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Rob Stark scanned the results of Montana State's day's work Saturday afternoon at Dornblaser Field.

"A lot of times winning a meet is just simply taking care of business if you're supposed to win," said the 24th-year Bobcat men's coach. "We were supposed to win today by 19 points by my figures. I thought we took care of business."

Yep.

The Bobcats romped by 49 points over hobbling Montana, 123-74, a year after their 12-meet streak against UM was snapped by one point.

Like their male counterparts, MSU's women caught Montana at a good time to register a solid 118-84 victory. It ran the Lady Cats' win streak to four in cross-state outdoor meetings.

"We had a real good meet last week in Provo (Utah) and we kind of kept that rolling, I think," said Dale Kennedy, women's coach at Montana State.

The Lady Griz lost ground without injured hurdler Holly Gabbert, and Andrea Huntley was unable to run the 400. But the Grizzlies' woes on the men's side were worse. Pole vaulter/high jumper Adam Bork, top javelin thrower Doug Lefler and hurdler Kelly Simpson were all out due to injuries.

Saturday they also missed long jumpers/sprinters Calvin Coleman and Louis Patrick. Coleman rested a sore ankle after UM's final spring football scrimmage as he prepared to turn his attention to track. Patrick was held out as a precaution for lack of training.

"We knew we were a little shorthanded going in, but we were going to try to hide it as well as possible," Raunig said.

That became impossible when another sprinter, Kevin Hutchison, reinjured a leg early in the day in the 400 relay and had to withdraw from later sprints.

"Obviously it was as much a matter of Montana being shorthanded as us having a solid meet, but it was nice to get a win," Stark said. "Our last three duals with them were one-point affairs. For it to turn out this way is kind of surprising."

UM's peerless Sabrina Monro and Heather Anderson did their best to blunt the Bobcat charge. Monro, vying for an NCAA provisional time in the 1,500, received a rabbit pace from freshman teammate Lillian Hoffman and won handily in a meet record of 4 minutes, 31.32 seconds - a few seconds short of the NCAA mark.

Monro then got in some speed work, making up 20 meters and passing four runners in the 800 to nip Heidi Johnson of Montana State by one-hundredth of a second.

Anderson received a race-long push from MSU's Emily Thompson in the 3,000 and set a meet record in 10 minutes, 5.09 seconds.

Bobcat teams dominated the throwing events, with one exception. UM's Jamie Slyder overtook Montana State freshman Jennifer Allen on her last try to win the women's shot put with a toss of 45 feet, 71/2 inches.

Elsewhere, Chris Hutton led the MSU men to 31 of 32 possible points in shot put, hammer, discus and javelin. Allen, javelin ace Teri Ketcham, Heather Butcher and Frenchtown sophomore Chrissy McKinstry provided the MSU women with 28 points in the same four events.

It was a similar story in the jumps - high, long, triple and pole vault. The Bobcat men earned 29 of a possible 32, and the Lady Bobcats 26. MSU's Joni Matthews set a meet record in the women's triple jump of 39-11/2.

Montana sprung a couple of surprises. Freshman Craig Van Nice's best triple jump before Saturday was 45-31/2 two weeks ago. Four MSU jumpers had better marks this spring.

But the Helena Capital graduate put together a superb series, with four jumps over 45-6. His longest of 46-1/2 was equaled by MSU's Marc McGree. But Van Nice's second-best jump of 45-10 was farther, and he took first place.

"I guess it's a technique thing," the soft-spoken Van Nice said about his recent explosion. "I've been working on my technique. I did the triple jump a few times indoors but never over 44 feet the whole time."

In the men's 400 hurdles, the Grizzlies' Justin Morse, a sophomore from Havre, gave an old prep rival a scare. MSU's Jason Kiser of Great Falls, the Big Sky leader in the event, held off Morse to win in 53.22 seconds. Morse was timed in 53.45, which should move him into the No. 2 slot in the Big Sky.

