University of Montana senior Lindsey Hall was a favorite to win the heptathlon Thursday at the opening day of the Big Sky Conference indoor championships in Pocatello, and the Missoula native did not disappoint.
Hall finished first or second in four of the five events and finished with 3,969 points to claim 1st place. The Missoula Big Sky graduate becomes a 3-time conference champion in the pentathlon. Her points total also sets a new record for the Big Sky Conference, surpassing the all-time Big Sky record of 3,929, set by Montana State’s Erin Jones-Graf in 2006.
Hall had a huge lead heading into the final event of the 800 meters. However her time of 2:32.72 in the final race placed her just 11th and stopped her from breaking the coveted 4,000 points plateau. Still Hall’s performance ranks her 15th in the country and puts her in position to advance to the NCAA national championships. The top 16 declared marks at the end of the season will advance to nationals, which is held in two weeks time at Albuquerque, N.M.
As a team the Montana women collected 12 team points behind Hall’s victory and senior Shayle Dezellem’s seventh-place finish. Hall now ups her indoor championships points total to 85.5 and makes her the conference’s highest-scoring female athlete in indoor championships history with 7.5 more than any other female athlete in Big Sky history. And Hall’s championship weekend is very young, the senior still has four open events remaining Friday and Saturday.
Hall's Pentathlon Performance
|60m Hurdles||8.56 seconds||2nd||1004|
|High Jump||5 ft 7.25 inches||1st||867|
|Shot Put||40 ft 0.5 inches||2nd||674|
|Long Jump||18 ft 9.25 in||2nd||765|