Live from Bozeman :: Friday at the Big Sky Championships
Feb. 22, 2013
Welcome to GoGriz.com's live coverage of the 2013 Big Sky Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships from Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman, Mont. Friday morning is the conclusion of the men's heptathlon. Open field events begin at 1:30 p.m., running events at 4:15 p.m.
Refresh this page throughout the day for ongoing updates. Check back tonight for a full recap and a photo gallery of Lindsey Hall's best images.
9:32 a.m. -- The heptathlon 55-meter hurdles is complete. Montana State's Powhattan Williamson became the first athlete not named Austin Emry or Jeff Mohl to finish in the top two in an event. Williamson won with a time of 7.68.
Emry hit the fourth of five hurdles and came in just behind Williamson at 7.69. Emry's career best in the event is 7.53. He gave away some points in his quest for a huge two-day score, but he gained points on Mohl.
Mohl hit the third hurdle, but he still won the second heat in a time of 7.76. That gives Emry 4,159 points and a 114-point lead over Mohl in the overall standings with the pole vault and 1,000 meters to come.
The pole vault is likely going to be a three- to four-hour event, so further updates this morning will be slow in coming.
Top five through five events:
Austin Emry, Montana (4,159)
10:40 a.m. -- The pole vault bar is up to 11-9. Austin Emry isn't entering until it gets to a height of 13-1. This will be a key event for Emry. His career best is 15-1. Second-place Jeff Mohl has gone over 16 feet, which could close the point gap quickly.
11:20 a.m. -- Disastrous turn of events in the pole vault. Austin Emry just missed three times at 13-1 and will get no points for the event. His shot at the Montana and Big Sky Conference records is over, and if Jeff Mohl clears a height, Mohl will lock up the Big Sky title in the heptathlon.
With Emry running the preliminaries of the 55-meter hurdles this evening and competing in the open high jump and long jump as well, one line of thinking would be to hold Emry out of the heptathlon's 1,000 meters to save his legs for those events, but coach Brian Schweyen says Emry is still going to run.
Even with the no-height in the pole vault, Emry can still finish in the top five overall if he runs the 1,000 meters and collects those points, and those are team points that Schweyen wants to have.
12:26 p.m. -- Jeff Mohl just won the pole vault with a height of 16-4.75, a career best. He's a lock to win the heptathlon. When the six-event points are tabulated, he may be in a position to add to his season best and improve upon his 10th-place standing on the national performance list.
12:55 p.m. -- Standings through six of seven events:
Jeff Mohl, Montana State (4,955)
How head and shoulders are Mohl and Emry above everyone else? Austin Emry is still in third, just eight points out of second, even though he scored no points in the pole vault.
Mohl is a lock to hit 5,700 points, which will solidify his spot to nationals. If he scores 777 points in the 1,000 meters, he'll break Asa Staven's Big Sky Conference record of 5,731. He needs to go faster than 2:49 to do it.
If Emry can overtake Williamson in the final standings and get second place, he'll score eight team points for Montana. Third place is worth six points.
The 1,000 meters is about to start.
1:07 p.m. -- Williamson held off Emry in the 1,000 meters, giving Montana State a 1-2 finish in the heptathlon. Emry finished third. Awaiting final results to see if Jeff Mohl broke the Big Sky record.
1:30 p.m. -- Final standings from the heptathlon:
Jeff Mohl, Montana State (5,725)
Mohl needed to go sub 2:49 to break Asa Staven's Big Sky record of 5,731. He ran a 2:49.56.
Mohl's point total would rank seventh on the national performance list entering the weekend. That bumps Emry down to at least ninth. The top 16 declared athletes will be going to Fayetteville, Ark., next month. Anxious times as Emry sits and waits the results of conference championships from across the country this weekend.
Just for fun: If Emry had gone 15-1 in the pole vault, which is his career best, he would have scored 5,696 points.
The women's weight throw is about to begin. Kiandra Rajala is up for Montana and is the lone Grizzly in the event.
Dezellem went 17-3, 16-10 and 17-7.
The second flight is about to begin. There are 20 athletes competing between the two flights. The top nine will go to finals for three more jumps.
Montana's marks of 17-8 and 17-7 are on the bubble.
Final call for the women's pole vault.
3:10 p.m. -- The athletes in the women's pole vault are being introduced. Montana will have Emily Mendoza and Rebekah Collins in the event. The opening height is 10-10. Mendoza and Collins both have a season best of 11-3.75.
Both enter the championships tied for 15th on the Big Sky performance list, so neither is projected to finish in the top eight and score points.
In the women's weight throw, Kiandra Rajala did not approach her season best of 53-3.5 and failed to make finals. She had a pre-championships ranking of 12th.
3:22 p.m. -- Collins and Mendoza both cleared 10-10 on their first attempts. Nice start for both of them.
3:37 p.m. -- The cut to make finals for the women's long jump was over 18 feet, so Brenneman and Dezellem both came up short.
3:52 p.m. -- Rebekah Collins missed three attempts at 11-4 in the pole vault and is out of the competition. Emily Mendoza cleared it on her first try. They are up to 11-9, which is five inches over Mendoza's season best, but so far she's looked good. Two vaults, two makes.
4:13 p.m. -- Mendoza missed her first two attempts at 11-9.
The running events are about to start, which means it's about to get really busy. Two and a half hours straight of preliminaries in the 55-meter hurdles, 400 meters, 55 meters, 800 meters and 200 meters.
