Josh Panasuk places second in 5,000 at MSU meet

BOZEMAN — The MSU Billings track and field teams added four additional provisional qualifying marks at the Montana State University Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Junior Josh Panasuk, a Butte High graduate, finished second in the men’s 5,000-meter race in 15 minutes, 43.52 seconds, meeting the PQ mark for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships. For his performance, Panasuk earns the St. Vincent Healthcare Athlete of the Meet honor. Joining him reaching a provisional mark on the track was sophomore Garrett Love in the 10,000m after he completed the race in 32:21.38 (adjusted for altitude and track).

Also meeting the conference provisional marks today were freshmen Lonnie Sherman and Preston Schubert in the men’s pole vault. Both men completed a height of 4.20m meeting the initial conference mark of 4.05m and are just .1m from reaching the automatic conference qualifying height.

“We had lots of good performances from everyone this week,” MSUB head coach Dave Coppock said. “Our sprinters are really coming around and we had some very strong performances by Tyler DiGovanna in the 100m, Nathan Vanderby in the 200m and Brianna Gray in the women’s 100m. Also in the men’s 200m and Mark Hovland in the 800m.”

Hovland placed third in the 800m in the event at Bozeman setting a new personal best. Other good results came from Dominique Holt in the men’s hurdles, long jump and high jump, Nels Flanagon in the men’s hammer throw, and senior Corrie Holm in the women’s shot put and discus.

Next up for the Yellowjackets, Montana State University Billings heads to Idaho State University next week for the multi-events and the Bauer Invitational hosted by South Dakota School of Mines next Saturday, Apr. 11 in Rapid City, SD.

— MSU Billings Sports Information

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