Missoulian

Roundup's Derin Gebhardt and Amanda Christiaens of Miles City have signed letters of intent to compete in track for the University of Montana, coach Tom Raunig said Tuesday.

Gebhardt was the 2000 Class B state runner-up in both the discus and shot. He threw the discus a state-best 179 feet, 6 inches last weekend and has a shot put best of 54-7. He won the 1999 state discus crown. Raunig said Gebhardt, an all-state football player, will also throw hammer for the Grizzlies.

Christiaens is among the state leaders in the 100 and 200 meters for Class A Miles City. She was state runner-up in both races last spring in the state meet. This year she ranks among the top five in Montana with times of 26.26 in the 200 and 12.73 in the 100. A starter on Miles City's state championship basketball team, Christiaens plans to compete in the heptathlon in UM.

"Both Derin and Amanda have the ability to contribute right away as freshmen," UM assistant coach Brian Schweyen said.

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