Sophomore jumper Lucy Corbett, and both track teams, took on Idaho State in their first meet of the year at Worthington Arena on Friday, Jan. 22. The MSU Exponent had the opportunity to speak with Corbett after she was named the Big Sky Conference Female Athlete of the Week for breaking a 24-year-old MSU record for the high jump.
Corbett easily cleared the first two heights before setting her sights on toppling MSU’s Janet Claypool’s record of 5-feet, 09.75-inches set in 1997. In Friday’s meet, Corbett cleared the bar at5-feet, 10-inches (1.78m) with ease to take first place in the event.
“It has been really gratifying to finally after years of hard work with my coaches and teammates to achieve my PR once again,” Corbett said. “It has been almost three years now since I’ve been able to jump 5’10” at a meet so it just feels really great that I can begin to work toward a new PR.”
Corbett has been a track and field sensation for both the indoor and outdoor teams ever since she first donned the Montana State uniform. In the 2018-19 indoor season, Corbett was namedBig Sky Women’s Track & Field Freshman of the Year and was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team. In the following indoor season, Corbett claimed back-to-back Big Sky titles in the high jump at the conference championships in Pocatello, Idaho.
Luckily for Corbett, the coronavirus pandemic has not altered her training. “Since the pandemic, our training hasn’t changed much. Other than working in smaller groups and wearing masks indoors, we are still training just as hard as any other season.” She did say she’s had to go into quarantine for possible exposure and close contact but, obviously, it has not deterred her from leaping to new heights.
“My team and coaches are my motivation, Corbett said. “They push me to work hard and do my best. I want to bring in as many points as possible for the team at our conference meet.”
A graduate of Bozeman High School, Corbett is studying biochemistry at MSU. She has been named to the Big Sky All-Academic team twice and has been recognized nationally by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as an All-Academic selection.
Representing the Blue and Gold means a lot to Corbett. She has a large sense of pride in being a Bobcat. “I love being a part of this team. No matter the event group, everyone is so genuinely supportive of each other and we all want to see each other succeed,” Corbett said. “I am very grateful to be a part of such a positive community of talented people.”
Looking ahead, Corbett hopes to improve on her already impressive stint at MSU. “My long term goal for the remainder of my high jump career would be to break the outdoor record (5’10”) and set a new personal best for myself,” she said. Corbett has also taken up a new event this season, the long jump, for which she came up with an ambitious goal. “This is my first year doing long jump, but I hope to place in long jump at conference one season.”
Corbett and the MSU Track and Field teams are set to take on Idaho State again at Worthington Arena on Friday, Feb. 5. Although fans can’t attend meets this year, you can still support the track and field team by following them on social media @MSUBobcatsTFXCand wishing the athletes luck when you see them on campus. Congratulations Lucy, and Go Cats.