Big Sky Conference

Throwers enjoy big day while women’s half-milers dazzle at Big Sky Championship


Kaylee Schmitz set a school record in the 800 meters to lead Montana State through a strong third day at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Greeley, Colorado, on Friday.

A junior from O’Fallon, Illinois, Schmitz posted a mark of 2:08.67 to out-duel teammate Christie Schiel in the 800 m prelims. She advances with the top time entering Saturday’s finals in the event. In the process, the 2016 Big Sky Conference indoor champion in the event broke a 33-year old school record of 2:09.51 by Marty Billingsley. Schiel, the defending Big Sky outdoor champion and a junior from Cheyenne, Wyoming, logged a 2:11.65.

“We knew coming in that those two in the 800 would be quite a competitive battle, and they lived up to that in the prelims,” said Bobcat coach Dale Kennedy. “I look forward to watching them go head-to-head tomorrow.”

Senior Tanner Gambill of Forsyth earned All-Big Sky honors in the javelin throw for the third straight season. He posted his best mark of 211-8 on his second throw. The Cats also scored throwing points in the shot put, where Kyle Douglass (so., Missoula) recorded a toss of 53.5.75 and Calvin Root (so., Gilbert, Arizona) checked in at 52-9.5.

The Bobcat men’s team finished day three in second place in the team standings with 34 points (trailing heavily favored NAU by 20), boosted also by a pair of amphibious competitors. Matthew Gotta (fr., Bismarck, North Dakota) finished fourth with a 9:32.77, while classmate Ty Mogan (Laurel) finished seventh (9:37.08).

Montana State’s throws crew also aided the team cause on the women’s side. Junior Jacqueline Verlanic (Anaconda) finished fifth in the hammer throw at 175-11, while junior Callen Crawford (Vancouver, Washington) chucked it 172-03, good for eighth. Brittnee Grimstad, a senior from Billings, just missed scoring points with a ninth-place toss of 170-8.

Layne Oliver (so., Three Forks) posted MSU’s fourth all-time best mark in the steeplechase. She finished seventh at 10:56.62. A pair of Cats scored in the high jump, with Alisa Gilchrist (sr., Helena) finishing sixth and junior Jessica Chrisp (Deer Park, Washington) eight, both with jumps of 5-5. Places were decided by number of misses.

In addition to Schmitz and Schiel, Amanda Jaynes passed through the prelims. The so. From Salt Lake City finished second among all competitors in the 400 hurdles with a 59.80, and sixth in the 100 hurdles at 14.22.

“We had a big day today,” Kennedy said. “We’re ahead of our points projections on both (the men’s and women’s) sides, and the kids are competing extremely hard. We had a number of personal bests, which tells me that they’re still improving and that they responded to the competition level very well. I look forward to a great finishing day on Saturday.”

The final day of competition begins with field events at 10 am, and track events at 12 noon. Full MSU results are below…

MSU Athlete results


Javelin: 2. Tanner Gambill, 211-8 (ALL-BIG SKY)

Long Jump: 14. Trevor Simanski, 21-1.25; 16. Mason Storm, 20-5.75

Shot Put: 5. Kyle Douglass, 53-5.75; 8. Calvin Root, 52-9.5 (personal best)

3000m Steeplechase: 4. Matthew Gotta, 9:32.77 (personal best); 7. Ty Mogan, 9:37.08 (personal best); 10. Justice Lamer,  9:47.34; 12. Anthony Schmalz, 9:53.57


MEN’S RESULTS – PRELIMS (top 8 advance to Saturday’s finals)

100m: 7. Mitchell Horning, 10.68 (personal best)

400m: 12. Jadin Casey, 49.11

110m Hurdles: 18. Mason Storm, 15.84

400m Hurdles: 10. Christopher Lange, 54.29 (personal best); 13. Eric Zechenelly, 56.01



3000m Steeplechase: 7. Layne Oliver, 10:56.62; 14. Jenette Northey, 11:31.25

High Jump: 6. Alisa Gilchrist, 5-5; 8. Jessica Chrisp, 5-5; 19. Danielle Rider, 5-1

Hammer Throw: 5. Jacqueline Verlanic, 175-11; 8. Callen Crawford, 172-3; 9. Brittnee Grimsrud, 170-8

Long Jump: 12. Jessica Chrisp, 18-1.5; 14. Danielle Rider, 17-10.25; 20. Megan Ralstin, 16-4.5

Discus: 13. Alexandra Rowland, 130-5; 14. Brittnee Grimstad, 129-3


WOMEN’S RESULTS – PRELIMS (top 8 advance to Saturday’s finals)

100m: 17. Daryan Box, 12.38

400m: 9. Elisabeth Krieger, 54.36

800m: 1. Kaylee Schmitz, 2:08.67 (SCHOOL RECORD); 3. Christie Schiel, 2:11.65; 14. Taylor Buscy, 2:15.50; 20. Kendra Larson, 1:16.41

100m Hurdles: 6. Amanda Jaynes, 14.22; Danielle Rider, 14.55; Jessica Chrisp, 15.03

400m Hurdles: 2. Amanda Jaynes, 59.80; 10. Holly Anderson, 1:02.88 (personal best)

Press Release courtesy of Bill Lamberty – Montana State Sports Information. All Rights Reserved.

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