CHENEY, Wash. — Montana sophomore Carly Smiedala set a school record in the 600 meters with a time of 1:33.06 Saturday during the second day of the Candy Cane X. The dual meet vs. Eastern Washington also included athletes from Central Washington and Multnomah.
Smiedala, a former Helena High standout, broke Emily Eickholt's 2011 record by more than 2 full seconds.
"That's not an event typically run, but I was really proud of Carly," Schweyen said. "What a performance by her, setting a school record."
Behind Smiedala's school-record time in the 600 meters, Emily Cheroske (1:36.61) placed third – more than 3 seconds faster than her season best a year ago – and freshman Mijah McLeod (1:41.34) was fourth. On the men's side, freshmen Trevor Henry (1:24.70) and Colton Hess (1:25.95) finished second and third, respectively.
"That was a gutsy race for a freshman," Schweyen said of Henry, who had never run the 600 meters before.
On the men's side, Eastern Washington defeated Montana, 61-42, while the women were narrowly edged, 49-47., in a meet that came down to the final event.
Some of Montana's best performances came in the shot put and high jump. Sophomore Mariah Harvey won the women's shot put (43-8.5) while freshman Brent Yeakey was the champion on the men's side (52-10).
In the high jump, sophomore Jane Booth (5-8.75) and Matt Quist (7-0.5) won their events with lifetime bests and near school records. Freshmen Jansen Ziola and Abby Dodge tied for third (5-1), while on the men's side Parker Spadt (6-2.75) finished in third place and Charlie Bush (5-10.75) placed fourth.