MISSOULA, Mont. - The University of Montana women's track team is coming off a bittersweet weekend at the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships in Pocatello, Idaho. The Griz scored a program record 102 points but came up just short of a team title to Northern Arizona (114 points) as Montana took second in the team standings.
As part of that performance, UM senior Sammy Evans set yet another individual program record. She took home top honors in the triple jump on Saturday with a leap of 42 feet. That mark was two feet better than second place and it also broke her own school record for indoor competition. Despite the win and the record, this fiery competitor said afterwards that even those accolades didn't quite meet her personal goal.
"I wasn't completely satisfied with it because even though it was a school record, it wasn't a national qualifying jump," said Evans. "I mean anytime you set a school record and get better than what you've done it's still a good feeling. It wasn't what I wanted but I did exactly what I had to do for the team so I was happy there."
It was the fifth conference title for Evans in her Grizzly career between indoor and outdoor competition. The Montana native out of Havre ends her indoor season with 50 career points, ranking her fourth all-time in program history.
"Sammy is an incredible leader not only vocally but by example," said UM track and field head coach Brian Schweyen. "For her to get a school record in her last indoor championships and to have the championship that she had, I couldn't be happier for her. Sammy worked hard, shot high with her expectations and goals and she is where she is because of her. I'm very excited for her senior year outdoor. We have some other seniors on the team and a lot of these athletes would love nothing more for that senior group than to walk away with a conference championship."
Next up for Evans and the Montana track teams will be the college outdoor season, starting with the Montana State Open in Bozeman on March 25.