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University of Montana freshman Lindsey Hall finished the first day of the heptathlon in second place at the Big Sky Conference championships in Ogden, Utah, on Wednesday.

Montana seniors Megan Betz (fifth) and Amber Aikins (ninth) are also in the top 10.

Hall ran a season-best 14.05 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles and had another season-best effort in the high jump (5-7.25).

Idaho State's Cassie Merkley, the 2008 heptathlon champion, finished fourth in the hurdles (14.18) and tied for third in the high jump (5-5). The fifth-year senior, as expected, took the overall lead by dominating the shot put, finishing more than four feet better than anyone else (43-5.25).

Hall's season-best throw of 33-1.75 was good for 10th overall.

Merkley (26.07) and Hall (26.38) finished fourth and fifth in the 200 meters to wrap up day one's events.

Merkley will go into day two with 3,282 points. Hall has 3,138 points, while Portland State sophomore Joenisha Vinson is third (3,052).

The heptathlon wraps up Thursday with the long jump, javelin and 800.

In the men's decathlon, Montana's threesome sits between ninth and 13th after five of 10 events.

Junior Evan Stokken is in ninth place with 3,299 points, freshman Seth Wright is 10th (3,297) and senior Michael Blanchard is 13th (3,250).

Stokken and Wright are both within just 24 points of Montana State freshman Jeff Mohl, who sits in seventh with 3,321 points.

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