MISSOULA, Mont. - *** ARTICLE COURTESY OF GRIZZLY ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT
Montana junior Lindsey Hall wasted little time reminding the rest of the Big Sky Conference that she hasn't gone anywhere. Her performance at Saturday's Al Manuel Invitational earned Hall her fourth career Big Sky Conference athlete of the week award.
After redshirting the 2012 outdoor and 2013 indoor seasons, Hall returned to action Saturday at the Al Manuel Invitational in Missoula and won all three events she entered. Her day included a school record in the javelin.
For her efforts, Hall was named the Big Sky Conference Field Athlete of the Week Tuesday by the league office. It was Hall's fourth career Big Sky athlete of the week award. She has twice been honored during her indoor career and now twice outdoor as well.
Hall hadn't competed in a Montana uniform since Feb. 25, 2012, but she showed little rust Saturday.
She got Dornblaser Field buzzing early when her first javelin throw of the day went 160-4. It was a career best by a preposterous 19 feet and broke Alicia Mills' record of 156-0 from 2006.
Hall also won the long jump with a pedestrian mark (for her) of 18-3 and the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.0, just hundredths of a second off her career best.
"I wasn't surprised at all," UM multi-events coach Adam Bork said. "(UM track and field coach) Brian (Schweyen) and I had a conversation earlier in the day about Lindsey and the limited training she has done, but at the end of the conversation we both agreed that we wouldn't be surprised if she had some huge marks."
Hall missed the 2012 outdoor championships and 2013 indoor championships, both of which were held at Bozeman, but she attended both as a photographer.
"I know how competitive of an athlete Lindsey is, so for her to have to watch the last two conference championships from the sideline, I expected her to be hungry and competitive at this first meet, and she proved that she was."
The four-time Big Sky Conference champion ranks first in the conference in the javelin by over seven feet and is sitting second in the hurdles and is tied for third in the long jump. She ranks sixth in the NCAA West Region in the javelin.
Hall now owns five Montana track and field records. In the indoor annals she holds the top mark in the 60-meter hurdles (8.48), long jump (19-4.25) and pentathlon (3,928). In the outdoor record book she is now listed for the javelin and heptathlon (5,360).
The Missoula, Mont., native has twice advanced to outdoor regionals in the high jump, and in 2011 she made outdoor nationals in the heptathlon, where she finished 22nd.
Hall will compete in her first heptathlon of the season next week at UNLV's Sheila Tarr-Smith Multis.
Women's Track Athlete of the Week: Weber State's Amber Henry ran a 9:55.07 in the steeplechase last weekend at the Stanford Invitational. Her time ranks second nationally.
Men's Track Athlete of the Week: Northern Arizona's Futsum Zienasellassie ran a 13:50.50 at the Stanford Invitational, the eighth-fastest time in the nation.
Men's Field Athlete of the Week: Eastern Washington's Jordan Arakawa threw a personal-best 208-1 in the hammer Friday at the Al Manuel Invitational. The mark ranks ninth nationally.