BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Montana Tech track & field teams competed at their first indoor meet of 2023 at the Bobcat Challenge hosted by Montana State. The meet featured teams from the Frontier Conference as well as NCAA Division I and II levels.
“This was a great opportunity for us to see a few NCAA teams as well as most of our conference. It was fun having such a large group competing,” said head coach Zach Kughn.
“By far the largest group of track & field athletes we’ve had competing at a single meet in school history. We had numerous personal bests set as well as a handful of athletes placing top three overall and even a few event winners.”
Abby Clark won the women’s pentathlon winning two of the five events ahead of Montana State’s Lina Hommel. Clark finished with a score of 3390 to 3347 by Hommel. Clark has the third best score in the NAIA this year.
Tech’s Olleca Severson finished in third with 2947 points and has the 12th best performance in the NAIA this season.
Clark won the shot put and tied for first with Hommel in the long jump. Clark also took second in the high jump and 60 meter hurdles. Severson finished first in the 800 meters.
Natylia Jacobson was the top Frontier finisher in the 60 meter dash and the 200 meter. Jacobson finished with a time of 7.86 seconds finishing in third place overall in the 60 meter and fifth in the 200 meter with a time of 26.60 seconds.
Jadyn Vermillion finished in third in the triple jump with a mark of 10;.91 meters.
Drake Schlacterhad the winning mark in the long jump with a 6.97 meter jump. Schlacter was the top finisher of NAIA and NCAA Division II schools taking eighth in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.09 seconds.
Edwin Kipainoi was the top finisher from of the NAIA runners in the 3000 meter taking 10th with a time of 9:02.18.
Freshman Cade VanFleet threw the top Frontier mark in the weight throw with a 15.03 meter toss finishing in sixth place overall.
“I think we definitely learned a lot about where we are coming off of winter break and we know what we have to do to move forward. We have a short turnaround as we gear up to compete in Spokane at the Inland Northwest Invitational. This will be an awesome opportunity for us to compete at a world class facility against a bunch of schools we’ve never seen before.”
“After this weekend, the men’s team is ranked 4th in the West Region and the women’s team is ranked 3rd. We have established ourselves as a deep, well-rounded NAIA team but I’m expecting a lot more out of us as the season progresses.”