The Cats closed out their indoor track & field seasons this past weekend, Feb. 27-29, in Pocatello, Idaho. The men’s team took third with 77 points and the women’s team tied for seventh with 53 points. Both the men’s and women’s teams of Northern Arizona took first place, but both MSU teams had several impressive performances to earn points and reach the podium.
Starting with the men, junior Drake Schneider had a great weekend by taking third in the 200 and 400-meter. Both sophomore Duncan Hamilton, fourth place, and sophomore Riley Collins, seventh place, earned points in the mile for the Cats. The 4x400 meter relay team of Schneider, sophomore Derrick Olsen, junior Jared Schwend and freshman Will Prettyman took fourth. Freshman Ben Perrin took fourth in the 5,000-meter. Olsen beat his own school record by taking fourth in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Noah Martin placed second in the high jump and freshman Ian Fosdick took third in the triple-jump, putting himself in the top 10 in program history. Senior Wyatt Thompson-Siporen placed first in the long jump heptathlon, second in the shot put heptathlon and tied for fourth in the pole vault. Junior Alec Nehring earned points in shot put by taking fifth. Junior Caleb Neth took second in the 1000-meter run heptathlon and third in the long jump heptathlon.
“I thought we put in a great effort across the board,” said MSU’s director of track and field, Lyle Weese. “Things just didn’t fall into place for us. We had great effort across all event groups on both teams.”
On the women’s side, senior McKenna Ramsay capped her impressive indoor career with third in the 800-meter, setting a Bobcat record. Junior Morgan Evans placed second in the 60-meter hurdles, improving on her MSU all-time record. Sophomore Lucy Corbett took home the gold in the high jump. Junior Alex Hellenberg earned points in the pole vault and triple jump by taking seventh place in both events. You can read more on Hellenberg in “Cat Close-up: Get to know Alex Hellenberg” by Cameron Graves in the Feb. 20 issue of the Exponent. Both sophomore Twila Reovan, sixth place, and sophomore Elena Carter, eighth place, earned points in the long jump. Junior Leah Klein took second in the shot put.
“I think there were a lot of things we did well, but at the same time, there’s a lot of motivation to have a great outdoor conference championship both on our men’s and women’s sides,” said Weese. “Both teams finished a little lower than we expected, so I think this will serve as great motivation for our outdoor season.”
With the indoor season complete, the outdoor season commences. The first MSU track & field athletes will start competing again in late March. Stay tuned-in as coverage will continue for MSU’s track & field team through the outdoor season.