MISSOULA, Mont. -

The college track season came to a close for the University of Montana men's team last month with a fourth place finish at the Big Sky Conference Championships. This was the Grizzlies' best team performance in over a decade, but now it is already time to try and reload for next season.

The men's team has signed eight prep standouts to national letters of intent. All three in-state signees are local athletes from western Montana.

This year's class 'AA' state high jump champion Matt Quist out of Kalispell committed to the Grizzlies. The Flathead Brave had a tremendous final high school season. The senior had the best mark in the state this year by clearing 6-foot-9 during the spring and he won the state title with a leap of 6-foot-7 in Great Falls last month.

Out of Missoula, the Griz have signed Big Sky High's Alex Mustard. It was a rough spring for Mustard, who had a shortened season after having his appendix removed in March, but the speedster was able to record senior year bests of 10.95 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.57 seconds in the 200 meters. Mustard took second place to Butte's Dalton Daum in the 100 meters at the state meet.

Also right out of Missoula is Sentinel graduate Sterling Reneau. The Spartan sprinter had the second best class 'AA' time this year for the 400 meters at 48.74 seconds. Reneau's personal best of 22.05 seconds in the 200 meter dash was the third best time in Montana and Reneau placed second at state for both the 200 and 400 while taking 4th in the 100 meters. He also helped Sentinel place at state in both relay events.

"The University was really the only place that was looking at me for track. It's just a great opportunity to come out here and be able to compete another four years at the University," said Reneau. "I've always wanted to go here. My brother ran track here, my dad ran track here. It's really looking good with the new recruits coming in. I feel like by the time we're seniors, we're going to have a really good team."

Out-of-state newcomers to sign were Jakob Alme of Phoenix, Ariz. (Desert Vista HS); Charlie Bush of Poway, Calif. (Poway HS); Jensen Lillquist of Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg HS); Dawit Mengistu of Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS); and Nathan Wellington of Rocklin, Calif. (Whitney HS).