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Sports TRACK AND FIELD QUALIFIES SIX, SETS TWO NEW RECORDS AT AL MANUEL sports.msubretort.org 12 YELLOWJACKETS HAVE ROUGH END TO OTTER INVITE By MSU BILLINGS ATHLETICS M iSSOULA, Mont. — The Montana State University Billings Outdoor Track and Field Teams had six Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) qualifiers, and set two new MSUB records in their first outdoor meet of the season at the University of Montana's Al Manuel Invitational on Saturday, Mar. 29. A.J. Montanez set a new MSUB outdoor record and met the GNAC automatic qualifying mark with a throw of 160'-11\ in the men's hammer throw. Montanez shattered his old record by over 23 feet as he bested his previous mark and the previous MSUB outdoor record of 137'-2\ (41.81) from last season. Corrie Holm also met the GNAC qualifying mark with her throw in the discus of 133'-5\. Holm finished fifth in her event and first amongst Div. II schools. Chase Robinson met the provisional GNAC qualifying mark in the men's 1500 meter run with a time of 4:01.60. Finishing fourth in his event, Nate Vanderby ran the 400 meters with a time of 50.11 to meet the GNAC qualifying mark. Robert Peterson in the 5,000 meters also met the GNAC provisional qualifying mark with a time of 15:19.9. In the women's 5,000 meter run, Nocona Frame set a new MSUB outdoor record, and met the GNAC mark with a time of 18:33.91. Frame bested Whitney Mickelsen's 18:46.32 time from 2012. Finishing right behind Frame were Jinise Osborne with a time of 18:53.96, and Renae Hepfner who finished with the time of 18:56.81. The three women finished 8, 9 and 10th in their event. Other stand-outs include Hope Reid finishing fifth in the women's 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.94. Tyler DiGiovanna also finished fifth in the men's 100 meter dash with a time of 11.40. Competing at the event in Missoula were host school Div. I the University of Montana along with Montana State and Eastern Washington, Div. II Montana State University Billings and NAIA schools Carroll College, Lewis-Clark State College, and the University of Great Falls. \It was a good opener for us and we were lucky to come away with 6 conference qualifiers and a couple of new school records,\ Head Coach Dave Coppock said. \AJ Montanez had a tremendous hammer throw breaking his own previous school record and getting an automatic conference qualifying mark. Corr Holm threw a person best in the discus and also hit a GNAC automatic mark. The other school record came in the women's 5,000 meters with Nocona Frame's 18:33.91 effort. The weather was cold and rainy early on, but we made some progress and got some things accomplished. We'll continue to build on that each week and get as many athletes as we can to the GNAC championships in May.\ The Montana State University Billings track and field team's next meet is on April 4, as they travel to Bozeman, Mont. for the Montana State Invitational. By MSU BILLINGS ATHLETICS S EA SIDE Cali, - The Montana State University Billings Women's Golf team finished 14th in the Otter Invitational Tuesday afternoon +96 with a final score of 672. MSUB was led by Katie Fish who finished 34th at +21 with a final two round score of 165. Capri Ingram finished 48th at +25 for a score of 169. Close behind Ingram was BreAnna Cameron who ended the invite tied for 54th at +26 and a final score of 170. Mariah Cleveland shot +27 for a final score of 171 which put her tied for 58th. Melissa Saken rounded out the Yellowjackets finishing tied for 68th with a +33 and a final of 177 through two rounds. \This was a tournament of highs and lows,\ head coach Shawn O'Brien said. We played well at times, but took big numbers as well. With weather conditions back home so adverse, we did not have the time we would have liked to prepare. I felt that caught up with us from a consistency and touch standpoint. I believe we will see better scores next week in Phoenix as we now have had time to prepare.\ \This tournament should give us more confidence heading to AZ since we were able to test different yardages and fast greens,\ Katie Fish said. \Hopefully we will all see an improvement.\ California State East Bay were crowned champions as they finished +53 for a final score of 629. The Pioneers' Andrea Castellanos took home first place honors finishing +4 MSUB SPLITS ON DAY ONE; GAMES THREE AND FOUR POSTPONED By MSU BILLINGS ATHLETICS B ILLINGS, Mont. - The Montana State University Billings Baseball team earned a split in games one and two of a four games series against Great Northwest Athletic Conference foe, Northwest Nazarene University. The Jackets took game one 16-7 but then lost in game two 3-6. Games three and four have been postponed due to bad weather. GAME 1: MSUB 16 NNU 7-Reinschmidt hits for the cycle The Yellowjackets were dominate in game one as the produced their highest run total of the season thus far. They were led by Luke Reinschmidt who hit a home run, a triple, a double and a single to complete the cycle. He hit the double in the first inning that scored Steven DeYoung from second base for the fina•run of theinning.