Track and field: Griz battle Vandals, Eagles, weather
All things considered, with the conditions being described as “rainy, snowy, windy, freezing, miserable” by coach Brian Schweyen, the Montana track and field teams’ performance on Saturday at the 45th annual Pelluer Invitational in Cheney, Wash., was just fine.
The Grizzlies, facing Eastern Washington and Idaho for the second straight weekend, had a dozen individual event winners and picked up a relay victory on a day when eye-popping results were almost impossible to produce.
“The conditions just didn’t allow us to build on what we did last weekend,” said Schweyen, whose teams opened the outdoor season at the Al Manuel Northwest Duals in Missoula last Friday and Saturday.
“The weather didn’t allow us to do what we were hoping to do, but there were still some kids who had really good days.”
The best belonged to Daniel Jones, who won the javelin with a throw of 213-0, an eight-foot PR and a lock to get him to regionals next month in Austin, Texas (where the complaint will be that it’s too hot and humid, but that’s outdoor track and field in the NCAA’s West Region in the spring).
“He was probably the performer of the day,” said Schweyen. “He did it on his first throw, and it was cold and windy when he hit it.”
Kyle Morris went 196-7 to finish second in his first collegiate javelin competition. Brady Coffman, competing for the first time in more than a year after injuring his elbow last spring, was third at 174-0.
On the track for the men’s team, Jordon Wallin led a first-through-fourth finish in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.82. Karsten Pease, at 1:55.42, and Noah Adams, at 1:55.84, also broke 1:56 on a day when that meant something.
Dylan Reynolds won the 400-meter hurdles, defeating Idaho’s Mack Baxter, who edged Reynolds last Saturday at Dornblaser Field, in a season-best time of 53.36.
Smiedala took a full second off the adjusted 58.77 she ran last Saturday, and Hardarson cut more than two seconds off her PR.
Emily Cheroske finished second to Smeidala in the 400 meters, running a career-best 58.52.
For the second straight week the Grizzlies dominated the discus, with Kayla Holmes once again leading the way. She threw 156-3 one week after going 161-1.
Nearly two dozen athletes will compete for Montana next week in Southern California at the Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational. The weather is forecasted to be sunny and in the mid-70s.