Some of the thunder Saturday was stolen by contestants who were neither Grizzlies or Bobcats. Dennis Black of Great Falls, who threw for MSU and for Raunig at Upper Iowa in his collegiate career, qualified for his third Olympic trials in the men's shot put with a mark of 63-6. Black just missed his own stadium record of 63-91/2, set two years ago.

Ex-Grizzly and Missoula Big Sky standout John Batt also competed as an unattached entrant and won the javelin with a throw of 209-7. There have been only two Big Sky javelin throwers with better marks this spring.

The incomparable Atia Weekes of Calgary International Track Club made a return trip after setting the stadium 200-meter record two years ago at age 17. Weekes, who'll probably secure a spot as at least a reserve on the Canadian Olympic women's 400 relay team in August, made up a huge chunk of real estate as anchor leg of Calgary's winning 400 relay quartet, then blew away the competition in the women's 100.

Unfortunately, the automatic timing system wasn't hooked up for the race. Weekes' hand time was 11.4 seconds. Converted, it was just over the stadium record of 11.70 set 10 years ago by Eastern Washington's Joyce Rainwater.

MEN

Montana State 123, Montana 74

100 - 1, Kofi Yevakpor, Cal, 10.74; 2, Richardo Greenidge, Cal, 10.89; 3, Jim Farris, UM, 11.01; 4, Michael Manuell, Cal, 11.17; 5, Mark Paul, Cal, 11.63; 6, Tim Russ, MSU, 11.75; 7, Josh Sears, MSU, 13.00.

200 -1, Kofi Yevakpor, Cal, 21.61; 2, Richardo Greenidge, Cal, 22.14; 3, Travis Lackey, Cal, 22.17; 4, Phillip Wright, MSU, 22.29; 5, Carl Lokko, Cal, 22.77; 6, Jason Hauns, UM, 23.27; 7, Pat Hoven, UM, 23.27; 8, Tim Russ, MSU, 23.39.

400 - 1, Tarren Clarke, Cal, 47.92; 2, Phillip Wright, MSU, 48.62; 3, Charlie Thomas, UM, 49.15; 4, David Shanks, Cal, 51.49; 5, Jason Hauns, UM, 51.81; 6, Pat Hoven, UM, 51.94; 7, Ned Miller, MSU, 53.13.

800 - 1, Alex Frank, MSU, 1:55.44; 2, Scott McGowan, UM, 1:56.43;3, Jason Ridgway, UM, 1:56.55; 4, Lyle Weese, MSU, 1:59.02.

1,500 - 1, Mike Feist, MSU, 3:54.48; 2, Chad Walton, Cal, 3:56.90; 3, Scott McGowan, UM, 3:57.14; 4, Brad Treat, UM, 3:57.70; 5, Brad Lewis, UM, 4:05.21; 6, A.D. Bishop, UM, 4:06.12; 7, Jason Schlarb, MSU, 4:06.34.

3,000 steeplechase - 1, Lyle Weese, MSU, 9:29.02; 2, Ned Miller, MSU, 9:39.03;3, Matt Lowe, MSU, 9:47.34; 4, Christian Dullock, UM, 9:53.52; 5, Jim Reed, UM, 10:00.41.

5,000 - 1, Mike Feist, MSU, 14:42.32; 2, Scott Paul, UM, 14:58.32;3, Jesse Barnes, UM, 15:07.31; 4, Casey Perry, UM, 15:54.98; 5, Kevin Murphy, MSU, 16:03.11.

110 hurdles - 1, Charlie Thomas, UM, 15.49; 2, Kendal Beckles, Cal, 16.09; 3, Jason Kiser, MSU, 16.11; 4, Matt Doely, MSU, 16.22; 5, Brandon Blize, UM, 17.33.

400 hurdles - 1, Jason Kiser, MSU, 53.22; 2, Justin Morse, UM, 53.45;3, Jeff Rodenburg, MSU, 58.29; 4, Brandon Blize, UM, 60.29.

