April 26, 2014
Montana State swept the annual Griz-Cat Dual Saturday in Bozeman, but Montana had a number of standout individual performances, including two new school records.
Senior Keith Webber broke both the Montana and dual records in the pole vault when he went 17-2.75, and junior Caitlin Caraway broke her own school record in the hammer with a throw of 183-1 on a cold and windy but dry day at MSU's track and field complex.
A year after the Grizzlies swept both duals at Dornblaser Field in Missoula, the Bobcats did the same, winning the women's matchup by a score of 99-90 and the men's 111-72.
"I think it was close enough that if we'd had Kourtney or Anika, we'd have won, but MSU is beat up too and had some kids not competing, so it was probably a pretty level playing field," said UM coach Brian Schweyen.
"We competed well and had our chances, but it didn't work out."
In the men's dual, Montana State won 13 of 18 events and had seven 1-2 finishes to defeat the Grizzlies for the third time in four years.
Montana's wins came in the 200 meters, both hurdles races, the high jump and pole vault.
"In events where we're good, we're really good, and where we're not, we're not. We just have too many holes," Schweyen said. "We need to get better balance on the men's team."
Webber's mark gives him both the Montana indoor and outdoor pole vault records.
He went 17-1.5 in January during the indoor season for his first school record. His effort Saturday broke both the UM record, held by Griz jumps coach Adam Bork of 16-10.75 from 2002, and MSU's John Wurtz's dual record of 17-1.25 from 1998.
And to think Webber's heart wasn't into it prior to the meet.
"He was saying when we got off the bus that the weather was terrible and that we should turn around and go home," Schweyen reported. "I guess it turned out to be a pretty good day for him.
"He got out on the runway and was feeling pretty good and figured it wasn't as bad as he thought. He got pretty excited and had some good jumps, which got him more excited. He smoked (17-2.75) by four or five inches."
Caraway broke Kiandra Rajala's school record in the hammer throw at Bozeman on April 5. She added seven inches to her record Saturday with a throw of 183-1 that won the event by more than 20 feet.
Caraway's win was one of seven for the Montana women on the day. The Grizzlies' strongest events were the long jump, triple jump and javelin, and the team's strongest performer was sophomore Sammy Evans.
Evans led Montana to a 1-2 finish in the triple jump with a winning and career-best effort of 40-4.75. She placed second in the long jump at 18-2.5, her first time over 18 feet, and tied for third in the high jump at 5-3, a quarter-inch off her PR.
"That was only her third time this season high jumping, so when she puts a little more time into that event, she can be a consistent 5-5 jumper," Schweyen said of the Big Sky Conference indoor triple jump champion.
"She's over 18 feet in the long jump now, and her triple jump is getting back to where it should be, so she is going to be a really big help for us."
Montana's lone wins in running events came from senior McKenzie Luth, who posted a Big Sky-qualifying time of 56.45 in the 400 meters, and freshman Reagan Colyer, whose time of 2:12.52 was eight one-hundredths off the dual record.
The Grizzlies went 1-2-3 in both the long jump and javelin, with senior Lindsey Hall winning both events.
Hall went 18-8.5 in the former. She was followed in the results by Evans and freshman Nicole Stroot, who went 18-0.5 to match Evans in going over 18 feet for the first time.
Sophomore Cody Curtis finished third in the 800 meters in an altitude-adjusted time of 1:52.51. His time gave him Montana's second new Big Sky qualification.
The Griz men won just two field events. Webber took the pole vault, and senior Austin Emry claimed the high jump at 6-6.75.
Montana will compete at home the next two weeks. The Grizzlies will host the three-day Montana Open next Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the Tom Gage Classic on Friday, May 9, the team's final meet before the Big Sky championships at Flagstaff, Ariz., in mid-May.
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