Schneider and Hamilton clock high-caliber times to lead the Bobcats on Friday

POCATELLO, Idaho – Montana State Athletics saw two athletes enter the top echelon of the NCAA’s outdoor season performance list on Friday to mark the start of the Bobcats’ weekend of competition.

Drake Schneider produced a new school record and a Big Sky Conference record for the second straight year at the Idaho State Bengal Invitational. Schneider took first place in the 400-metre hurdles preliminaries clocking 49.88 seconds. His first-place finish bettered his previous best mark of 50.12 at Davis Field just over a year ago. Schneider’s time currently ranks among the top 10 individuals on the NCAA Division I performance list in the event.

A small contingent of Bobcat distance runners traveled to Stanford, Calif. to compete in the Payton Jordan Invitational. Their appearance featured an eventful 3,000m obstacle course. Duncan Hamilton raced in a hotly contested field and clocked 8:26.44. His fourth-place finish was just two seconds behind Eastern Kentucky’s Ahmed Jaziri. The time for Hamilton qualifies him for the United States Track and Field Championships in June and currently ranks him second on the NCAA performance list, behind Jaziri.

Montana State debuted the two-day Bengal Invitational on Friday with a majority of Bobcats competing in the competition.

Several artists had strong performances in the final. Matt Furdyk took second place in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 180 feet 9 inches (55.11 m) to have the best throwing result of the day. Lea Klein completed a hammer throw mark of 171 feet, 2 inches (52.17 m) to serve as MSU’s top finisher in women’s competition.

Also winning a fourth place was Celestia Hammond in the women’s javelin throw. Kylie Christiansen finished seventh in hammer throw and javelin, while Zoe Waddell placed in the top 10 in women’s hammer throw.

The women’s long jump saw five Bobcats place in the top 11 in the individual standings. Elena Carter placed second overall with her jump of 19-04.75 (5.91m). Alex Hellenberg clocked a personal best 19-01.50 (5.83m), which moved him from 10th to 7th place in the event’s program history. Lucy Corbett took fifth place, Hannah Hicks ranked 10th and Evelyn Adams finished 11th for the Bobcats.

The women’s 1,500m featured a third and fourth place finish from Montana State as Alex Moore (4:42.88) and Hannah Perrin (4:43.13) recorded solid times.

MSU’s sprint group earned several performers points that propelled them to the final races on Saturday.

Macy White recorded the fastest 200 (24.47) and second fastest 100 (11.92) among competitors in her respective women’s races. On Friday, Carter posted the best times in the 100m (11.75) and 100m hurdles (13.68) preliminaries. Joining Carter in the women’s 100m hurdles final is Morgan Evans and Adams, who posted second and seventh times of 13.92 and 14.73 respectively. The female side also saw Morgan Hansen fourth place in the 400m preliminaries finishing at 58.08. The narrowly missing final appearances were Leigha Carterwho finished ninth in the 100m and 11th in the 200m, as well as Anna Trudnowski who took 10th place in the 400 hurdles.

Male sprinters were highlighted by Derrick Olsen who had the highest score in the 110 hurdles (13.96) and the second best 100 (10.67). Will Anderson clocked the fastest time in the men’s 400m preliminaries with 47.87, while Alex Hershey joins him in Saturday’s finals by posting the eighth best time of 49.55. Almost making a final was Does Prettyman who took ninth place in the 100m with a time of 10.86. Riley Collins led the men’s Bobcat in the 1,500m as he crossed the finish line in 3:56.06.

The remaining Bobcats who raced at the Payton Jordan Invite were Levi Taylor, Ben Perrin and Matthew Richtman. Taylor took fourth place overall in the second steeplechase section clocking a time of 8:42.73. Richtman’s fifth place in the second section of the 5000m came in 13:47.85. Perrin ran in the first section of the 5,000m and finished 13th in 13:36.99. Both times were lifetime records as Perrin now sits second in program history in the outdoor 5,000m, while Richtman ranks fifth.

Montana State continues competition at the Bengal Invitational on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

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