Coach Zach Kughn, Abby Clark, Dom Maricelli nab Frontier Track & Field Honors
After winning both the Mens and Womens Frontier Conference Track & Field Championships, the Orediggers are very well represented in regard to postseason honors. Zach Kughn won both the Mens and Womens Coach of the Year award after the Orediggers won both championships last week while Abby Clark won her second Womens Frontier Conference Field Athlete of the Year award and Dom Maricellii was named the Mens Track Athlete of the Year. An amazing 19 Montana Tech athletes made All Conference on the men's side while 17 qualified on the women's side.
The following is from a press release from Montana Tech Associate Athletic Director Nick Bowsher.
WHITEFISH, Mont. – The Frontier Conference announced the 2023 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field All-Conference Teams today.
Montana Tech’s Zach Kughn was selected the Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s track & field teams. The Oredigger women won their second straight conference championship in just their first two years of the program. The men won the first meet in their brief program history.
Sophomore Abby Clark won her second Frontier Conference Field Athlete of the Year. Clark won the heptathlon, high jump, and long jump. She finished with 42 total points in the conference meet. The Oredigger women led the conference in all-conference honors with 17 individuals making the team.
Sophomore Dom Maricelli was named the Frontier Conference Track Athlete of the Year. Maricelli won the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. The Tech men also led the conference in individual all-conference awards earning 18.
To be selected to the outdoor track & field all-conference team, the student-athlete must place in the top three of their events at the conference meet.
Name Events Yr. Hometown
Naiya Beaudin Hurdles, Jumps, Relays So. Lolo, Mont.
Abby Clark Heptathlon, Hurdles, Jumps, Relays So. Fort Benton, Mont.
Kamryn Comba Middle Distance, Relays Fr. Idaho Falls, Idaho
Mollee Conlan Relays Fr. Butte, Mont.
RaeLynn Heggem Relays Fr. Ryegate, Mont.
Alyssa Jany Middle Distance, Steeplechase Fr. Frederick, Colo.
Karly Lawson Throws So. Hot Springs, Mont.
Carlin Manning Distance, Steeplechase Jr. Kalispell, Mont.
Hailey Nielson Distance So. Butte, Mont.
Lizzy Perry Relays Fr. Oakdale, Wash.
Anika Ploeger Jumps Fr. Baker, Mont.
Emily Ratz Relays, Sprints Fr. Missoula, Mont.
Olleca Severson Heptathlon, Hurdles, Relays So. Manhattan, Mont.
Hailee Stiles Jumps So. Clancy, Mont.
Jadyn Vermillion Heptathlon, Jumps, Relays, Fr. Myrtle Creek, Ore.
Jackie Waller Relays Fr. Cut Bank, Mont.
Hadassah Wilson Relays Fr. Darby, Mont.
Name Events Yr. Hometown
Colter Ball Throws Fr. Fort Benton, Mont.
Eli Byrd Decathlon So. Gardiner, Mont.
Payton Cates Jumps Fr. Ronan, Mont.
Caden Caywood Relays, Sprints So. Tendoy, Idaho
Tucker Christensen Relays So. Palmer, Alaska
Holt Downey Hurdles, Relays Fr. Butte, Mont.
Konnor Gregerson Middle Distance, Relays Fr. Laurel, Mont.
Lee Karpstein Relays Fr. Broadview, Mont.
William Kempkes Relays Fr. Lincoln, Neb.
Edwin Kipainoi Distance Jr. Kajiado, Kenya
Dom Maricelli Relays, Sprints So. Florence, Mont.
Morgan McClernan Hurdles, Relays Fr. Butte, Mont.
Jesse Mecham Throws Fr. Frenchtown, Mont.
Justin Morgan Distance, Steeplechase So. Thompson Falls, Mont.
Derek Schultz Steeplechase Fr. Mountain Home, Idaho
Bauer Seewald Jumps Fr. Cut Bank, Mont.
Cade VanVleet Throws Fr. Noxon, Mont.
Aiden Vlasaty Relays Rs/Sr. Seattle, Wash.
Tyler Walter Relays Fr. Billings, Mont.