Sunday, January 23, 2011

Running Under Cover

The indoor season within the state kicked off Friday night at the MSU meet in Bozeman.  Nothing of real excitement - probably the best performance of the night was Patrick Casey's 8:24 3,000 - which is a qualifier for the Big Sky Conference meet (Daniel Jackson of MSU also made the BSC qualifier with his 8:35).

To me the real highlight of the meet were the teams that were competing.  Sure, there was MSU and a small squad from UM.  Both schools from which we expect to see track teams every year.  What was different about this meet were some of the other schools that had athletes competing. 

How about MSU-Billngs, Rocky Mountain College, Carroll College and University of Great Falls?  It's fantastic to see these schools expanding their programs to include not just cross-country; but, also indoor and outdoor track.  It allows our in state, high school athletes to have more competitive opportunities without having to leave the state.  That's good for the kids; and, it's good for the sport in general.

The Muddy Buzzard

1 comment:

Scott C said...

And Heather Haug and Keeley West looked very tough in the 3000. Carl Nystuen also ran a very solid 3k for a season opener ... the Cats are looking good.