FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Senior Lindsey Hall scored 24 points Saturday, giving her a league-record 43 for the meet, and was named Most Valuable Athlete after leading Montana to a second-place finish at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field championships.
Sophomore Sammy Evans won the triple jump, Hall was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles, triple jump and javelin, and sophomore Samantha Hodgson set a new school record in the shot put as the Grizzlies scored 85.5 points Saturday and 119.5 overall to finish behind only Northern Arizona, which totaled 135.
After finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles as a freshman and sophomore, junior Drew Owens broke through for his first title in the event Saturday. He helped the Grizzlies score 45.5 points for the day and 81.5 for the week, good for fourth place behind NAU, Montana State and Southern Utah.
Montana had five individual winners at the championships — Evans and Owens on Saturday, seniors Austin Emry in the long jump and Keith Webber in the pole vault on Friday and Hall in the heptathlon Wednesday and Thursday — the most titles for the programs since winning six in 2007.
“I just want to say congratulations to the entire staff, from the coaches to the trainers. The coaches got the athletes ready to compete this week, and the trainers kept them healthy, and that allowed us to perform as well as we did,” said UM coach Brian Schweyen.
“I still want that championship, but I can’t be disappointed with either team.”
Hall was entered in the heptathlon, plus five more individual events at the championships. She won the multi-events and did not finish lower than a tie for fourth in the others to earn MVA honors for the second time in her career.
Her 43 points are the most ever by an athlete at a Big Sky outdoor championships, men or women, and her 100 career points match the women’s record held by Boise State’s Carmel Major (1984-87).
Hall’s points helped Montana match its best finish at the Big Sky outdoor championships and gave the Grizzlies their third top-three finish in the last five years.
She had plenty of help Saturday, starting with Evans, who added an outdoor championship to the indoor triple jump title she won in early March. Evans jumped a career-best 40-6.25 and was the only athlete to break 40 feet. Hall was second with her own career best of 39-10.
Hodgson scored 11 points at the championships and was the team’s No. 2 scorer behind Hall. She was fourth in the discus on Friday and went a career-best 48-3.5 in the shot put on Saturday to finish third.
Her effort broke the UM record of 47-11, set by Jamie Slyder in 2000, and gives Hodgson the school record in the shot put indoors and the shot put and discus outdoors.
The Grizzlies collected 21 points in the hurdles Saturday. Hall (13.42) and senior Anika Green (13.73) finished second and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles, and senior Kourtney Danreuther (59.29) placed second in the 400-meter hurdles.
Montana also scored big in the javelin, with Hall placing second (155-2), sophomore Stephanie Wells fifth (150-5) and sophomore McCalle Feller eighth, with a career-best throw of 145-10.
Freshman Reagan Colyer totaled 10 points Saturday. She finished third in a tight race in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.48 and placed fifth in the 1,500 meters in 4:41.01, a tough double at 6,888 feet.
Also scoring Saturday were sophomore Sarah Hastings, fourth in the 5,000 meters (18:18.90), sophomore Emily Mendoza, tied for sixth in the pole vault (11-10), senior Kellee Glaus, seventh in the triple jump (38-7.5), and sophomore Lauryn Wate, seventh in the 1,500 meters (4:44.42).
The Grizzlies finished fourth in the 4×400-meter relay and eighth in the 4×100-meter relay.
Owens’ first Big Sky title was four years in the making. He finished runner-up as a freshman and sophomore, then redshirted the 2013 outdoor season. On Saturday he was in a league of his own. His time of 51.28 was a career best and outpaced the field by almost a full second.
“This means a lot, because I took second my first two years and my goal was to get over the hump this year,” Owens said. “Today was a great race with an incredible field. Coming down that last hundred, I got a second wind and felt stronger than I ever have at the end of a race.”
Owens’ altitude-adjusted time of 51.49 vaults him up to No. 26 in the region and locks him into his third trip to the NCAA West Regional, which this year will be held at Fayetteville, Ark.
