Since its inception, Montana Tech Cross Country and Track & Field have excelled at doing things fast. Tasked in January 2020 with recruiting a men’s and women’s cross-country team that would be ready to compete by August 2020 they had their work cut out for them. They needed a roster that boasted not just good athletes but those that fit the academic profile of a rigorous and rewarding institution.
The success right out of the gate allowed for the announcement of the addition of Track & Field in January of 2021.
Thanks to the support of Montana Tech, the Butte community, and Oredigger Nation, we have established a program that represents Montana Tech well and is constantly raising the bar.
In three short years, we had teams and athletes who have qualified for national tournaments, produced Montana Tech's first (and second, third, and fourth) national champion in Becca Richtman, and have brought home three Frontier Conference Championships in Track & Field. Altogether the program has earned 17 All-American Awards, 30 Conference Champions, and 99 All-Conference Selections
Becca Richtman, now a coaching staff member, won four national championships and earned 10 All-American honors in her two-year tenure here. She also helped lead the 2021 Women’s Cross-Country team to an 11th-place finish at the national championships. She earned NAIA National Meet MVP awards at both the indoor and outdoor championships her senior year and was also voted NAIA National Track Athlete of the Year for 2022.
The performance of our teams has exceeded expectations. To date, we have had 37 national qualifiers. With our success comes the need to raise funds. We are proud to qualify teams and athletes to compete in national meets but this honor also presents costs not factored into the original operational budget of our program.
This past spring both Oredigger Men and women were able to bring home Frontier Conference Championships in Track & Field, the second consecutive for the women and the first ever for the men.
To continue raising the bar for our program and to continue recruiting the best and brightest athletes in Montana and beyond, we are asking for your support with a gift to the Montana Tech Cross Country and Track & Field Podium Club. Please consider donating to help us provide the best gear, facilities, travel, and scholarships to our student-athletes as we strive to be not only the best in the Frontier Conference but in all of the NAIA.
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Abby Clark of Fort Benton has immediately impacted the program. As a Freshman, she earned the Frontier Conference Field Athlete of the Year award and qualified for nationals in the high jump. In her sophomore year, she qualified for indoor nationals in both the high jump and pentathlon, earning All-American honors by placing fourth in the pentathlon. Outdoors, she repeated as Frontier Conference Field Athlete of the year, qualified for nationals in the high jump and heptathlon, and earned her second All-American award by placing third in the heptathlon. Abby has also maintained a 3.98 GPA in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering and also serves as President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
Gifts made to the Podium Club will allow for greater opportunity to increase the overall student athlete experience and pave the way for greater success as we maintain a championship level program and seek a NAIA National Championship.
As we , we are asking for your support with a gift to the Montana Tech Cross Country and Track & Field Podium Club. Please consider donating to help us provide the best gear, facilities, travel, and scholarships to our student-athletes as we strive to be not only the best in the Frontier Conference but in all of the NAIA.
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For a look at the first two years of Montana Tech Cross Country and Track and Field please visit the Updates tab.