(Editor’s note: Story by Montana Sports Information)
MISSOULA – For the second time in three weeks, Montana’s Hana Feilzer has been named the Big Sky Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week.
The honor comes following a first-place finish at the D1 Invitational Team Challenge in Moscow, Idaho. Feilzer threw an impressive 60 feet, 10 inches, but more striking than her single feat was that it helped her team win the entire meet. The Grizzlies earned 133 total points, better than Big Sky foes Eastern Washington, Idaho and Portland State, in addition to Gonzaga and Washington State.
It marks the first time in more than two years that Montana has won a meet, last doing so when the women swept duals against Idaho State, Montana State and Utah State in January 2017 in Bozeman.
Feilzer currently has the top weight-throw mark in the Big Sky Conference this season. She has reached 60 feet in all five meets she has competed in; just one other Big Sky athlete has reached that threshold this season, doing so once.
In just five weeks, Montana athletes have been recognized three times by the Big Sky Conference, which ties the most weekly accolades the women’s team has ever earned in a single indoor season. Feilzer is a school-record-holder in the weight throw and hammer throw (outdoor), where she also won a 2017 conference championship. Away from the sport, she has earned academic recognition from the Big Sky each semester and is a two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.
The Grizzlies will spend the next three weeks competing in Bozeman, capped with the 2019 Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, Feb. 21-23.