• DeYoung had also hit a double with the bases loaded in the first inning. The shot to left field cleared all the bases giving DeYoung three RBI's. MSUB scored a total of six runs on five hits in the first inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. MSUB added three more runs in the second inning. Drew Fosnes hit a double down the right field line that allowed Kevin Toon and Brody Miller to cross home plate. Two batters later, Fosnes was able to score on a Trevor Nix sacrifice fly to center field to extend the MSUB advantage 9-0. NNU scored two runs in the second inning to cut the deficit to 9-2. Reinschmidt hit his single in the third inning but MSUB did not score any runs that half inning. In the fifth inning, Reinschmidt hit his first homerun of the season deep to right field. It was the only run of the inning scored by MSUB and pushed their lead to 10-2. The Crusaders answered right back as they scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull within striking distance 10-7. The. Yellowjackets added two runs in the eighth inning when Fosnes filed out to center field but hit it far enough that Miller was able to tag-up and score from third. The very next batter, Brad Birch, singled through the left side which allowed Toon to reach home from second base. With the score 12-5 in favor of MSUB heading into the ninth inning, MSUB needed to add on a few more runs to gain even more separation from NNU who already put up five runs in an inning earlier in the game. MSU-Billings would score four more runs in the ninth inning to put the game on ice. Reinschmidt completed the cycle with a triple hit to right center field which allowed Casey Merritt to score from first as he had been walked prior to Reinschmidt's at bat. Two batters later, Toon laced a single to right field and pushed Reinschmidt across home plate. With the bases full, Blake Loran stepped to the plate and was subsequently walked giving Bret Bitow a free stroll home. The last run of the game came when Birch singled to second base allowing Loran to score. Jordan Knoll came in to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth for MSUB. Knoll went three. up and three t , V • down to secure the MSUB victory 16-7. Matt Eames started from the hill for MSUB going 4.0 innings allowing six hits and five runs while striking out two Crusaders. Joe Andriolo came in for Eames and recived the win as he went 1.1 innings allowing three hits and two runs. Jake Mills came in relief of Andriolo and put in 2.2 innings of work allowing just two hits and no runs. GAME 2: MSUB 3 NNU 6 NNU received great production from their starting pitcher, Aaron Vaughn who pitched 6.0 of 7.0 innings allowing six hits and three runs while striking out eighth Jackets. MSUB could not seem to find their rhythm against Vaughn as they scored 13 less runs then in game one. The Jackets did strike first in the second inning when Casey . Merritt hit a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Brad Birch to score from third base. NNU took the lead in the second inning scoring three runs and would not trail the rest of the way. MSUB cut into the Crusader lead 2-3 lead in the fourth inning when Bret Bitow hit a torched a single to third base pushing Birch across home from third base. Nazarene tacked on two more runs in fourth inning to extend their lead 5 - 2. It was again Bitow, singling to left field this time, who batted in another run again scoring Birch from third base to chip away at the NNU lead 3-5. The Crusaders added one more run in the sixth inning and then got some help from MSUB who could not muster anymore runs in the top of the seventh, while leaving two runners on base, to give NNU the 6-3 win in game two. Bryon Baker started game two from the mound for MSUB. He went 2.2 innings allowing four hits and three runs while striking out three batters. Cody Cooper came in relief of Baker going 2.2 innings allowing three hit and two runs while striking out two Crusaders. Lee Busto put in 1.0 innings as well from the mound, allowing two hits and one run. GAME 3 & 4 POSTPONED Games three and four have been postponed until May 2 - 3 when MSUB hosts NNU. Game three was called in the seventh inning with MSUB on top 9-8. NNU ends the week with an 11-16 overall, 7 - 7 GNAC. The Yellowjackets are now 7-19, 6-8 GNAC. • . .. • .\ • • .• • • • • • 11. ..... . • • • • 6