WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 23, 2015
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Mar. 27 --- at Utah Valley Invitational, All Day
Fri.-Sat., Mar. 27-28 --- at Texas Invitational, All Day
Utah State's outdoor track & field teams will continue its season this weekend as it competes at the Utah Valley Collegiate Invite on Friday, March 27 and at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on Friday and Saturday, March 27-28.
NTS --- at UC Irvine Invitational
Utah State's men and women's track and field teams started the outdoor season in winning fashion by capturing 10 individual event titles as part of 28 top-five finishes at the UC Irvine hosted Spring Break Invitational last weekend. Leading the Aggie women was junior Maci Bingham who won the shot put with a toss of 14.23m (46-08.25), which ranks eighth all-time in school history. Bingham also won the discus with a toss of 49.27m (161-08), which ranks sixth all-time at USU, and placed second in the hammer with a throw of 55.21m (181-02), which ranks eighth all-time in school history. Other Aggie women who won individual titles includes sophomore Mia Estes who won the javelin with a throw of 40.60m (133-02), while fellow sophomore Tori Parkinson won the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:53.16. On the men's side, senior Eric Shellhorn won the 800m and the 5,000m with times of 1:50.92 and 14:30.09, respectively, while freshman Jordan Beutler won the 1,500m with a time of 3:51.30 in his first time competing in that event at the college level. Additionally, sophomore Colby Wilson placed first in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:10.23, while sophomore Devin Wright won the javelin with a throw of 56.84m (186-06), and junior Kevin Allen won the discus with a throw of (51.61m/169-04). Other strong performances by the Aggie women included junior Angela Phillips finishing third in the javelin with a throw of 37.93m (124-05), while freshman Kelsey Yamauchi placed second in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:06.43 and sophomore Joanna Boyd finished fourth with a time of 11:46.30. Freshman Caroline Weiler finished fourth in the 5,000m with a time of 17:39.58 and fifth in the 1,500m with a time of 4:39.78, while senior Melanie Heslop placed third in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.62m (175-11). Freshman Olivia Moriconi finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 44.60m (146-04) and freshman Stephanie Crapse finished fifth in the javelin with a toss of 36.36m (119-03). Other top-five performances for the Aggie men included sophomore Brett McAdams finishing third in the 1,500m with a time of 3:52.79, freshman Zach Cottrell placed second in the hammer throw with a toss of 40.34m (132-04) and freshman David Hirschmann placed third in the discus with a throw of 47.97m (157-04) along with tying for fourth in the shot put with a toss of 15.48m (50-09.50). Freshman Sander Brouwers placed third in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:27.64 and junior Jacob Barton finished fifth with a time of 9:51.09, while junior Tom Derr finished fifth in the 5,000m posting a time of 14:45.78.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., April 4 --- at NCAA Regionals, TBA
Utah State gymnastics (10-11, 2-7) continues its 2015 season next weekend as it competes in the NCAA Regionals at a site to be determined.
4th, 195.125 --- at Mountain Rim Championships, Denver, Colo.
Utah State finished fourth at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Championship last weekend with a team score of 195.125 made up of a 48.900 on vault, a 48.625 on bars, a 48.825 on beam and a 48.775 on floor. Boise State won the championship with a 196.625, Southern Utah took second with a 196.275, host Denver placed third with a 196.075, while BYU took fifth with a 194.225. Senior Sarah Landes and junior McKinzey Martinez both earned second-team all-MRGC honors in the all-around, as Landes finished fourth with a 38.900 (vault: 9.700, bars: 9.700, beam: 9.750, floor: 9.750) and Martinez finished fifth with a 38.425 (vault: 9.825, bars: 9.700, beam: 9.175, floor: 9.725). Junior Miranda Kerr earned second-team all-MRGC honors on vault, as she finished tied for fourth with a 9.850.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Mar. 25 --- IDAHO STATE, 2 p.m.
Fri., Mar. 27 --- at Nevada, 4 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Mar. 28 --- at Nevada, 12 p.m. (MT)
Sun., Mar. 29 --- at Nevada, 1 p.m. (MT)
Utah State's softball team (9-19, 1-2) continues its 2015 season this week with a non-conference home game against Idaho State (16-13) on Wednesday, March 25 at 2 p.m., before play at Nevada (10-19, 0-0) in a three-game Mountain West series over the weekend. The two teams will play single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 27-29 at 4 p.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. (MT), respectively.
