STORY BY MONTANA SPORTS INFORMATION
BOZEMAN – Montana sent 10 athletes to Bozeman on Monday, for the first day of the Montana State Multi-Events meet, and came away with plenty of positive results.
In the indoor pentathlon, senior Erika McLeod, competing unattached, won the event with 3,648 points. All five of Montana’s athletes finished ahead of MSU’s lone participant. McLeod was followed by Jansen Ziola (3,282; second), Jenna Dukovcic (3,044; third), Hannah Coburn (3,036; fourth) and Jaree Mane (career-best 2,951; fifth).
McLeod won four of the five events, earning top marks in the high jump (5-3.75), shot put (37-8), long jump (17-8.75) and 800 meters (2:27.68). Her shot put mark was the best in the field by nearly four feet, and a career best by a half foot. Her 800 time was the quickest in the field by nearly 8 seconds.
Ziola won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.94 seconds, followed by Coburn (9.16) and McLeod (9.20). Ziola placed second in the high jump (career-best 5-2.5) and 800 meters (2:35.32), and third in the long jump (17-2). In addition to a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles, Coburn also finished second for the shot put with a career-best 33-11.25.
Dukovcic was second for the long jump (17-5.25) and third for the high jump (5-0.25). Mane had a career best in the shot put (33.5.75; third) and was also third in the 800 meters (2:41.00).
Jordan Stow currently sits in second place in the heptathlon, while Josh Riley is in fourth. Stow’s shot put mark was a personal best by more than six feet (34-9.5), while his high jump mark was a best by 4.5 inches (6-5). He finished second in the 60-meter hurdles and high jump, as well. Riley set personal bests in the long jump (21-3.25) and shot put (34-7). His long jump mark was not only a personal best but also tops among the 10 athletes competing.
Morgan Eitel (seventh), Noah Adams (ninth) and Grant Whitcutt (10th) are also competing for the Grizzlies. Eitel shattered his personal best in the shot put (37-6.75) and high jump (6-0.5), with his shot put mark ranking first among all athletes on the day. Adams set a career high for the shot put (33-11.25) and tied a personal best in the high jump (5-6.5).
The final three events of the heptathlon – the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1000 meters – will take place Tuesday, beginning at 10 a.m.