BOZEMAN – Montana State continued its recent streak of success at the annual Cat-Griz Dual on Saturday at the Bobcat Track & Field Complex as the men’s and women’s teams completed another sweep over Montana.
The Bobcat women’s team easily eliminated the Griz by a margin of 111.50-55.50 to earn their fourth straight victory in the rivalry series. The MSU men won their eighth straight in a head-to-head doubleheader against Montana by a score of 88-67.
“We had tough conditions, but I think both teams came out and competed hard,” said Lyle Weese, athletic director for Montana State’s Dale Kennedy. “I think we performed well, which is good to see regardless of the elements.”
Both teams battled high winds throughout the encounter, including a high temperature of 41 degrees.
The Montana State women’s team produced 12 first-place finishes in 17 scored events Saturday.
Elena Carter had two excellent performances in the long jump and the 100 meters hurdles, Camila Noe did the same in the 1,500 and 5,000, while Alex Hellenberg took first place in the triple pole vault. Macy White (100) and Madison Smith (800) also won first place for the Bobcats. Celestia Hammond (javelin), Madi Arneson (discus), Lucy Corbett (high jump) and Leah Klein (shot put). MSU also posted the best times in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays on the women’s side.
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White (11.97) and Smith (2:20.47) each posted season-best times in their respective wins, while Hammond had his season-best throw of 144ft, 4in (44.00m). ) in the javelin. Kylie Christiansen added a lifetime best mark of 171-06 (52.28m) to take third place in the hammer throw.
The MSU men’s team had two athletes who had at least more than one victory in an individual event. Duncan Hamilton finished first in the 1,500m and 5,000m, while Derrick Olsen posted the fastest times in the 100m and 200m. Drake Schneider (400m), Chris Bianchini (800m), Colby Wilson (pole vault) also finished first in their respective events. ), Hunter Nicholson (long jump), Cantor Coverdell (javelin throw), Ian Fosdick (triple jump) and Alec Nehring (shot put).
Coverdell had the highest score of the day for the Bobcat men’s team. Coverdell had a javelin throw of 223-11 (68.26m). That mark improved his personal best by more than two feet – which he now sits third all-time in the history of the event’s schedule – and he fell just one foot from the school records. His throw is among the top 10 in the West Region this season.
The Montana State women’s team took a 20-19 advantage in the Cat-Griz series against Montana with their win. Bobcat’s men’s team has now won 10 of the last 11 games against Montana, but the Griz still hold a 55-32 series lead.
Montana State continues its outdoor season next weekend as the Bobcats travel to the Los Angeles area with their athletes appearing in a variety of competitions.