Well- we're off the to start of the indoor track and field season for the collegiate athletes in the state. MSU-Billings has already attended a meet out of state; but, the rest of the in-state squads really got the season kicked off at last nights MSU open in Bozeman.
Full results can be found at: http://www.montana.edu/cats/frameset3.htm. For me, the highlights seemed to be (in no particular order):
Patrick Casey (Laurel HS alum - MSU (but running unattached - red shirt year????) - wins the mile in 4:15.82. I'm pretty sure that this is a PR for Casey. As a freshman, he continues to come up big in his performances as he trasnitions to the college level.
Amber Watson - Rocky Mountain College - here's a girl who has run for several years; but, just started serious training and racing (in fact I'm not sure that she raced in high school) in the last 18 months. Since then, she has become one of the top XC runners in the Frontier Conference and qualified for NAIA nationals last fall. Last night, she hung with the "big girls", finishing 5th in the 3,000 at 11:05.16
Alan King - Amber's coach at RMC and one of the young-gun studs of the Montana racing scene. Here's a guy running around 100 miles a week as he gears up for a spring marathon and decides to drop waaaaay down in distance to work on his speed. The result - a 9:15.71 that placed him mid-pack against the college kids. Not bad for a marathoner.
Sarah Jackson - MSU-Billings: A product of Dave Coppock's program - she also ran with the big girls and more than held her own, running right in the mix with the UM and MSU girls and finishing in 2:24.63.
Katrina Drennan - University of Montana - a sub-5:00 time (4:59.46) in winning the women's mile race. Well within the BSC qualifitying time and just a few seconds outside of an NCAA provisional qualifier. Then she comes back to win the 3,000 in 10:18 and qualifies for the Big Sky meet in that event also.
Ellie Rudy - MSU - NCAA pole valut champion. Well short of her PR - but, her win at 12-11 1/2 (3.95 meters) is an NCAA provisional mark and gets her off to a great start in defense of her national title.
All in all a pretty good way to start off the season.
See you on the roads, tracks and trails
The Muddy Buzzard