Junior Lee Hardt had a 9.5-point day, tying for third in the high jump at 6-9.75 and placing fifth in the triple jump with a career-best 46-10, and the championships continued to be a breakout meet for Dominique Bobo.
On Friday the freshman from Wichita Falls, Texas, had a huge PR to finish fifth in the long jump. On Saturday it was the 200 meters. Not ranked in the top eight in the event entering the week, Bobo finished fourth with a season-best time of 21.08.
Emry scored in two more events Saturday, finishing fifth in the high jump at 6-8.75 and eighth in the 110-meter hurdles. Junior Ben Williamson was also a two-event scorer Saturday. He finished sixth in the 800 meters (1:59.12) and eighth in the 1,500 meters (4:02.88).
Sophomore Cody Curtis placed fifth in the 800 meters (1:57.03), sophomore Dylan Reynolds was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles (52.98), and the Grizzlies’ 4×400-meter relay team of Owens, Reynolds, Bobo and junior Dylan Hambright finished fourth.
The Montana athletes who make the cut to the West Regional will be announced by the NCAA Thursday morning. The meet will be held May 29-31.
1. Northern Arizona, 135
2. Montana, 119.5
3. Montana State, 110
4. Portland State, 89
5. Eastern Washington, 84
6. Northern Colorado, 60
7. Weber State, 57
8. Sacramento State, 55
9. Southern Utah, 53
10. North Dakota, 34
11. Idaho State, 21.5
Montana’s point scorers
10, Lindsey Hall, 1st, heptathlon
10, Sammy Evans, 1st, triple jump
8, Lindsey Hall, 2nd, 100m hurdles
8, Kourtney Danreuther, 2nd, 400m hurdles
8, Lindsey Hall, 2nd, triple jump
8, Lindsey Hall, 2nd, javelin
6, Reagan Colyer, 3rd, 800 meters
6, Samantha Hodgson, 3rd, shot put
5, Anika Green, 4th, 100m hurdles
5, Sarah Hastings, 4th, 5,000 meters
5, 4x400m relay, 4th (Worst, Brenneman, Luth, Danreuther)
5, Lindsey Hall, 4th, long jump
5, Samantha Hodgson, 4th, discus
4, Reagan Colyer, 5th, 1,500 meters
4, Gwenn Abbott, t-4th, high jump
4, Lindsey Hall, t-4th, high jump
4, Stephanie Wells, 5th, javelin
3, Allie Parks, 6th, steeplechase
3, Nicole Stroot, 6th, long jump
2.5, Emily Mendoza, t-6th, pole vault
2, Lauryn Wate, 7th, 1,500 meters
2, Kellee Glaus, 7th, triple jump
1, 4x100m relay, 8th (Green, Braby, Worst, Danreuther)
1, McCalle Feller, 8th, javelin
1. Northern Arizona, 151
2. Montana State, 118
3. Southern Utah, 109.5
4. Montana, 81.5
5. Sacramento State, 76
6. Eastern Washington, 68
6. Idaho State, 68
8. North Dakota, 45
9. Weber State, 42.5
10. Portland State, 29.5
11. Northern Colorado, 29
Montana’s point scorers
10, Drew Owens, 1st, 400m hurdles
10, Austin Emry, 1st, long jump
10, Keith Webber, 1st, pole vault
5.5, Lee Hardt, t-3rd, high jump
5, Dominique Bobo, 4th, 200 meters
5, 4x400m relay, 4th (Hambright, Owens, Reynolds, Bobo)
5, Lukas Scherer, 4th, javelin
4, Cody Curtis, 5th, 800 meters
4, Dominique Bobo, 5th, long jump
4, Austin Emry, 5th, high jump
4, Lee Hardt, 5th, triple jump
4, Jase Buche, 5th, javelin
3, Dylan Reynolds, 6th, 400m hurdles
3, Ben Williamson, 6th, 800 meters
2, Riley Neville, 7th, pole vault
1, Austin Emry, 8th, 110m hurdles
1, Ben Williamson, 8th, 1,500 meters
1, Henry Lilly, 8th, javelin
— Montana Sports Information