W, 7-3; L, 7-9 --- at Southern Utah
W, 4-0 --- NEW MEXICO
L, 7-8 --- NEW MEXICO
L, 2-12 (6) --- NEW MEXICO
Senior outfielder Hailey Froton helped Utah State to a 2-3 record last week as it split a double-header at Southern Utah (W 7-3, L 7-9) and posted a 1-2 Mountain West home record against New Mexico (W 4-0, L 7-8, L 2-12). In the first game against the Thunderbirds, Froton was 2-of-4 at the plate with a double as she scored one run and had three RBI. In game two against SUU, she was 3-of-4 at the plate with a home run as she scored one run and had two RBI. In the first game against UNM, Froton was 1-of-3 at the plate with a triple and one RBI. She then went 2-of-4 at the plate in game two of the series with one RBI. And in the series finale, she was 2-of-3 at the plate with a double as she scored one run and had one RBI. For the week, Froton hit .556 (10-of-18) with eight RBI and four runs scored as she had two doubles, one triple and one home run. She also had two putouts defensively during the week.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., Mar. 27 --- WYOMING, 11 a.m.
Sun., Mar. 29 --- COLORADO STATE, 10 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis (10-6, 0-0) continues its 2015 spring season this weekend with a pair of Mountain West matches as it hosts Wyoming on Friday, March 27 at 11 a.m. and Colorado State on Sunday, March 29 at 10 a.m.
L, 1-6 --- at Utah
Utah State lost its only match last week, falling on the road to Utah, 6-1. USU took the doubles point as senior McKenzie Davis and freshman Maggie O'Meara won at the second position (6-1) and sophomore Nini Guensler and freshman Sabrina Demerath won at the third position (7-5). Also competing for the Aggies last week was junior Kallie Sperry, sophomore Lexi Turley and freshman Meghan Lyall.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sun., Mar. 29 --- at UNLV, 11 a.m. (MT)
Utah State men's tennis (14-6, 2-0) continues its 2015 spring season this week with a Mountain West match at UNLV on Sunday, March 29 at 11 a.m. (MT).
L, 3-4 --- No. 59 SAN FRANCISCO
Utah State lost its only match last week, falling at home to No. 59 San Francisco, 4-3. USU lost the doubles point against the Dons. In singles, senior Marcus Fritz won his match at the No. 4 spot when his opponent retired. Freshman Jaime Barajas won at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 7-6) and sophomore Sebastian Schneider won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 6-0). Also competing for the Aggies last week was senior Matt Sweet and sophomores Dennis Baumgartner, Jack Swindells and Karan Salwan.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., Mar. 23-24 --- at Cal Poly Match Play, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will continue its 2015 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, Mar. 23-24 at the Cal Poly Match Play Tournament held at the Cypress Ridge Golf Course in Arroyo Grande, Calif.
5th/13 --- at Southern Utah Invitational
Utah State placed fifth as a team with an even par 576 (284-292) at the Southern Utah hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational held in St. George, Utah last week. For USU, its fifth-place finish marks the third time in six tournaments this year it has recorded a top-five placing and USU has now finished in the top 10 of every tournament it has competed in this season. Senior Grahm Schmaltz concluded his best-ever collegiate tournament with a 7-under 137 (69-68) to finish second individually. Schmaltz tied his collegiate-low round with a 4-under 68 during his final 18 holes and posted his best-ever tournament finish with his second-place showing, bettering his 11th-place finish at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational last fall. Schmaltz, who had a pair of rounds in the 60s during the tournament, entered the tournament with just two career rounds under 70. Joining Schmaltz on the leaderboard for USU was junior Seokwon Jeon who tied for 24th-place with a 2-over 146 (73-73) and sophomore McCoy Willey who also tied for 24th-place with a 2-over 146 (67-79). Willey began the tournament with a collegiate-low 5-under 67 during his first 18 holes. Other Aggies who competed in the tournament include senior Zach Waxler who tied for 42nd-place with a 5-over 149 (77-72) and junior Brennan Coburn who tied for 70th-place with a 13-over 157 (75-82). Sophomore Eli Rogers also competed for USU as an individual and tied for 42nd-place with a 5-over 149 (77-72).
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