Mason Storm kicked off 2016 by qualifying for the Big Sky Championships.
The Montana State junior heptathlete notched the top marks in the 60 meters and the 60-meter hurdles and used three other top-3 event finishes to pile up 4,884 points in the first indoor track meet of the new year. Storm’s point total at the 11th annual MSU Combined Events Invitational earned him the hepathlon victory over Montana’s Jess Beaman and MSU’s Austin Decker and sewed up a spot in next month’s Big Sky Indoor Championships in Bozeman.
Storm, a Great Falls native who placed fifth in the decathlon at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships last spring, ran 7.14 seconds to win the 60 and 8.52 seconds to win the 60-meter hurdles by a wide margin. Storm long jumped 22 feet, one inch, second-best to teammate Alexander Lewis by half an inch. Storm threw the shot put 36 feet, 4.25 inches, the second-best throw behind Beaman’s heave of 40 feet, five inches.
Storm high jumped 5-foot-11.25, the third-best mark. Montana’s Charlie Bush and MSU’s Tristen Gray each cleared 6-foot-4. Storm was fifth out of eight in the pole vault with a vault of 12-09.5. MSU’s Luke Middelstadt and Decker each cleared 14 feet.
Storm broke three minutes by half a second in the 1,000 meter run for the second-best mark. Middelstadt ran 2:58.62 for top honors in the race.
On Monday, Montana State’s Jessica Chrisp and Danielle Rider each punched tickets for the Big Sky Indoor Championship with qualifying marks in the pentathlon. Rider, formerly Danielle Muri, was the runner up at the outdoor championships last spring in the heptathlon to teammate Carley McCutchen. But Chrisp, herself a Big Sky-caliber long jumper, edged out Rider on Monday for a 15-point win.
Chrisp totaled a personal-best 3,568 points thanks to wins in the high jump and the 800. Rider placed in the top four in each event, highlighted by a win in the shot put for 3,553 points.
Chrisp high jumped 5-05.75 and ran 2:28.85 in the 800 for nice point totals. She also long jumped 17-04.75, ran 9.09 in the 60 hurdles and threw the shot put 31-09.5.
Rider ran 9.16 in the hurdles, high jumped 5-02.25, threw the shot put 40-06.25, long jumped 17-00.75 and ran 2:32.20 in the 800.