Posted: Mar 1, 2013 11:43 AM by Ted Dawson
Updated: Mar 1, 2013 11:52 AM
BOZEMAN - This week's outstanding Athlete of the Week could be called a super hero.
It's Montana State's Jeff Mohl.
The Red Lodge senior has coupled last spring's Big Sky decathlon championship with this season's indoor heptathlon title to get good. It takes a life of dedication and excelling in 10 track and field disciplines.
"It's kind of fun, like enjoyable for me to do something like track where when I'm getting better I can see exactly how much better I'm getting and I can see the results of all my work in just numbers, so it's kind of nice," Mohl said.
Mohl came to MSU as a walk-on.
"I'm really proud that I've gotten up to this level. I came in, walk on, wasn't good enough to pole vault, which is what I really wanted to do and now I'm competing at a national level. I think that's pretty exciting," he said.
You won't be seeing Mohl for awhile. He plans to redshirt this outdoor season and next year's indoor season, so that he can go full out next spring in the decathlon.
"It's actually easier to train when you're not competing all the time because you don't have to worry about your marks in meets. So, I think it will be really nice and I'm doing some open meets and stuff like that so I'll have a few competitions to keep me interested, but I think that it will be really good to not get so worn out from competing so often," he said.
For the team high 24 points, Mohl scored in this past weekend's Big Sky Indoor Track and Field Championships, Mohl is this week's Athlete of the Week.
"The things you learn in track really apply to everything you do in life. It's just more obvious in track because you're really on your own in every event. Everything you do just comes down to giving the best you can and that's kind of a good lesson to learn I guess because even though you always have people helping you. It's really going to be you who has to perform at whatever level you want to be at. So I think that will help me a lot," he said.