POCATELLO, Idaho – Montana State had a strong day on the oval as the track and field program closed out the Bengal Invitational on Saturday at Davis Field. 

First-place finishes by Duncan Hamilton and Drake Schneider stood out for the Bobcats. 

Hamilton took first in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8 minutes, 54.39 seconds. His lifetime-best mark, which converted approximately 10 seconds due to altitude, moves him into MSU's all-time top five in the event. Though early in the outdoor season, Hamilton's time is also the fastest in the NCAA West Region and is among the top 50 ran in the world this year. 

Schneider took first in the 400-meter hurdles with a personal best of 50.12 seconds. His time, converted to 50.19 due to altitude, is the second fastest ever ran by a men's Big Sky runner. It also placed him in the top 10 of the West Region rankings and is one of the 25 fastest in the world this year. 

"Drake and Duncan both had breakthrough meet performances this weekend," said Lyle Weese, MSU's director of track and field. "They have really established themselves as contenders at the national level in the 400 hurdles and 3,000-meter steeplechase." 

MSU's Damien Nelson, Derrick Olsen and Will Anderson all recorded first-place showings among sprinters. Anderson took first in the men's 400 with a personal-best time of 48.49. Olsen matched his 14.14 time from a day prior to take first again in the 100 hurdles finals Saturday. Nelson clocked a lifetime best 21.64 in the 200 to finish first. Though Nelson placed second in the 100, his time of 10.67 placed him MSU's all-time top five in the event. 

The sprints group had Jared Schwend (400 hurdles) and Alex Hershey (400) register personal-best times of 53.86 and 50.12 en route to fourth-place showings. Henry Adams, who took fifth in the men's pole vault, added a fifth-place finish in the 100 hurdles as well. MSu's 4x400 relay of Schwend, Anderson, Nelson and Schneider took first in a season-best 3:14.38. 

MSU's women's sprints squad was led by Macy White. who took second in the 100 (12.02) and third in the 200 (24.82). Elena Carter registered a lifetime best in the 100 hurdles of 14.07 to take fourth. Morgan Evans placed fifth in the 100 with a mark of 12.46. Carter, Evans, White and Evelyn Adams combined for a runner-up showing in the 4x100 relay with a season-best mark of 46.90. 

The Bobcats' distance squad had a good showing as well.

Following Hamilton in the men's steeplechase, Levi Taylor took fourth with a time of 9:10.47 that converted nears MSU's all-time top 10 chart. Cooper West took sixth in 9:20.86 and Isaac Schmidt finished 12th in 9:36.05. MSU's women's steeplechase was led by strong races by Trisha Carlson, Gillian Maness and Lexi Kyro, who took the third, fourth and sixth spots. 

Elena Vandersloot led MSU in the women's 5,000 in 17:38.81. Noah Majerus was the men's top finisher in the 800 crossing the line in 1:53.05. 

MSU's field team recorded two first-place finishes as Noah Martin (men's high jump) and Carla Nicosia (women's triple jump) paced the field. Alec Nehring added another first-place effort as he recorded the top mark in the men's shot put. 

Idaho State's Kylie Greenwell, a hammer thrower from Great Falls CMR, had a PR and finished second with a toss of 54.13 meters.

Montana State returns to action next Saturday at Montana in the annual Cat-Griz Dual.

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