Then the 5,000 meters and distance medley relay to wrap up the day's running events.
Field events still to take place today: the men's long jump, men's high jump and men's shot put.
4:18 p.m. -- Mendoza is out of the pole vault.
Austin Emry, Jacob Leininger and Austin Lindquist are up in the preliminaries of the 55-meter hurdles. Emry ranks third, Leininger 12th and Lindquist 16th. The top eight out of the preliminaries make tomorrow's finals.
4:30 p.m. -- Kiandra Rajala finished 13th in the women's weight throw at a distance of 50-8.25.
Leininger finished last in heat two of the 55-meter hurdles. He had a problem with one of the middle hurdles.
Clean race for Emry in heat three. He should be good for the finals. Lindquist was last in the heat.
Emry qualified with a fifth-place time of 7.62 in the men's hurdles. NAU's Vernon Jamison had the fastest preliminaries time of 7.53, which is the same as Emry's season best.
Austin Lindquist ran an 8.07. Leininger was disqualified for pushing one of the hurdles over.
4:34 p.m. -- Looked like Green was second in the opening heat after running a clean race. Looked finals-worthy, but we won't know for sure until the rest of the heats are run. Dezellem was also in the opening heat and finished a ways back.
Anika Green had the third-fastest prelims time in the 55-meter hurdles of 7.92, a career best by 0.12. Green still has the 55 meters and 200 to go today. She ranks outside of the top eight in both, but maybe her PR in the hurdles will spark her to greatness.
4:47 p.m. -- Six heats upcoming in the men's 400 meters. Dylan Hambright has the top time (48.10). He'll race in the opening heat.
5:11 p.m. -- Women's 400 meters about to start. Awaiting men's standings. Finishing places within each heat don't matter. It's all about time and having one of the top eight overall.
5:21 p.m. -- Dylan Hambright had the second-fastest 400 time of 48.14, so he'll be competing Saturday. Weber State's Dustin Durfee, who edged Hambright at the line in heat one, had the fastest preliminaries time of 48.12.
5:26 p.m. -- The opening flight of the men's long jump is up. Austin Emry will be competing in an hour or so in the second flight.
5:30 p.m. -- All the heats of the women's 400 are done. Time for the men's and women's 55 meters. Taylor Walcott ranks sixth in the men's 55. Anika Green 13th and Morgan Braby 19th in the women's 55. Walcott is a freshman on the Griz football team from Eugene, Ore.
5:37 p.m. -- Eickholt, who ranked sixth in the 400 meters, finished fifth in the preliminaries in a time of 56.49 and will race Saturday. That was a career best at just the right time.
McKenzie Luth, who ranked eighth, finished 13th in a time of 58.41.
5:53 p.m. -- Taylor Walcott will be racing Saturday. He had the fifth-fastest preliminaries time of 6.41. His previous season best was 6.44. The fastest prelims time was 6.30.
6:19 p.m. -- Austin Emry just went 23-11 on his first attempt in the long jump. That's a season best and just shy of his career best of 24-3, which was a wind-aided effort at last year's outdoor championships.
The women's 800 is next. Montana does not have an entry.
Weber State's Cylor Morgan just went 24-10 in the long jump to take the lead. He ranks first in the Big Sky entering the championships, Emry second. Emry scratched on his second attempt.
The men's 200 is up on the track. Montana does not have an entry.
6:35 p.m. -- The battle is on in the men's long jump. Austin Emry just went a career-best 24-9.
6:50 p.m. -- Jeremy Beck made his third attempt at 6-2 in the high jump but only after grazing the bar as much as humanly possible without knocking it off. He's on to the next height. Austin Emry is going to be shuttling between the high jump and the finals of the long jump. Lee Hardt has not entered the high jump yet.
Anika Green, who ranks 12th, and McKenzie Luth, who ranks 15th, are just about up in the 200 meters. That will be the final event that uses preliminaries. Then it's on to the 5,000 meters and distance medley relays.
Brandon Forson is currently competing in the shot put. He went 47-5 on his second attempt.
7:01 p.m. -- Brandon Forson went 49-9 on his third and final attempt in the shot. That won't be enough to make finals. He was ranked 11th in the event with a season-best of 51-11.25.
7:41 p.m. -- The men's 5,000 meters is underway. Mark Messmer is competing for Montana. With a race this long, athletes are covering the entire 200 meters of the track. Hard to keep tabs on who is in what position. Will have to wait for the results.
In the men's 5,000, Mark Messmer finished 15th in a time of 15:44.33.
8:12 p.m. -- In the men's long jump, Austin Emry was a half inch from becoming a Big Sky Conference champion. He upped his career best from 24-3 to 24-9.25, but it came up just short of Weber State's Cylor Morgan, who went 24-9.75.
The Montana men currently have 14 points, eight from Emry in the long jump, six from his third-place finish in the heptathlon.
The men's shot is done, which means the women's distance medley relay will close out day two at the championships.
8:51 p.m. -- Montana's women's distance medley relay just finished fourth behind a strong anchor leg from birthday girl Keli Dennehy in the 1,600 meters. Carly Wilczynski ran the 1,200, Brittany Schroeder the 400 and Autumn Taniguchi the 800.
That's it for Friday. A full recap will be coming later tonight. Tomorrow's events don't begin until 11 a.m. with the men's weight throw and women's triple jump.
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