MSU’s Mohl wins Big Sky decathlon

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Head Coach Dale Kennedy has been around Bobcat Track and Field and the Big Sky Championships enough to know that repetition is for emphasis. More times than not, when the multis kick off any meet, he will mention how it has the potential to really set the tone of a track meet, especially the important ones. The second day of the Big Sky Championships is one of those reasons why he repeats himself.

Jeff Mohl, who has faced a difficult season of training, took advantage of his final conference meet, looking past the circumstances and earned his third consecutive Big Sky multi individual title on Thursday, May 15 at the Track and Field Complex on Northern Arizona’s campus in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Mohl was in first place following the first five events and despite a bit of wavering between first and second, he came out on top in the decathlon with a season-high score of 7,359. He earned the win by over 100 points from second place. He started the day off with a fourth place finish in the 110 hurdles, an event he was yet to participate in this season. He finished in the same spot in the discus, uncorking a throw of 116-08 (35.55m).

The Red Lodge, Montana native really stood out in the pole vault, especially considering he had competed only one other time in 2014 in the event. He won the vault by nearly two feet with an impressive height of 16-00.75 (4.90m). A fourth place finish in the javelin, throwing 159-03 (48.54m) didn’t tarnish his position too much headed into the final event. He took third in the 1,500, clocking 4:47.81 but the gold medal was his.

Mohl’s win today marks his second in the decathlon after winning in 2012 and the indoor heptathlon in 2013.

The women’s heptathlon got huge performances from Carley McCutchen and Danielle Muri, both notching top-five finishes in the grueling two-day event. Finishing in second place, McCutchen tallied a lifetime best score of 5,391, only 10 points off from the individual title. Her silver medal matches her last Big Sky outdoor finish from 2012.

Lindsey Hall of Montana was the champion with 5,401.

The Buckley, Washington native had a fantastic day, notching PRs in all three of day two’s events. She kicked the day off with a fourth place finish in the long jump in 18-07.25 (5.67m), two feet better than her previous PR. Finishing right behind Hall in the javelin, she measured a hearty throw of 129-02 (39.38m), nearly a nine-foot improvement for the senior. Kicking it into high gear for the seventh and final event, McCutchen’s second place finish in the 800, wasn’t quite enough to get the win but still could produce a lifetime best time, crossing the finish line in 2:22.34.

Danielle Muri had an impressive day in Flagstaff, as well. In her first outdoor championship, she put on a lifetime best performance accumulating 4,953 point, over a 300-point improvement. Despite an 11th place finish in the long jump, Muri was able to rally and sustain a PR in the event with a distance of 17-08.25 (5.39m). In the javelin, one of her preferred events, she took third behind McCutchen throwing 127-03 (38.79m). In the 800, she clocked a time of 2:36.89 to hold on to a top-five finish, securing the fourth spot overall.

“It was a great first two days,” said Kennedy. “As I’ve said, this is how we like to set the tone, especially for this meet. Our jumpers got this going by competing as best as they could and we’re ahead of where we hoped we’d be by this point, with the rest of the meet taking off tomorrow.”

— MSU Sports Information

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