Similar to the MSU Dual Meet Invitational a couple of weeks ago, the Cats had many impressive performances across several events. At the MSU Indoor Open on Friday, Feb. 7, at Worthington Arena, the Cats showed improvement across the entire team. According to the MSU press release from the event, 25 Cats had season-best marks, double-digit personal records were set and three athletes had efforts that put them in the Bobcats’ all-time top 10 chart.
"A lot of good things happened across the board with all of the event groups," said Lyle Weese, MSU’s director of track & field. "We saw some good performances in every discipline and saw improvement which is great this time of year."
For the men, juniors Collin Buck and Drake Schneider both achieved Bobcat top 10 performances. Buck had a time of 8:05.35 in the 3,000-meter, putting him eighth all time in MSU history, and Schneider, with a time of 21.95 seconds in the 200-meter, moved from eighth to seventh in the record books. Along with Buck and Schneider, sophomores Cooper West and Duncan Hamilton in the 3,000 and Zach Smith in the 200 all set personal best times on the day. Freshman Casey Gunlikson in the 60 meter, junior Jared Schwend in the 400-meter, junior Cameron Carroll in the 800 and sophomore Riley Collins in the mile all notched personal record times. On top of the impressive results in the running events, sophomore Josh Mertz in the weight throw and shot put and senior Wyatt Thompson-Siporen in pole vault both set PR’s. There were many other top placers that had impressive showings, so hopefully the men can continue to build on the momentum before the season comes to a close.
On the women’s side, a plethora of athletes set season best marks, including senior Gillian Maness and juniors Trisha Carlson and Lexi Kyro in the mile, sophomore Maddie Brockel in the 60-meter, sophomore Elena Carter in 60-meter hurdles, senior McKenna Ramsey in the 400-meter, junior Megan Good in the 800-meter, freshman Kathleen Glockner in the 5,000-meter, freshman Maisee Brown and junior Alex Hellenberg in pole vault, sophomore Twila Reovan and freshman Evelyn Adams in long jump, sophomore Lucy Corbett and freshman Zoe Johnson in the high jump and junior Leah Klein and sophomore Madi Arneson in the shot put. Brockel and sophomore Delaney Smith both set personal records in the 200-meter. Hellenberg also moved into fourth in program history all-time in the triple jump with a leap of 38’10.25”. Corbett’s high jump of 5’9” is the top jump in the Big Sky Conference this season. There were several additional top performers who had great showings at the meet, providing the women a ton of confidence entering the final stretches of the indoor track & field season.
Complete results for both the men and women can be found at msubobcats.com. Between Thursday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 15, the squads will be split between the Husky Classic in Seattle, WA, and the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, NM, which is this year’s host of the NCAA National Championship on Mar. 13-14. With the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships approaching, Feb. 27-29, the Cats are hoping to peak at the right time in their push for a conference championship.