Jan 19, 2013 7:22 PM by Q2 Sports
NAMPA, ID - Montana State University Billings' track and field student-athlete, Tanner Rottrup, tossed a provisional-qualifying mark for the NCAA Div. II National Championships in the shot put at the Bronco Invitational Saturday.
Rottrup's last throw was 52 feet, one inch (15.87 meters), matching his own school record. The senior entered the meet with the top mark in the conference, and is now the lone athlete in the GNAC with a NCAA qualifying mark. He finished third in the event behind to Boise State athletes.
Robert Peterson broke a pair of school records Saturday. The freshman ran a 4:22.37 mile for a GNAC provisional-qualifying mark and a school record. Later in the meet, he finished second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:51.94. It broke his own school record, 8:53, set last week at Black Hills State.
Dylan Beuhler's third toss in the weight throw broke another school record. The senior's top throw of 48 feet, 5.5 inches (14.77 meters) was third place and a GNAC provisional mark.
Clint Choquette ran to a GNAC provisional-qualifying mark in the mile. The senior crossed the line at 4:24.22. AJ Montanez added a conference provisional mark in the shot put. The freshman finished fifth in the event with his last toss coming at 46 feet, 8.75 inches (14.24 meters).
Adam Prevost added the Yellowjackets final conference provisional-qualifying mark in the 200 meters. The senior placed sixth in the event with a time of 22.90, which won his heat, and met the GNAC's 22.93 provisional mark requirement.
In the women's high jump, Stacey Pitt came in fourth, followed by Leah Berry in fifth. Both have already automatically-qualified for the GNAC Championships, and sit in third and fourth in the conference. Saturday, Pitt hit her second attempt at 1.55 meters; while Berry's top mark was also 1.55 meters.
The meet, hosted by NCAA Div. I Boise State University, was at Jackson's Indoor Track at the Idaho Center, the home of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Championships Feb. 15 and 16.
"Obviously the two athletes who had the best day here were Tanner and Robert," MSUB Head Coach Dave Coppock said. "Robert really solidified himself with that qualifying mark, and I think Tanner has bigger throws in him. It was just a great meet all-around. It was really competitive. It was great to compete against Div. I schools and a conference rival. It's nice to know we have potential and can keep moving up.
"We're still a little sluggish in sprints, but we have plenty of time to come around and we will. Our women's high jumpers are doing well, along with some throwers. Prevost had a big day too. He had his qualifying mark in the 200, and ran some great 400's. Overall things are looking real good. We just need to stay healthy. That's our goal over the next three weeks."
The Yellowjacket women and men travel to Bozeman, Mont., and compete in the Montana State Open Friday and next Saturday. Live coverage will be available on MSUBSports.com.