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Bobcats and Griz split track and field multi-event opener

By Kane O'Neill, KTVM Sports, koneill@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 07 2014 10:57:14 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 07 2014 11:04:53 PM MST

The Bobcats and Griz have a storied rivalry and the two schools unofficially opened their 2014 indoor season against one another this week in Bozeman.

Montana State hosted the Cat-Griz track duals which held a Men's heptathlon and a Women's pentathlon.

Since it was an unofficial opening, the events did not count towards the schools record but athletes could qualify for the Big Sky Conference Championship.

The women held their pentathlon on Monday with Montana's Lindsey Hall showing once again why she is a force to be reckoned with in the Big Sky. Hall finished first in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.13 seconds and finished 3rd overall in the woman's high jump. Hall was the women's overall winner with a score of 3,541.

"I was happy with a lot of the performances that I put up yesterday," said Hall. "Obviously I could use some improvement but I was just excited to be performing as a Montana Grizzly not as an unattached."

The men began their pentathlon Monday and held the final three events Tuesday. Montana State's Jeff Mohl and Montana's Austin Emry, as usual, would be the two battling for the top spot.

Mohl and Emry went head to head in the Men's 55 meter hurdle Tuesday, Mohl beating Emry by a 10th of a second with a time of 7.69 compared to Emry's 7.70.

Mohl won two of the first five events with Emry winning three. However, a sore shoulder kept Emry out of the pole vault which sealed Mohl's victory heading into the final two events, as he took the title with a score of 5,450.

"I'm red-shirting this indoor so I was mostly looking to see where I was at," said Mohl. "I was pretty happy with it. You don't get this type of competition anywhere else in the country. Two All-Americans in the same event in January is pretty crazy."

Montana State's Amber Amsbaugh personal record in the high jump highlighted the events Monday. The only woman to clear 5 feet 8 inches, Amber went for 5'9, a personal record, and hit the mark to the cheers of both Cat and Griz athletes.

"I really wanted it and I'm hoping at the next meet to attempt the school record again," said Amsbaugh, who failed at her school record attempt Monday of 5 feet 10 inches. "I don't want to say I want six foot, but it's hard to say I don't want it."