Bobcats Compete at NCAA Opening Day

EUGENE, Ore. — One Bobcat had their season come to an end while another still has one final day ahead of him at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Oregon, in Eugene.

Jeff Mohl opened the day at historic Hayward Field in the decathlon, competing in the first five events of the two-day contest. He started the day off with a sixth place finish in the opening event, clocking a 10.86 in the 100 meter dash, just .05 shy of a lifetime best. A 12th place performance in the long jump still kept him in the top-10, but a 21st place finish in the shot put, placed him in 13th overall, headed into the fourth event. In the high jump, his eighth place height of 6-07.50, put him back up to 11th, with just one event remaining on the night.

He closed out the day in the 400, with a time of 49.59 (fifth place), bringing his one day-total to 3,994 points, sitting him in 10th place at the halfway point.

Grant Grosvenor closed out his junior season in the semifinals of the 800. Running in the first heat and continuing to capitalize of a big post-season, he crossed the finish line in 1:50.62. Despite a huge push in the final 200 meters, after spending a majority of the race at the back of the pack, it wasn’t enough to advance him to finals. He finished fifth in his heat for 20th overall.

“Hats off to the 800 competitors,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “Grant did his best to run a smart race and his push at the end shows that he most definitely belongs with these elite runners. He had a great season and we’re excited to see what else is in store for him next season. As for Jeff, this is the best he’s done so far at this meet. Day two is always a big one for him so we’re excited to see how it all pans out.”

Mohl will begin competition on Thursday at noon (MDT), to start the final day of the decathlon. Carley McCutchen, in her first NCAA Championship appearance, will kick off the first day of the women’s heptathlon beginning at 2 p.m.

— MSU Sports Information



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