BOZEMAN — In the team's final meet of the regular season, Montana dominated the field, winning 14 of 16 field events in the Tom Gage Classic. Competing against other athletes from the Treasure State, the Grizzlies had several prominent moments, including double wins by Josh Riley and Brent Yeakey.
Riley, who will compete in the decathlon next week at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships, had a season-best performance in the high jump (6 feet, 5 inches) and recorded a PR in the long jump by more than a foot (23-1.25). Yeakey won both the shot put and discus (162-8) for the second consecutive week, setting a PR in the shot put by three feet (58-6.5).
Like Montana's men, the women also won seven of eight field events. Grace Slevin earned her first career win, clearing 11-4.25 in the pole vault, while Jane Booth won the high jump at 5-6 and Carla Nicosia had a strong performance in the triple jump, soaring 39 feet for the second week in a row. Just six other Big Sky jumpers have done that this season, with Nicosia currently ranked second.
Montana's throwers continued to remain sensational, winning the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
The Grizzlies went 1-2-3 in the shot put, led by Kayla Holmes' season-best 43-9.75. Holly Houston placed second in the shot put (43-9.25), in addition to winning the discus (147-3) and finishing third in the hammer throw (132-8). Mariah Harvey had a PR in the hammer throw (168-8, second) and was within six inches of last week's PR in the shot put (42-8, third).
Hana Feilzer cleared 200 feet in the hammer throw for the fourth consecutive meet, again getting within two feet of her own school record (204-1). No other Big Sky athlete has reached that mark this season, and just two others have reached 180.
As good as Feilzer was in the women's hammer throw, Shawn Humphries on the men's side was equally impressive. He threw a lifetime-best 194-8, a PR of more than five feet and a figure that ranks sixth in the Big Sky this season.
Other top field moments included Kahsiah Benson in the pole vault (PR 11-5.25) and Hannah Kearns in the long jump (season-best 17-9). Jordan Stow placed second in the long jump, with a PR of 22-8.5, and Brendan Thurber-Blaser hit a PR in the discus (131-7) and a season best in the shot put (40-2.75). Nathan Graves won the javelin for the first time ever, with a PR of more than 10 feet (184-0).
Additionally, Freshman Emma Normand set a PR in the 200 meters (26.20 seconds) and was within three-hundredths of a second of her best mark in the 100 meters (12.70). Mattison McAnally had a PR in the 400 meters (1:00.94). On the men's side, the Grizzlies had three PRs in the sprint events, including Alex Mustard in the 100 meters (10.77) and Paul Johnstone (21.65) and Kip Krebsbach (22.18) in the 200 meters).
The Grizzlies will now prepare for the 2019 Big Sky Outdoor Track & Field Championships, beginning Wednesday at Dornblaser Field. The four-day meet will stretch through Saturday and feature more than 500 athletes from across the Big Sky Conference.