Griz fare well in Spokane meet
SPOKANE, WASH. ¨C The University of Montana women¡¯s and men¡¯s track and field teams added one NCAA Regional qualifier and three new Big Sky Conference qualifiers, competing in the Duane Hartman Invitational, which was hosted by Spokane Falls Community College on Saturday.
Courtney Kosovich, a freshman from Billings, cleared 3.85 meters (12-7 ?) in the pole vault, to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. The qualifying mark in the pole vault for the Regionals is exactly 3.85 meters.
The Grizzlies¡¯ three new Big Sky qualifiers were Dennis Brand and Sean Clark, both in the 800 meters, and Kyle Danreuther in the 400-meter hurdles.
Brand, a senior from Canby, Ore., was taken off redshirt status this week and won the 800 in a time of 1:54.60, while Clark, a sophomore from Kalispell, finished second in the 800 and was clocked in the exact Big Sky qualifying standard of 1:55.00.
Kyle Danreuther, a freshman from Big Sandy, finished second in the 400-meter hurdles to teammate Landon Bowery, but his time of 55:46 qualified him for the league meet. Bowery, a sophomore from Ennis, had a winning time of 54.78 in the intermediates.
¡°I am glad we got the meet in,¡± said UM track and field coach Tom Raunig. ¡°It was chilly here today in Spokane, but fortunately there was not too much wind. We had a lot of improvements and we had a lot of winners, so all-in-all it was a good day for us.¡±
Montana took 21 total first places ¨C 11 by the men¡¯s team and 10 by the women¡¯s squad.
Junior James Brown (Littleton, Colo.) was a double-winner, taking the 100 meters in a time of 10.98 and the 200 in 21.96, and also ran a leg on the Grizzlies¡¯ winning 4x100 relay unit (in a good time of 42.33).
Another double-winner on the men¡¯s side was Christian Segota, a freshman from local Hellgate High School, who won the long jump (21-2 ? ) and triple jump (43-9 1/4).
Freshman Jenna Haven (East Wenatchee, Wash.) was a dual winner on the women¡¯s side, winning the 100 in 12.93 and the 200 in a career-best 25.90.
With Haven¡¯s sweep in the 100 and 200, UM¡¯s women¡¯s squad won virtually every race from the 100 to 1500 meters. Senior Stephanie Radke (Billings) won the 400 (59.07); freshman Bridgette Hoenke (Billings) won the 800 in a career-best 2:17.82; and soph Kara Dewalt (Darby) won the 1500 (4:41.14).
The men had the same dominating results as the women, with Brown winning the two ¡°short¡± sprints, and Grizzly runners winning the 400, 800, and 1500. Senior Ryan Senn (Hamilton) won the 400 in 50.28; Brand won the 800; and senior Jesse Loether (Hazelhurst, Wis.) won the 1500 in a career-best 4:02.10.
Other winners for the men¡¯s team included senior Jake Stevens (Seattle), who bettered his career-best in the shot put by more than a foot with a career-best throw of 53-0, and senior Curtis Bean (Eureka) won the hammer with a heave of 189-7.
Sophomore Megan Betz (DeWitt, Iowa) won the 100-meter hurdles in 16:10; freshman Courtney Ferda (Whitefish) placed first in the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 67.84; sophomore Jessa Linford (Seeley Lake), who also plays on the Lady Griz basketball team won the high jump (5-3); Kosovich garnered a first in the pole vault; and senior Stephanie Bortz (Thompson Falls) was a winner in the hammer throw with an excellent toss of 162-5.
Griz assistant coach Adam Bork competed unattached in the pole vault and won that event with a height of 16-0 3/4. Sophomore Dan Beaudin, who lettered for the Griz in football and basketball this past season and just starting competing in track, was third in the discus with a throw of 152-8.
About 12 Griz track athletes will compete in the Drake Relays, April 24-26, while the rest of the UM teams will be at home for the Montana Open on Saturday, April 26.
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