Montana State senior Jeff Mohl has had a fantastic outdoor track season in his senior year and is now preparing to cap off his career as a Bobcat at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championships in Eugene, Oregon.
"I couldn't really ask for a better senior year," said Mohl. "Had a few, kind of minor injuries early on in the season, but that has kind of paid off for me because I'm not as worn out as I usually would be at this point in the year."
Mohl secured his spot at the NCAA championships in May when he won the decathlon at the Big Sky Conference championships. Mohl last competed at the Outdoor NCAA championships in 2012, where he finished 17th overall. He says his finish at the 2012 meet has helped him see exactly what he needs to do if he wants to place higher this time around.
"The first time I went, I think I felt like I had to just kill it in every single event to be competitive," Mohl said. "That put to much stress on me and it got in my head. This year I know that if I just am steady through them all and have one or two good things then I'll be competitive."
One or two big finishes will be key as the decathlon isn't for the faint of heart. The decathlon includes four running events (100 meter, 110 meter hurdles, 1500 meter run and a 400 meter run) three jumping events (long jump, high jump and pole vault) and three throwing events (shot put, javelin and discus). That means Mohl will be competing against the best all-around Division I athletes in the entire country.
"There's a little bit of pressure since I'd like to finish on kind of a high note," said Mohl. "I would like to peak at my last meet, rather than have a bad meet to end on. I guess that's the only pressure i'm feeling for it being my last meet."
Many of the decathlon competitiors will be competing in the NCAA championships for the first time and Mohl says that makes preparing for his competition even tougher.
"Sixteen of the twenty-four competitors have never been to the championships before," Mohl said. "So you never know how those guys are going to do. I'm just hoping for a PR (personal record) and to finish in the top eight, hopefully top 5."
The decathlon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, June 11th.