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Montana State adds four to 2022-2023 track and field signing class – Montana Sports

(Editor’s note: Montana State athletics press release)

BOZEMAN—Montana State’s track and field program announced the signing of four student-athletes that have submitted National Letters of Intent in the past month and are expected to join the Bobcats ahead of the 2022-23 academic year.

Incoming freshmen Noah Barbery, Giulia Gandolfi and Malikye Simpson will be a part of the Montana State sprints group, while Ava Weems will join the Bobcats’ distance squad having spent the last four years at Mississippi State.

Barbery will make his way to Bozeman from Spokane, Wash., after graduating from Lewis and Clark high school. Barbery has already earned eight first-place finishes in nine sprint appearances during his school’s outdoor season. A team captain as a senior for the Tigers, Barbery has broken his school record in the 100-meter dash with his llfetime best 10.74 seconds. This outdoor season he’s also set a personal-best time of 21.58 in the 200.

This March, Barbery qualified and competed in the AAU National Indoor Championships. He took first place at the national meet in the 60 dash and second overall in the 200. He recorded the fastest time of his prep career of 6.86 in the 60 during the indoor season which would currently rank among MSU’s top three marks ever.

Barbery’s junior year was cut short due to injury while his sophomore season was marred due to Covid. His freshman year was highlighted by Greater Spokane League Freshman Championships in the 100 and 200 individually. He also earned his program’s Freshman Sensation Award that year.

“Noah is a great example of an athlete who has used his senior season to really improve his stock,” Montana State sprints coach Jay Turner said. “He’s parlayed a breakout indoor season into an AAU national championship in the 60, as well as a runner-up finish in the 200. Noah is an excellent student and an even better young man. He is coachable and very eager to get to work here in Bozeman.”

Gandolfi is an experienced runner at national meets for her club team Liceo Torricelli-Ballardini in Italy. Gandolfi has participated in a variety of events in track and field, but at Montana State is anticipated to compete primarily in the 400 and 400 hurdles. Gandolfi has recorded personal bests of 56.65 in the 400 and 1:01.21 in the 400 hurdles. Her top time in the 400 ranks just outside MSU’s all-time top 10, while her best time in the 400 hurdles would currently be an all-time top 10 mark for the Bobcats.

“Giulia will come in and be an immediate contributor at the conference level in the 400 meter hurdles in an event we feel there’s an opportunity to score major points in,” Turner said. “Giulia will also be a candidate for the relays as well.”

Simpson is a multiple sport athlete at Billings Senior high school. The future Bobcat sprinter has been a standout on the track and on the football field for the Broncs. In track and field, Simpson has contributor to the varsity program since his freshman year. That season, Simpson made state championship appearances at the Class AA meet and made the finals in both the 100 and 200. As a junior in 2021, Simpson completed the fastest time at all levels in Montana in the 100 (10.68) and second fastest in the 200 (22.07), with both serving as his lifetime bests. His time in the 100 was a school record while he was the recipient of his program’s Best Junior award.

This spring, Simpson currently holds the second fastest time in the 100 in the state following his first race of the season. The …….

Source: https://www.montanasports.com/sports/big-sky-conference/montana-state-bobcats/montana-state-adds-four-to-2022-2023-track-and-field-signing-class

(Editor’s note: Montana State athletics press release)

BOZEMAN—Montana State’s track and field program announced the signing of four student-athletes that have submitted National Letters of Intent in the past month and are expected to join the Bobcats ahead of the 2022-23 academic year.

Incoming freshmen Noah Barbery, Giulia Gandolfi and Malikye Simpson will be a part of the Montana State sprints group, while Ava Weems will join the Bobcats’ distance squad having spent the last four years at Mississippi State.

Barbery will make his way to Bozeman from Spokane, Wash., after graduating from Lewis and Clark high school. Barbery has already earned eight first-place finishe…….

(Editor’s note: Montana State athletics press release)

BOZEMAN—Montana State’s track and field program announced the signing of four student-athletes that have submitted National Letters of Intent in the past month and are expected to join the Bobcats ahead of the 2022-23 academic year.

Incoming freshmen Noah Barbery, Giulia Gandolfi and Malikye Simpson will be a part of the Montana State sprints group, while Ava Weems will join the Bobcats’ distance squad having spent the last four years at Mississippi State.

Barbery will make his way to Bozeman from Spokane, Wash., after graduating from Lewis and Clark high school. Barbery has already earned eight first-place finishe…….

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