FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Expectations continued to remain high at the second day of the NCAA Division I West Regional on Friday, May 30. The three-day meet, hosted by Arkansas, features 10 total Montana State student-athletes with six competing on Friday in Fayetteville. While the results may not have yielded exactly what the Bobcats were after, valuable experience and elite competition
Day two began with Sean Ferriter’s second appearance at the NCAA West Regional. In 2013, Ferriter came in 40th and this year had hopes of moving on up the ranks. At John McDonnell Field, the Butte, Montana native jumped two spots in his junior year to place 38th overall. His best throw measured 185-05 (56.52m), coming 14th in the second of three flights to close out his season.
The men’s 800 featured Grant Grosvenor and Matt Tex who both finished third in their first round heats on Thursday night. Tex ran in the second heat where he came in seventh, bringing his impressive 2014 to an end. He clocked in at 1:51.12. His best time this season was 1:50.01.
Grosvenor ran the third and final heat of the night in the 800 and was able to hold on to a fifth place finish with a new program record time of 1:49.02. Although he did not get the automatic bid, his time fell within the next six fastest to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 11-14. This will be Grosvenor’s second time at the Big Dance. He placed 12th one year ago in the 800 to earn second team All-America honors.
Grosvenor broke his own mark, set back in 2013, of 1:49.28. Tex holds the second fast time in the Bobcat record book with his PR time of 1:49.44, ran in 2013.
In the women’s 200, junior Chantel Jaeger made her NCAA Regionals debut. Although she placed fifth in a very impressive heat, her time of 24.34 landed her in 33rd place overall after automatic and at-large qualifiers for tomorrow’s quarterfinal. Her fastest time this year was 23.47 and also won her first individual Big Sky title in the 200.
Montana State’s final event of the night was the women’s 3,000 steeplechase, also with two Blue and Gold entrants. Jenette Northey, a true freshman, ran the first heat of the steeplechase, placing 10th with a time of 10:33.64. Heather Demorest ran the second heat, coming in 14th in 10:47.68. Both has big seasons in the distance events, including Demorest twice setting the program record in her signature outdoor event with an impressive time of 10:15.75.
“Much like yesterday, there were some good things and some great things,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “Obviously Grant’s performance in the 800 is one the more notable ones, especially with a new program record. Overall, I am proud of all our kids today for ginvg their all and representing the program and the University as best as they can.
Tomorrow marks the final day of the NCAA West Regional and one Bobcat is set to compete. Cristian Soratos will look to be the second Montana State student-athlete to advance out of Regionals, potentially joining Grosvenor, Jeff Mohl and Carley McCutchen who have secured their spots for Eugene. Soratos automatically qualified for the quarterfinals of the 1,500 and will race at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
— MSU Sports Information