Weekly Aggie Update
March 23, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 23, 2009>
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2009 spring season this week as it travels to Arroyo Grande, Calif., to compete in the Cal Poly Intercollegiate beginning on Thursday, March 26.
Utah State finished in 15th-place out of 18 teams at the Braveheart Classic hosted by UC Riverside as the Aggies finished the two-day, 54-hole tournament with a 61-over par 925 (310-319-296). Sophomore Tyson McFarland led Utah State as he tied for 47th with a 12-over par 228 (78-76-74). Senior Tyler Labrum was Utah State's next top finisher as he tied for 60th with a 16-over 232 (77-82-73), while fellow senior Devin Daniels tied for 63rd with a 17-over 233 (76-83-74). Labrum carded the Aggies best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a one-over 73. Junior Thad Truman and senior Toph Peterson also competed for USU and finished tied for 75th and 92nd respectively, with scores of 236 and 243.
Utah State's gymnastics team (1-19, 0-9) will send several of its athletes to Iowa City, Iowa to compete in the NCAA Regional Championships on Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. (MT).
Utah State finished sixth at the Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships last weekend at Sacramento, Calif. Boise State successfully defended its crown, repeating as conference champions with a 196.525, followed by host Sacramento State with a 195.350 for second. Southern Utah was third with a 195.175, while San Jose State was fourth at 194.875 and Cal State Fullerton had a 192.975 for fifth. Utah State was sixth with a 192.425. The Aggies notched a 47.925 on vault, 48.375 on bars, 48.150 on beam, and 47.975 on floor for the 192.425 final score, USU's fifth-best score this season. The 48.150 on beam was No. 3 on the Aggies' bests list of the year. Senior Nicki Felley earned second-team all-WAC honors by finishing third in the all-around with a 38.700, while sophomore Lyndsie Boone was ninth in the all-around at 37.450. Sophomore Nicole Simoneau earned second-team all-WAC accolades on both beam and bars by finishing fifth on each apparatus as she notched a career-high 9.825 on beam, while registering a 9.850 on bars.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Utah State's men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will take the week off before returning to action next weekend as USU will split its squad and compete at both the Oregon Invitational and the BYU Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Utah State men's and women's track and field teams had five regional qualifiers at the Willie Williams Classic hosted by the University of Arizona last weekend. In the first outdoor meet of the season, freshman Spela Hus, sophomores Clint Silcock and Sonia Grabowska, and seniors Nick Karren and Kirsta Larson all had regional qualifying performances. Silcock won the high jump by clearing 6-10.75 (2.10m), a regional qualifying height. Last week he earned All-American honors in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Also posting an NCAA regional qualifying mark for the Aggie men was Karren in the 400m hurdles clocking in at 50.78, which is a new WAC-best time. Karren also won the 400m, breaking the tape in 47.67. Hus placed second in the women's shot put with a distance of 48-05.25 (14.76m), while Larson took first in the hammer throw at 183-06.00 (55.94m), and now leads the WAC in that event. Grabowska also qualified for regionals by winning the pole vault at 13-3.50 (4.05m) to lead the WAC. Sophomore Erin Stratton won the women's 1,500m and set a new PR with a time of 4:34.55. Sophomore Elaine Connolly placed third in the 800m with a new PR of 2:12.96, and senior Katie Thatcher finished second in the 400m hurdles at 1:01.46. Freshman Julia Stewart took third in the triple jump with a height of 35-03.75 (10.75m). On the men's side sophomore Brian McKenna finished third in the 5,000m for the Aggies at 14:50.08, which is also a new PR, and senior Blake Hadfield took second in the long jump with a distance of 22-03.00 (6.78m).
Utah State's softball team (6-19, 0-3) will begin its week with a single game at Utah on Wednesday at 4 p.m., and then travel to California for a three-game WAC series with San Jose State on Friday and Saturday.
Utah State was swept at home by Boise State last weekend in both teams Western Athletic Conference series opener. Junior catcher Simone Hubbard led the Aggies as she hit .625 in the series. In the first game on Friday, Hubbard went 1-for-2 in a 2-0 loss to the Broncos. In the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, Hubbard went 2-for-3 with one RBI in USU's 12-6 loss. And in the finale, Hubbard went 2-for-3 with another RBI as the Aggies dropped the last game 7-3. On the week, Hubbard went 5-for-8 with one double and two RBI.
Utah State's men's tennis team (7-5) will have two matches this week as it plays at Weber State on Tuesday at Noon and hosts Montana State on Sunday at 10 a.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
Utah State went 1-1 in its last competition as it swept Seattle University, 7-0, and lost to Portland State, 4-3, in a pair of matches in Portland, Ore. Against Seattle, junior Amit Maharaj played at the number one singles position for the first time this season and won, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Brandon Nielsen and junior Matt Searle both took the court for the first time this spring and both won their number five and six matches, respectively. The Aggies finished off the shutout taking the doubles point, winning at all three spots. Against Portland State the Aggies started out by taking the doubles point, winning at all three spots giving them a 1-0 lead going into singles. USU went on to win at the number five and six singles spots. Junior Alex Thatcher won at the number five spot, 7-6, 6-4, while freshman Jordan Barlow won, 7-5, 6-0, against PSU's Alex Hart at the number six position.
Utah State's women's tennis team (3-12) will play one match this week as it hosts Wyoming on Thursday at 1 p.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.
Utah State went 0-3 last week as it lost at home to Houston, 6-1, and then lost a pair of matches in Bozeman, Mont., to Montana State, 6-1, and Montana, 5-2. Against the Cougars, sophomore Hailey Swenson scored USU's only point with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles. Versus the Bobcats, freshman Monica Abella notched a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 3 singles. And against the Grizzlies, Swenson recorded her second win of the week at No. 1 singles with a 6-7, 7-6, 1-0 win ,while junior Britney Watts posted a 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 win at No. 6 singles.