MSU track opens strong

BOZEMAN — In just the first meet of the season, Montana State Track and Field experienced what normally is spread out over the course of the year. Victory, defeat, new records and even injury ran rampant in Worthington Arena at the MSU Combined Events Invitational, which ran Jan. 7-8 to kick off the 2013 indoor slate.

The first day of competition featured the women’s pentathlon and the first four events of the men’s heptathlon. In the pentathlon, Carley McCutchen, who had a breakout year in outdoor this past spring, maintained that momentum going on to win with 3,538 points. Her score was just three points shy of a lifetime best for the Buckley, Wash. native. McCutchen beat out Montana’s Shayle Dezellem, who came in second with 3,440 points. McCutchen won the high jump outright and also clocked in with a new lifetime best in the 55 hurdles in 8.32 seconds.

Kortnee Barrett placed third with 3,100 points, also an increase from her 2,987 points at 2012’s meet. Barrett won the shot put with a distance of 11.25m.

In her first meet as a Bobcat, Sarah Snoozy place fifth with 2,649 points.

Butte native Sarah McGree, one of MSU’s multi veterans, bowed out early following the 55 hurdles, with an injury.

“This was a great opener for McCutchen and Barrett,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “Carley put together consistent performances that obviously showed in the scores. On the flipside, we’re hoping to get McGree healthy as soon as we can, as she is a huge asset to the women’s program.”

The men’s heptathlon took place over two days, in a highly anticipated match-up between 2012 outdoor decathlon champion Jeff Mohl and Montana’s Austin Emry. At the end of day one, Emry held a slim lead over Mohl with 3,126 points to Mohl’s 3,108. The first day provided three individual wins for the Red Lodge, Mont. native, including a lifetime best in the 55 (6.55) and high jump (4.03m) and a win in the long jump. He also notched a lifetime best in the shot put (11.83m).

The second day of competition saw Mohl pull away from Emry and secure the win with 5,590 points, a personal best for Mohl and a new meet record. Mohl set the record in 2012 with 5,521 points.

Powhattan Williamson came in third overall with 4,171 points, after failing to clear in the pole vault.

“Jeff’s performance could very well put him on the descending order list at the national level,” said Kennedy. He put together a solid showing and improved from last year. Pow was on track to get great marks but the vault obviously put a damper on that. The good news is that they’ll all have a chance to keep progressing at the Mountain States Games in February.”

The Bobcats will compete in full force on Friday, Jan. 18, at the MSU Dual Meet Invitational. Montana and Idaho State will also be in attendance. The field events are slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

— MSU Sports Information