WALNUT, Calif. — Montana State Track and Field senior Carley McCutchen kicked off the ‘Cats weekend in California by breaking the heptathlon record, earning 5,461 total points. McCutchen topped the previous record of 5,434 held by MSU coach Erin Jones-Graf that was set in 2006.
“It was a great two days for all three of our multi-athletes,” head coach Dale Kennedy said. “All three of them hit personal bests and Carley topped that off by breaking the record. This was a fantastic way to start off the weekend.”
In a field of 41 competitors, McCutchen placed fifth overall at the California Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific University. Danielle Muri finished 11th with a total of 5006 and Jessica Chrisp placed 19th with 4705 points, both personal bests.
McCutchen found her way to the top ten in five-of-seven events, with two top five finishes. The senior’s best finish came in the 200, placing fifth with a time of 24.67. This is a personal-record and puts her in MSU’s top ten list. In the 100 hurdles, McCutchen also placed fifth, crossing the finish line in 14.33 seconds.
Muri earned the best finish for the ‘Cats over the two days, placing third in the shot put with a distance of 40-02 feet. The junior from Billings, Mont. also placed seventh in the javelin with a mark of 117-05 feet.
Chrisp’s placed 10th in the 200, running a time of 25.13, a career-high. In three other events, the sophomore placed in the top 25, with an 18th place finish in the high jump (5-03.75).
Three MSU hammer throwers competed at the Bryan Clay Classic, with Butte Central graduate Sean Ferriter leading the way. Ferriter finished third, throwing a distance of 198-04. Zach Sharp also competing, marking a throw of 178-03. Taylor Pfister was the lone female thrower for the ‘Cats, throwing 124-0 feet.
Jake Turner, Jenette Northey and Seth Garbett will compete this evening. The meet will pick back up tomorrow morning with field events beginning at 10 a.m.
— MSU Sports Information