MONMOUTH, Ore. – A record-setting 1-2 finish by Chase Robinson and Robert Peterson of Montana State Billings in the men’s 1,500 meters highlighted the final day of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Yellowjacket men finished seventh in the team standings, while the MSUB women were ninth.
Western Washington won the men’s team title, while Alaska Anchorage won the women’s team championship.
Robinson, a senior from Colstrip, won his first GNAC title with a time of 3:54.35, just .12 seconds ahead of Peterson. Peterson a sophomore from Billings, was 3:54.47.
“It was a really stirring race,” said MSUB coach Dave Coppock. “I had several coaches come up to me after saying what a great race it was. Chase and Robert just worked together as a team the whole time and then I was really happy for Chase who ended up winning. It was such a great performance, and I am really glad he did that in the final meet of his senior year.”
Both Robinson and Peterson bettered the previous MSUB record of 3:54.79 set by Peterson earlier this spring, breaking Paul Carpenter’s record which stood for 42 years.
Less than two hours later, Peterson finished fourth in the men’s 5,000 meters in 14:53.27, breaking the school record by almost four full seconds. The previous record was 14:57.21 by Tyson Vanderby in 2013.
Freshman Cole Campbell added a third-place finish in the pole vault (14-3 ½) for MSUB, while the 400 relay (43.03) placed seventh and the 1,600 relay (3:27.33) eighth.
Nocona Frame easily bettered her own school record in the women’s 1,500, placing fifth with a time of 4:35.75. The junior from Glendive previous best was 4:43.33 earlier this year.
The Yellowjacket women also placed eighth in the 400 (50.63) and 1,600 relays (4:14.72).
Drew Galahan also ran an MSUB-record time of 1:55.09 in the 800, breaking his own record of 1:55.19. Jamon Rodrigues shattered the 10,000 record, going 31:42.67. The previous mark was 32:53.46 by Michael Luhr in 2013.
Rio Frame lowered her own 5,000 record for the women, going 18:09.38. Her previous best was 18:25.62.