400 relay - 1, Calgary TC A, 41.19; 2, Montana (Jim Farris, Charlie Thomas, Jim Gladden, Kevin Hutchison) 41.98; 3, Calgary TC B 42.81; 4, Montana State 43.05.

1,600 relay -1, Montana State (Jason Kiser, Alex Frank, Jeff Rodenburg, Phillip Wright) 3:17.13; 2, Montana 3:18.15; 3, Calgary TC 3:19.31.

Javelin - 1, John Batt, unattached, 209-7; 2, Matt McManamen, MSU, 188-1; 3, Jesse Bardizian, UM, 181-71/2; 4, Todd Coryell, MSU, 173-1; 5, Wes Keester, UM, 141-11.

Shot put - 1, Dennis Black, unattached, 63-6; 2, Chris Hutton, MSU, 55-51/2; 3, Pat Price, MSU, 52-61/2; 4, Blake Jackson, MSU, 51-23/4; 5, Pete Hamilton, UM, 48-13/4; 6, Dave Picchioni, MSU, 46-3/4; 7, Wes Keester, UM, 43-31/4.

Discus -1, Clay Chapman, MSU, 154-3; 2, Chris Hutton, MSU, 154-0; 3,Blake Jackson, MSU, 136-9; 4, Ted Cordeiro, UM, 134-0; 5, Pat Price, MSU, 131-7; 6, Wes Keester, UM, 35-8.

Hammer throw - 1, Chris Hutton, MSU, 189-3; 2, Zach Jones, MSU, 187-51/2; 3, Ted Cordeiro, UM, 165-7; 4, Blake Jackson, MSU, 152-41/2; 5, Blaine Roberts, MSU, 150-21/2; 6, Pete Hamilton, UM, 144-6.

High jump - 1, Travis Handl, MSU, 6-11/2; 2, Cyril Burguiere, MSU, 5-111/2; 3, Mike Welch, MSU, 5-9 3/4; 4, Rich Burkhard, UM, 5-93/4.

Long jump - 1, Tim Russ, MSU, 21-6; 2, Mike Welch, MSU, 21-2; 3, Rich Burkhard, UM, 20-10 3/4; 4, Cyril Burguiere, MSU, 20-61/4.

Triple jump - 1, Craig VanNice, UM, 46-3/4; 2, Marc McGree, MSU, 46-3/4; 3, Jeff Rodenburg, MSU, 46-0; 4, Cyril Burguiere, MSU, 45-71/4; 5, Mike Welch, MSU, 44-111/2; 6, Matt Doely, MSU, 44-6; 7, Rich Burkhard, UM, 44-4 1/4.

Pole vault - 1, Jeromy Hudson, MSU, 15-3/4; 2, Jim Myhre, MSU, 14-3/4.

WOMEN

Montana State 118, Montana 84

100 (hand-timed) - 1, Atia Weekes, Cal, 11.4; 2, Lacy Hinzpeter, MSU, 12.0; 3, Kari Kruger, UM, 12.2; 4, Lisa Svaleson, MSU, 12.3; 5, Aleta Bassett, UM, 12.6.

200 - 1, Lacy Hinzpeter, MSU, 24.96; 2, Amy Barnett, Cal, 25.59; 3, Laura Bennett, MSU, 25.67; 4, Andy Garreffa, UM, 25.77; 5, Emily Alspaugh, UM, 26.05.

400 - 1, Amy Barnett, Cal, 56.71; 2, Andy Garreffa, UM, 56.78; 3, Andrea Huntley, UM, 58.57; 4, Laura Bennett, MSU, 58.57; 5, Leanne Jorgenson, MSU, 59.63.

800 - 1, Sabrina Monro, UM, 2:15.78; 2, Heidi Johnson, MSU, 2:15.79; 3, Siobhan Everson-Stewart, MSU, 2:17.31; 4, Laura Kruschke, UM, 2:17.65.

1,500 - 1, Sabrina Monro, UM, 4:31.32 (meet record; old mark 4:35.87, Jamie Tuell, MSU, 1994); 2, Emily Plummer, MSU, 4:46.25; 3, Katie Kneeshaw, UM, 4:47.53; 4, Lauren Keithly, UM, 4:48.63; 5, Heidi Johnson, MSU, 4:50.86.

