EUGENE, Ore. — The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships kicked off today, where two Bobcat’s competed for a shot at a national championships. Cristian Soratos pushed himself into the 1,500-meter finals and Sean Ferriter competed respectively in the hammer throw.
Ferriter ended his career as a Bobcat finishing 24th at the championships throwing a distance of 186-10. The Butte native didn’t see the results he wished to, but threw aggressively in the process of making it this far. Ferriter sits second all-time on MSU top ten list with a mark of 211-08. Results
Ferriter, a 2010 Butte Central graduate, is the first Butte athlete to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
“Sean has been a great competitor of us for your years,” MSU head coach Dale Kennedy said. “He’s improved from throwing in the 160’s to being one of the best throwers to come through the program. Sure, it was a disappointing finish to his career and his season, but he has so much to be proud of making it this far. He’s one of the top 24 throwers in the country and that’s something he can look back on and be proud of.”
Soratos came into today’s race ranked third overall with a seed time of 3:42.60. The Salinas, California, native placed sixth out of 23 total competitors, crossing the finish line in 3:41.15, .02 seconds faster than his school record time. Soratos placed fifth sixth in his heat, which took the top nine spots.
Soratos will compete on Friday at 5:45 p.m. MST in the finals.
“Cristian started to scare me a little bit, but he got the job done,” Kennedy said. “He’s going to have to run a little more tactically on Friday if he wants to win this thing. He ran a 60 and 57 in his first two splits, which is a little too aggressive in a race like this. He’s a smart runner and knows what he has to do physically and mentally be a competitor in the finals.”
Heather Demorest and Paige Squire will compete Thursday in the semifinals of the 3000 steeplechase and the 400 hurdles. Demorest will run at 5:57 and Squire at 7:00, both on ESPNU.
— MSU Sports Information