In honor of the Montana outdoor track and field season's opening day
, the Montana Kaimin
brought its A-game to the track. The goal, besides not looking too stupid, was to help multi-event athlete Lindsey Hall prepare for the heptathlon.
The idea behind the heptathlon is spectacular for someone like me (i.e., not a real competitor). Seven tries at seven different events? There's got to be one in there that I can do well at.
Let's see now, high jump, long jump, hurdles? I can handle that. Javelin, shot put? Check and check. Eight hundred meter run followed by a 200-meter run? Wait. Nobody told me there would be running involved! If I wanted to run, I'd just chase those mile runners around. I guess we'll have to turn this heptathlon (that means seven) into a pentathlon (that means two less than seven).
Luckily, Montana's resident heptathlon expert, Lindsey Hall
, agreed that watching me run laps would be boring and probably too depressing to handle. We can nix that, she said. Now on to the high jump!