GREAT FALLS — It did not take long from Montana Tech’s women’s track team to rise to the top of the Frontier Conference.
The Orediggers captured the Frontier Conference crown Wednesday at Memorial Stadium. Over the course of the two-day event, the Orediggers claimed first place in 12 of 22 events to score 226 team points. (Results)
Carroll College was second at 203, and the University of Providence was a distant third at 96.
Senior Becca Richtman and freshman Abby Clark each claimed three championships to lead the Orediggers. Freshman Naiya Beaudin won two, while freshman Natylia Jacobson, Olleca Severson and Tristen Sedgwick each took home one.
The Orediggers also won the 400-meter relay.
Richtman won the 10,000 meters, 5,000 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase, all with qualifying times for the NAIA National meet. She also placed second in the 800 meters.
Clark jumped to victory in the high jump and ran to a win in the 100-meter hurdles. She also led the way as Tech took the top three spots in the heptathlon. Clark placed second in the long jump.
Beaudin won the long jump and triple jump. She took second in the 100 hurdles, third in the heptathlon and fourth in the 400 hurdles.
Jacobson, who placed second in the 200, won the 100-meter dash. Severson won the 400 hurdles. She took second in the heptathlon and third in the triple jump. Sedgwick won the discus.
Beaudin, Emily Ratz, Severson and Jacobson each ran a leg in Tech’s victorious 400-meter relay.
Ratz placed second in the 400 meters, and Ratz, Clark, Beaudin and Severson took second in the 1,600 relay. Madison Kelly, Alisa Hashley, Taylor Torgerson and Carlin Manning placed second in the 3,200-meter relay.
Jenna Jordan took second in the javelin, Karley Lawson took third in the javelin, and Butte High grad Hailey Nielson placed third in the 10,000 and fifth in the 1,500.
Carroll College won the men’s title with 250 pounds. Rocky Mountain College placed second at 143, and Providence placed third at 105. The Orediggers took fourth at 104.
Freshmen Drake Schlachter and Justin Morgan claimed golds for the Tech men.
Schlachter won the 100 meters. He also placed third in the 200 and fourth in the long jump.
Morgan ran to victory in the 3,000 steeplechase. He took third in the 5,000 and 10,000.
Oredigger River Sheppard placed second in the steeplechase, and teammate Cody Burk grabbed second in the shot put. Oredigger Ian Barville ran to third in the 800.
Schlachter, Barville, Caden Caywood and Tucker Christiansen each ran a leg as Tech placed second in the 1,600-meter relay.