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Montana State’s Mason Storm finishes runner-up in Big Sky Conference decathlon

Posted at 5:39 PM, May 09, 2018

MOSCOW, Idaho — Mason Storm won five of the 10 events in the men’s decathlon at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field championships, earning a runner-up finish for Montana State. Portland State’s Donte Robinson edged Storm by 146 points for the title.

Robinson totaled 7,307 points compared to Storm’s 7,161.

Storm, who won the 100-meter dash, long jump and shot put on Tuesday, added a win in the 110-meter high hurdles and split the pole vault title with Robinson. The Portland State junior earned his win in the javelin, throwing 203 feet, 8 inches to win the event, earning 769 points. Storm’s toss of 125-04 was good for 416 points, creating the separation between the two in the race for the decathlon title.

Storm, who was a state champion hurdler at Great Falls CMR, clocked a 14.71 in the 110s, capturing 885 points in the event. He and Robinson each cleared 14-05 1/2 in the pole vault. Storm placed third in the discus and fifth in the 1,500-meter run to cap the decathlon.

“I’m extremely happy with it,” Storm said in an MSU release. “It was fun to get out here and put together a good multi. It’s something I’ve been trying do for years and I couldn’t ask for a better way to end it.”

Storm’s MSU teammate Caleb Neth, the former Manhattan state champion, placed third in the decathlon, 412 points behind Storm’s runner-up finish. Neth, a sophomore, won the discus competition on Wednesday, throwing 127 feet, 5 inches. He also finished third in the javelin and pole vault portions of the decathlon.

“Honestly, I was just just blessed to come out here to compete,” Neth said. “I got to compete with Mason and we just talked before we got started that we wanted to stay with each other. We pushed each other and it was great to do this with this being his senior year.”

“The biggest thing now is we each have to focus in our events on doing the best we can and to compete,” Neth said of the next two days. “My goal is to do just the best I can and to cheer on my teammates. We’re going to put something together I think that will be special.”

Montana’s Josh Riley earned a fourth-place finish in the decathlon after accumulating 6,678 points. He won the 1,500-meter run in 4:31.89.

To view the performances and final standings from the men’s decathlon at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field championships, please click here.

The women’s heptathlon was also held on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Idaho State freshman Ashley Vanvleet the victor. Vanvleet won the high jump on Tuesday, and totaled 5,105 points to defeat Sacramento State junior Emilia Del Hoyo by 154 points.

Montana freshman Jaree Mane finished the heptathlon in fifth place. The Lewistown native won the shot put on Tuesday, heaving 35 feet, 5 3/4 inches. Mane added a win in the javelin on Wednesday, tossing 116-11 in the first-place effort.

Mane’s Griz teammate, Jenna Dukovcic, was 11th in the heptathlon, while Montana State’s Jazmin Wilberg placed 12th.

To view the performances and final standings from the women’s heptathlon at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track and field championships, please click here.