Feb. 25, 2012
Junior Kourtney Danreuther won the 400 meters and junior Lindsey Hall scored in two more events to lead Montana's efforts Saturday on the final day of the 2012 Big Sky Conference indoor championships at Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Montana women, behind Hall's 25 points, finished fifth at the two-day championships with 60 points. The Griz men, behind freshman Lee Hardt's All-Big Sky finish in the high jump, placed seventh with 42 points.
Northern Arizona dominated the men's meet, breaking the indoor championships record with 215 points. Montana State was a distant second with 122 points. Eastern Washington placed third with 88.
The women's meet held more drama and came down to the day's final event, the 4x400-meter relay. Sacramento State won the race, but Weber State's second-place finish was enough for the Wildcats to out-point the Hornets overall, 132-131, and end Sac State's two-year indoor reign.
Portland State was a surprising third with 90 points.
The Montana women had seven point-scoring performances Saturday, highlighted by Danreuther's victory in the 400 meters.
Danreuther ran a Montana-record time of 54.17 to post the fastest preliminaries time Friday. She followed that up with a 54.52 Saturday to win by more than half a second over Sacramento State's Dominique Whittington.
The title gives Danreuther, who won the 400-meter hurdles title last spring, two Big Sky championships in her burgeoning career.
Forty-five minutes after winning the 400 meters, Danreuther finished sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.81.
Hall scored 16 points Friday with her title in the pentathlon and third-place finish in the high jump. Her nine points Saturday came with a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles and sixth-place finish in the triple jump.
She ran an 8.60 in the hurdles and was joined by junior teammate Anika Green in the event. Green placed seventh in a time of 8.65.
Hall's sixth-place triple jump distance was 38-7, which was just five inches off her career best. The Hornets owned the triple jump, taking the top three spots and scoring 28 points in the event.
Hall earned Most Valuable Athlete honors at last year's indoor championships after scoring 34 points. Her 25 points this year were not enough to repeat.
Weber State's Sarah Callister edged Hall out for MVA honors with her 28 points from victories in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters and a runner-up finish to teammate Amber Henry in the mile.
Senior Courtney Kosovich had her fourth career All-Big Sky finish when she took third in the pole vault, matching her career best at 12-9.5.
Freshman Ani Haas was the Grizzlies' other point-scorer Saturday. She ran a 2:17.82 to finish fifth in the 800 meters.
The Montana men had nine scoring efforts Saturday, but it wasn't enough to break out of the bottom third of the final standings. The Grizzlies finished just two points behind sixth-place Idaho State and three behind fifth-place Weber State.
Hardt, the team's most consistent performer all season in any event, placed third in the high jump at his first championships with a height of 6-9.
Pre-championships favorite Deante Kemper of NAU won the event with a jump of 7-0.5. Sac State's Anthony Williams went 6-10.25.
Lisowski, a former Griz football player, wrapped up his short season -- he competed only the last three weekends -- with a season-best time of 6.89 in the 60 meters.
Brumbaugh had a career-best shot put of 52-2.75.
Hambright ran a season-best 48.17 in the 400 meters, a promising career start at his first Big Sky championships, and Reneau scored in the triple jump for the second time in his career, going a career-best 45-7.75.
Freshman David Norris scored with his sixth-place finish in the 800 meters (1:58.14), sophomore Drew Owens placed seventh in the 400 meters (48.95), and freshman Brandon Forson scored a point in the shot put (50-7.5).
Hambright, Owens and Norris also teamed up with freshman Rex Quartarone for an eighth-place finish in the 4x400 meters (3:21.71).
Women's team scores
1. Weber State ... 132
2. Sacramento State ... 131
3. Portland State ... 90
4. Northern Arizona ... 85
5. Montana ... 60
6. Idaho State ... 57
7. Montana State ... 56
8. Eastern Washington ... 45
9. Northern Colorado ... 6
Montana's point scorers
10 -- Kourtney Danreuther, first, 400 meters
10 -- Lindsey Hall, first, pentathlon
8 -- Gwenn Abbott, second, high jump
6 -- Lindsey Hall, third, 60-meter hurdles
6 -- Lindsey Hall, third, high jump
6 -- Courtney Kosovich, third, pole vault
4 -- Ani Haas, fifth, 800 meters
3 -- Kourtney Danreuther, sixth, 200 meters
3 -- Lindsey Hall, sixth, triple jump
2 -- Anika Green, seventh, 60-meter hurdles
2 -- Jessica Leslie, seventh, long jump
Men's team scores
1. Northern Arizona ... 215
2. Montana State ... 122
3. Eastern Washington ... 88
4. Sacramento State ... 65
5. Weber State ... 45
6. Idaho State ... 44
7. Montana ... 42
8. Northern Colorado ... 30
9. Portland State ... 8
Montana's point scorers
6 -- Lee Hardt, third, high jump
5 -- Donny Lisowski, fourth, 60 meters
5 -- Richard Brumbaugh, fourth, shot put
4.5 -- Keith Webber, t-fourth, pole vault
4.5 -- Kaleb Horlick, t-fourth, pole vault
4 -- Dylan Hambright, fifth, 400 meters
4 -- Zane Reneau, fifth, triple jump
3 -- David Norris, sixth, 800 meters
2 -- Drew Owens, seventh, 400 meters
2 -- Distance medley relay, seventh (Reynolds, Quartarone, Riggs, Williams)
1 -- 4x400-meter relay, eighth (Owens, Quartarone, Norris, Hambright)
1 -- Brandon Forson, eighth, shot put
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