel Estelle in second in 10:02.30.

The quartet of Michael Nguyen, John Daubert, Gage Pickering and Chris Wilson won the 4×100 with an unadjusted time of 41.60, just a bit off their season best. In the women’s event, a speedy group of Lierin Flanagan, Chantel Jaeger, Chelsea Bourque and Paige Squire clocked in at 49 flat for the win in blustery conditions.

In the 1,500, Grant Grosvenor had another come-from-behind victory with a time of 3:54.11 for this third win of the year.

John Daubert earned a season best in the 400, finishing second in 49.3. The women also garnered two more medals in the 400 when Sonia Antar and Lierin Flanagan finished first and second, respectively. Antar, who has already qualified in the event, crossed the line in 56.71, while Flanagan notched a time of 57.58.

After an injury plagued freshman campaign, Paige Squire finally had her breakout performance with a win and a collegiate best time of 14.91. Chelsea Bourque took silver with 15.26. Bourque also picked up the win the 100 with a time of 12.49.

Squired capitalized on her momentum and took her second gold medal of the day in the 400 hurdles, also with a lifetime best time. She finished in 1:05.04.

Chris Wilson, sticking to his usual operating procedure, earned his third win of the season in the 100 with a time of 10.58.

Jacob Kirk put in a valiant effort in the 800 and was just touched out at the finish line by one one-hundredth of a second. Kirk’s silver medal came in at 1:56.83.

Heather Demorest had another strong week of competition when she earned her automatic qualifier in the 5,000 following the adjustment on her time of 17:47.88, also another lifetime best for the Darby, Mont. native.

Continuing with a full slate of field events, Madison Wills won the hammer throw with a very impressive lifetime best throw of 46.60m (152-11), an improvement of over seven feet.

James Andrews, who was a member of the Bobcat Football team earned a lifetime best in the long jump when he lept to a distance of 6.79m (22-03.50), also good enough for the first-place finish. Andrews also competed in the 100, where his cornerback speed was certainly showcased. He came in fourth with a time of 10.96, in his first collegiate 100 dash.

Kristi VandeBergh kept up her win streak in the shot put, with her third gold medal of the year, when she threw a distance of 14.03m (46-00.50).

With their depth unmatched, the MSU throwers continued their dominance beginning with the hammer throw. David Phillips, who won the indoor weight throw, took the hammer at the Bobcat Open with a lifetime best throw of 62.78m (206-00). Phillips now ranks third all-time in program history behind Josh Henigman (211-03) and Mark Olson (207-03) and surpassed Lance Deal (205-01).  The Bobcats took seven of the eight top places including the second-place finish from Ferriter, who launched yet another best throw of 58.84m (193-00).

Ferriter threw the discus 143-11.

Trevor Gilreath took gold in the shot put with a season-best 16.74m (54-11.25) for his second outdoor shot put win of the season. Phillips came in third with 15.27m (50-01.25).

Alisa Gilchrist took her first collegiate individual win in the high jump with a height of 1.60m (5-03.00). In the long jump, Adessa Durglo placed second overall with a lifetime best height of 5.15m (16-10.75). The Blue and Gold picked up two more medals in the women’s pole vault with a 1-2 punch when Rebekka Chambers and Casey Teska each launched themselves to 3.45m. (11-03.75)

Also of note, in the heptathlon which took place on Thursday and Friday, Sadie McMillan earned her Big Sky automatic qualifier when she finished second in the two-day event with 4,398 points. Carley McCutchen, who is redshirting this season, won the multis with 4,688.

“It seems like the weather has been a big role player this season, but we haven’t let Mother Nature dictate what we do out here,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “I’m very proud of our kids for their resilience today and the performances they put on and the support they provided to one another. Next week brings us one week closer and the stakes are just a little bit higher.”

Montana State returns to action in one week, on April 27, when they travel to Missoula for the 2013 Cat-Griz Dual Meet. Montana State will look for their third consecutive men’s victory, while the women will look for their second in a row.

— MSU Sports Information