Athletics is hosting the Bobcat Challenge this weekend

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Montana State track and field team returns to Worthington Arena for the first time this weekend in 2023 as it hosts the Jan. 20-21 Bobcat Challenge.

Friday’s events begin at 1:00 p.m. with the men’s heptathlon 60m. In addition to the men’s heptathlon and the women’s pentathlon, the open flights of the pole vault will also take place on Friday at 2 p.m., on Saturday the men’s weight throw will start at 9.20 a.m., while the first run on the track will be the women’s mile Midday. The meeting will not be live streamed, but a link to the live results can be found on the track and field team’s schedule page on msubobcats.com.

Aside from MSU, Idaho State is the only Division I competition this week. Montana State Billings, Carroll College, University of Providence, Montana Tech, Montana Western and Rocky Mountain College will also be in attendance.

The Bobcat Challenge marks the first time since the Bobcat PReview meeting that all event groups will compete against each other. Last week at the Cougar Classic, MSU brought a sprint- and throw-heavy contingent to Spokane, but this time the team will compete the full distance for the first time this season, plus the Bobcats will compete in the men’s heptathlon and women’s pentathlon for first times this season.

As Friday’s action begins, several Bobcats will make their heptathlon and pentathlon debuts. Garrett Coley is the only male athlete in the heptathlon Shelby Schweyen and Lina Sophie Hommel are the MSU representatives in the women’s pentathlon. All three athletes are competing in the indoor multi-events for the first time.

Saturday’s action begins with the men’s weight throw, highlighted by Matt Furdyk, who starts the race with a team lead of 19.69 m (64-7.25). The sophomore made that mark at the Bobcat PReview meeting in December; it ranks fourth all-time in the state of Montana.

After her school-record-breaking performance in the 60-meter hurdles, Elena Carter will focus on the long jump this week. She jumped a team best of 5.87m (19-3.25) at the Bobcat PReview meeting and is the highest-seeded jumper of the event. Montana State also has the top seeded athletes in the men’s long jump (Dylan Lee), the women’s triple jump (Twila Reovan) and the men’s triple jump (Ian Fosdick).

The Montana State pole vault team will be looking to improve on their solid start to the season so far. Colby Wilson (5.25m, 17-2.75) and Maisee Brown (3.97m, 13-0.25) have the highest marks in the Big Sky Conference so far, and both will be looking to improve again against fields of over a dozen competitors.

Montana State’s distance team will be back in full force at the Bobcat Challenge. The 3,000-meter dash will feature all seven runners on the Bobcats’ NCAA Cross Country Championship team; Predictably, the men’s team has the top nine fastest set times in the fast-paced heat of the 3,000m. Duncan Hamilton – who set the school record in the 5,000 meters in Boston last month – Ben Perrin, Matthew Richtman, Levi Taylor and Owen Smith are all seeded with times of 8:20 or faster.

The women’s fast run over 3,000 meters is also accompanied by bobcats. Camila Noe and Alex Moore are the only two runners seeded under 10 minutes while Ava Weems, Lindsey Paulson and Mya Dube round off the five fastest times. Moore is the only MSU distance woman to compete this season. At the Bobcat PReview last December, she ran the 5,000m under 17 for the first time in her career.

Following this meeting, the Bobcats will make their second trip of the season to Spokane to compete in the WSU Combined Events and Multis taking place February 2-4 at The Podium. For all meeting information and updates, please visit the Men’s and Women’s Athletics pages on msubobcats.com.

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