EUGENE, Ore. — The second day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships did not disappoint. Much like the opening day, one season came to a close, while another still has one day and three events left to leave it all at Historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
Following a day one score of 3,394, his second highest to date, Jeff Mohl bookended an absolutely fabulous collegiate career as a member of Montana State Track and Field. Starting the second of two grueling days of competition, the Red Lodge, Montana native came in 20th in the 110 meter hurdles, and jumped only one spot, to 19th in the discus. However, in the pole vault, one of his strongest events, he launched himself to a height of 16-00.75 (4.90m) for an impressive fifth place finish. Going into the final two events of the decathlon, the javelin and 1,500, he held onto ninth place. A season best throw of 165-06 (50.44m) gave him enough to points to put him in 13th overall headed into the final event as a Bobcat.
With one race left, beginning just over eight hours after the day began, the 1,500 was the culmination of all his efforts and the deciding factor for his overall finish in the decathlon. Picking up his second fifth place finish of the day, he made one final push across the literal and figurative finish line with a time of 4:38.44.
The 1,500 performance awarded him 690 points to bring his two day total to 7,533, a season best putting him in 11th place to end his career. With much to be proud of, Mohl picked up one final special accolade earning second team All-America honors.
“As a coach, I’m at a loss for words,” said head coach Dale Kennedy. “Jeff’s career has been nothing less than remarkable and goes down in history as one of the best ever at Montana State and that’s as a student first, then an athlete. He had a unique senior season and I think overall we’re all pretty please with the way the latter part of this spring has gone for him. A two-time All-America in the multis is pretty unbelievable and really a great way to close things out.”
Carley McCutchen had a strong first four events in the heptathlon, accumulating 3,715 at the end of the first day, good enough for 18th place. The Buckley, Washington native certainly had much to be proud of, competing at the Big Dance for the first time. She kicked the day off with a lifetime best time of 14.33 in the 100 hurdles, placing 16th. In her next event, the high jump, she not only picked up another PR but earned her highest finish of the day, coming seventh with a height of 5-07.75 (1.72m). After a season’s best toss in the shot put (33-05.75) placing her 21st, she closed out day one in the 200, coming in 17th in the field.
“Carley is doing extremely well,” said assistant coach Tom Eitel. “She’s competing out there and isn’t letting this setting get the best of her. To pull off two PR’s today alone is huge and she’s going to close this out tomorrow with the same strength and effort as today.”
The final three events in the heptathlon will commence at 1:30 p.m. (MDT).
— MSU Sports Information