Montana State

Soratos reaches final, Ferriter’s career ends in Eugene

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The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships kicked off today in Eugene, Oregon where two Bobcat’s competed for a shot at a national championships. Cristian Soratos pushed himself into the finals and Sean Ferriter finished his career in the hammer throw.

Soratos came into today’s race ranked third overall with a seed time of 3:42.60. The Salinas, California native placed sixth out of 23 total competitors, crossing the finish line in 3:41.15, .02 seconds faster than his school record time. Soratos placed sixth in his heat and sixth overall.

Soratos will compete on Friday at 5:45 p.m. in the finals.

“Cristian started to scare me a little bit, but he got the job done,” head coach Dale Kennedy said. “He’s going to have to run a little more tactically on Friday if he wants to win this thing. He ran a 60 and 57 in his first two splits, which is a little too aggressive in a race like this. He’s a smart runner and knows what he has to do physically and mentally be a competitor in the finals.”

Ferriter ended his career as a Bobcat today, finishing 24th at the championships throwing a distance of 186-10. The Butte native didn’t see the results he hoped for. Ferriter sits second all-time on MSU top 10 list with a mark of 211-08, a throw that won the Big Sky title in the hammer.

“Sean has been a great competitor of us for your years. He’s improved from throwing in the 160’s to being one of the best throwers to come through the program. Sure, it was a disappointing finish to his career and his season, but he has so much to be proud of making it this far. He’s one of the top 24 throwers in the country and that’s something he can look back on and be proud of.”

Heather Demorest and Paige Squire will compete tomorrow in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 400 hurdles, respectively. Demorest will run at 5:57 and Squire at 7:00 p.m., both on ESPNU.

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.