3,000 - 1, Heather Anderson, UM, 10:05.09 (meet record; old mark 10:08.01, Shelley Smathers, UM, 1994); 2, Emily Thompson, MSU, 10:10.57; 3, Kelly Rice, UM, 10:47.39; 4, Ariana Lee, MSU, 11:00.12.

5,000 - 1, Emily Thompson, MSU, 18:26.98; 2, Erika Abrahamsen, MSU, 18:28.22; 3, Julie Ham, UM, 18:41.93; 4, Emily Sandall, UM, 19:22.50.

100 hurdles - 1, Lisa Svaleson, MSU, 14.92; 2, Dana Zimmerman, MSU, 15.18; 3, Carrie Damschen, MSU, 15.20; 4, Violet Hastings, MSU, 15.83; 5, Kelli Olson, UM, 16.03; 6, Carmon Blahey, Cal, 16.07; 7, Tina Halvorson, UM, 18.58.

400 hurdles - 1, Carrie Damschen, MSU, 1:00.83; 2, Saskia Winkelman, Cal, 1:01.86; 3, Sarah Barkley, UM, 1:03.45; 4, Violet Hastings, MSU, 1:03.77; 5, Tina Halvorson, UM, 1:06.53.

400 relay - 1, Montana State 48.31; 2, Calgary TC 48.74; 3, Montana 48.96.

1,600 relay - 1, Montana State 3:52.22; 2, Montana 4:04.04.

Javelin - 1, Teri Ketcham, MSU, 151-21/2; 2, Laine Botchek, UM, 123-10; 3, Amber Carr, MSU, 116-6; 4, Wendy Lambott, MSU, 114-7; 5, Jen Stearns, UM, 111-11.

Shot put - 1, Jamie Slyder, UM, 45-73/4; 2, Jennifer Allen, MSU, 44-81/4; 3, Kim Snow, MSU, 42-2; 4, Laine Botchek, UM, 41-111/4.

Discus - 1, Jennifer Allen, MSU, 143-10; 2, Chrissy McKinstry, MSU, 139-2; 3, Dannai Clayborn, UM, 137-11; 4, Teri Ketcham, MSU, 136-10; 5, Jamie Slyder, UM, 134-7.

Hammer throw - 1, Sherri Forsythe, unattached, 182-3; 2, Heather Butcher, MSU, 166-9; 3, Chrissy McKinstry, MSU, 165-5; 4. Jennifer Allen, MSU, 161-6; 5, Rebekah Musseter, MSU, 156-8; 6, Dannai Clayborn, UM, 134-5; 7, Wendy Lambott, MSU, 116-0; 8, Jamie Slyder, UM, 103-7.

High jump - 1, Lusha Alzner, MSU, 5-13/4; 2, Dana Zimmerman, MSU, 4-113/4; 3, Lori Bokowy, UM, 4-9 3/4.

Long jump - 1, Renee Dunn, UM, 18-8; 2, Joni Matthews, MSU, 18-41/2; 3, Lacy Hinzpeter, MSU, 18-4; 4, Dana Zimmerman, MSU, 17-61/2; 5, Kelli Olson, UM, 17-11/2.

Triple jump - 1, Joni Matthews, MSU, 39-13/4 (meet record; old mark 38-8, Mindy Johnson, UM, 1990); 2, Renee Dunn, UM, 37-81/2; 3, Lindsay Saboe, UM, 37-1/4; 4, Kelli Olson, UM, 36-113/4; 5, Melinda Taber, MSU, 35-91/2.

Pole vault - 1, Shannon Agee, MSU, 11-93/4; 2, Suzanne Krings, UM, 11-93/4; 3, Cortney Ellis, MSU, 11-33/4; 4, Nicole Zeller, UM, 10-10.

(Kim Briggeman can be reached at 523-5266 or at kbriggeman@missoulian.com.)

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