Athletics begins outdoor season in California

BOZEMAN, Mont. – There will be lots of blue and gold in action across the state of California this weekend as the Bobcat track and field program opens its outdoor season with two meets in the Los Angeles area.

The state of Montana will bring a crowd to compete in both the Redlands Invitational and the Franson Classic. The University of Redlands will host the Bobcats in Redlands, California, with the Redlands Invite taking place on Friday afternoon. The Franson Classic, hosted by Azusa Pacific University, begins Saturday morning.

“We’re really looking forward to the start of the outdoor season,” he said Lyle Meadow, Dale Kennedy, Montana State Athletics Chief. “We felt we had a really solid indoor season, but we have a lot of individuals who excel at outdoor-only events.

“We also have a few people like that Alexander Hellenberg and Alec Nehring who didn’t have permission indoors, who waited to line up. So we’re looking forward to the outdoor competitions and adding some high performers to those outdoor events.”

The California meetings will open an outdoor season for the Bobcats that will include six weekends of competition. The regular, meet-and-greet season schedule will prepare Montana State for the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships, taking place May 11-14 in Pocatello, Idaho.

“Of course it’s still early days, but we’ve gotten some really good marks from early encounters in the past,” Weese said. “We are excited to see what we can do right away. We hope to start strong so we can finish even stronger.”

The lone home meet of the open air season in the state of Montana will be held on Saturday, April 9th. The NCAA championships conclude the track and field season in Eugene, Oregon with the national meet taking place June 8-11.

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