Jan 8, 2013 10:48 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
BOZEMAN - Montana State senior Jeff Mohl scored a personal-best 5,590 points to win the heptathlon Tuesday at the Montana State Multi-Events Invitational at Bozeman.
Montana junior Austin Emry, the heptathlon leader after day one, ended his competition after six of seven events because of a minor injury.
"After taking some time off (for Christmas break) and then competing yesterday and today at a high level of intensity, Austin's hamstring started bugging him," UM multi-events coach Adam Bork said.
"We decided to have him not run the 1,000 meters so we can start working to get the soreness out, get him healthy and have a good rest of the week of training."
Emry entered Tuesday with an 18-point lead over Mohl following Monday's opening four events. The second day of the heptathlon features the 55-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters.
Emry, who hit the third hurdle, held a slim lead through the opening event by running a 7.83 to Mohl's 7.82, but Mohl staked a winning margin in the pole vault.
Mohl, who has a pole vault personal best of 16-4.75, went 15-9. Emry, whose personal best is 15-1, went 14-9, and that 12-inch discrepancy gave Mohl an untouchable 73-point lead going into the 1,000 meters.
Because Emry was 126 points below his score from the same point last month at Eastern Washington, when he scored a school-record 5,623 points, and because he wasn't 100 percent, he and his coaches opted to end his day and limit any potential damage that racing a hard 1,000 meters would have done.
Emry did, however, pace Mohl through the first 400 meters of the 1,000 before pulling out. Mohl came across the line in 2:51.13.
"Austin definitely did some good things in the hurdles, including having a really good start, but in the vault he wasn't running the same. You could tell (his hamstring) was bugging him mentally," Bork said.
"This is only going to make him want to be more ready for his next heptathlon (at Washington State later this month)."
Montana will compete as a full team at the Montana State Dual Meet Invitational in Bozeman on Friday, Jan. 18. Montana's multi-event athletes will tackle the pentathlon and heptathlon Jan. 25-26 at the Washington State Cougar Indoor.