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McLeod wins Big Sky Women’s Indoor Pentathlon Championship

McLeod wins Big Sky Women\'s Indoor Pentathlon Championship

The 2016 Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships kicked off at Montana State on Thursday, but the first athlete to capture an individual title at the meet competes for rival Montana.

Sophomore multi-event athlete Erika McLeod won the women’s indoor pentathlon with a total of 3,882 points. The Butte native and 2014 Gatorade Montana Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year finished fifth in better in four of the five events, including wins in the long jump and 800 meter run.

“It’s real exciting,” McLeod said. “I wish I had bigger words to explain it, because it’s a cool feeling. A whole lot of hard work goes into it, and I mean, I think the best part is just knowing that it all pays off.”

Montana junior Nicole Stroot finished in fourth place with 3,668 points and fellow Lady Griz athlete Lakyn Connors finished in tenth with 3,289 points.

Montana State senior Danielle Rider finished in second place with 3,884 points and teammate Jessica Chrisp finished in sixth place with 3,601 points.

Rider had the overall lead heading into the 800 meter run, which was the final event. McLeod was in second place and trailed by 130 points.

Rider had the overall lead heading into the 800 meter run, which was the final event. McLeod was in second place and trailed by 130 points.

McLeod and her coaches figured that she needed to finish nine seconds ahead of Rider in order to make up the difference, and would need to run a time of around 2:15 in order to do that. She started further inside than Rider, and took advantage of that position to get out to the fast start she needed.

Then lap after lap, McLeod continued to run at a torrid pace and widened the gap. She won the race with a time of 2:14.58, while Rider finished fifth almost 13 seconds behind.

That time gap was good enough to win McLeod the conference championship in the pentathlon by just 38 points. As she crossed the finish line, the former Butte High standout was able to let out a smile, even though she wasn’t totally certain of her victory.[…]

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