The MSU track & field teams had impressive showings at the MSU Dual Meet Invitational at Worthington Arena on Friday, Jan. 24. The men and women both beat Idaho State and Montana to complete the sweep over the competition. The dual score format gave the opportunity for two head-to-head matchups at the same meet. The men beat Idaho State 84-64 and Montana 88-59, while the women beat Idaho State 85-58 and Montana 86.5-59.5.
The men demonstrated strong depth in multiple events. The Cats placed the top three finishers in the 200 and 3,000 meters, and the top seven finishers in the mile. Freshman Will Prettyman won the 200 with a time of 22.18 seconds. Junior Collin Buck set a personal record in the 3,000 with a time of 8:27.11, placing him 12th on the NCAA Division I performance list for this season. Sophomore Duncan Hamilton won the mile with an adjusted time of 4:00.89, putting him 15th on the NCAA Division I performance list for this season. On top of the strong finishes in the running category, junior Noah Martin achieved what no MSU athlete has done in 24 years. Martin cleared seven feet in the high jump with an official mark of 7’1.5”, setting him 14th on the NCAA Division I performance list.
The women also dominated by taking first in several events. Sophomore Maddie Brockel won the 60 and 200 meters with times of 7.83 and 25.91 seconds respectively. Senior Mckenna Ramsey took first in the 400 meter at 57.23 seconds. With a time of 10:08.53, senior Gillian Maness ran away with the 3,000. Junior Leah Klein had a solid weekend when she took first in the shot put with a distance of 46’0.5” and second in the weight throw with a toss of 53’1.75”. MSU’s 4x400 relay of sophomore Natalie Perkins, junior Trisha Carlson, Brockel and Ramsey set a season-best with a time of 3:56.57. Despite all the great individual efforts, MSU’s strongest event was the long jump, where the women landed the top five finishers, led by sophomore Twila Reovan, who also won the triple jump.
The Bobcats will host the MSU Indoor Open on Friday, Feb. 7. Come out and support the track & field team in their preparation for the conference championships on Feb. 27-29.