Lindsey Hall earns All-American honors


MISSOULA, Mont. - Montana senior Lindsey Hall ended her collegiate career with a seventh-place finish in the heptathlon Friday afternoon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Hall finished with a total of 5,603 points, adding 53 to her own school record and posting the third-best heptathlon score in Big Sky Conference history.

She becomes Montana's first female multi-event All-American and the Grizzlies' first women's outdoor All-American since 1994.

"I just am so grateful to have the opportunity to get back here and compete with this field of talented women and go through two days with them," said Hall. "It's just been awesome getting to know some of them and competing at my best along the way; just staying in it with seven events is pretty difficult and it's nice to be able to get on the podium and take seventh place after 5 years of taking a hack at this event."

Hall began the day in 10th but fell to 12th after struggling in the long jump. Hall scratched in two of her three attempts in the event and registered a mark of 18-4 1/4, her shortest effort of the entire outdoor season.

Hall had her most consistent series of javelin throws all season, posting three marks over 150 feet. Her top throw of 154-2 placed second overall and vaulted her up the standings to fourth place.

She ran a 2:24.89 in the 800 meters to drop three places in the final standings -- nine athletes ran times faster than 2:20 -- but it was good enough to improve upon her school record and earn the All-American honors that go to the top eight finishers at nationals.