Weekly Aggie Update

March 28, 2011

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., April 4-5 --- at Wyoming Cowboy Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Utah State's men's golf team will return to action on Monday, April 4 when it travels to Scottsdale, Ariz., to compete in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.

Last Week
T7th/8 --- at Cal Poly Intercollegiate
• Utah State finished tied for seventh-place at the Cal Poly Intercollegiate with a 61-over par 637 (334-303). Junior Chanse Godderidge shot a final round 73 to finish tied for 10th with a 5-over par 149 (76-73) for his second-career top 10 collegiate finish. Sophomore Brendan Dennis shot an even par 72 during his final round to finish 24th with an 11-over 155 (83-72). Senior Benjamin Schilleman and junior Austin French tied for 35th at 23-over 167 as Schilleman had rounds of 87 and 80, while French shot an 88 Thursday and a 79 Friday. Senior Tyson McFarland was USU's fifth finisher placing 38th with a 24-over 168 (89-79).

Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Tues., Mar. 29 --- at Brigham Young, 3 p.m.
Fri., April 1 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 3 p.m.
Sat., April 2 --- NEW MEXICO STATE (DH), 12 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-26, 0-3) will begin its week with a single game at Brigham Young (16-14) on Tuesday, March 29 at 3 p.m., followed by its first home games of the season as it hosts New Mexico State (22-10, 3-0) in Western Athletic Conference action. The two teams will play a single game on Friday, April 1 at 3 p.m., and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2 beginning at 12 p.m.

Last Week
Postponed --- at Weber State
L, 2-5 --- at #21 Hawai'i
L, 0-8 (6); L, 0-2 --- at #21 Hawai'i
• Sophomore pitcher Mandy Harmon (Las Vegas, Nev.) started two of Utah State's three games at No. 21 Hawai'i last weekend, as USU lost all three contests by scores of 5-2, 8-0 (6) and 2-0. Harmon tied a career high with seven strikeouts in the series opener and then pitched 2.2 innings, allowing no runs and striking out three in the final game of the series. For the week, Harmon had a 0-1 record with a 4.38 ERA, allowing five earned runs and striking out 10.

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

Next Week
Fri., April 8 --- at Idaho, 3 p.m.
Sat., April 9 --- vs. Hawai'i, Moscow, Idaho, 10 a.m.
Sat., April 9 --- vs. Fresno State, Moscow, Idaho, 5 p.m.
• Utah State's men's tennis team (11-6, 2-1) will return to action on Friday, April 8 when it travels to Moscow, Idaho for three Western Athletic Conference matches. USU will play Idaho on Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m. (MT), followed by matches against Hawai'i and Fresno State on Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (MT), respectively.

Last Week
W, 5-2 --- WEBER STATE
• Utah State defeated Weber State, 5-2, in its only match last week. In singles play, senior Jakob Asplund won at the No. 2 spot (5-7, 6-1, 7-5), senior Bryan Marchant won at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 6-1), senior Alex Thatcher won at the No. 5 spot (3-6, 6-4, 6-1), and senior Nikita Ryashchenko won at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 7-5). In doubles play, Marchant teamed with sophomore Sven Poslusny for an 8-5 win at the first position. Thatcher teamed with freshman Fredrik Peterson for an 8-4 win at the second position, and Asplund teamed with Ryashchenko for an 8-5 win at the third position.

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Thur., Mar. 31 --- FRESNO STATE, 10 a.m.
Sat., April 2 --- NEW MEXICO STATE, 10 a.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (8-3, 0-1) will play a pair of Western Athletic Conference matches this week as it hosts Fresno State on Thursday, March 31 and New Mexico State on Saturday, April 2 with both matches beginning at 10 a.m., at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club.

Last Week
Postponed --- at San Francisco
Postponed --- at San Jose State
• Utah State was scheduled to play a pair of matches in California last week at San Francisco and at Western Athletic Conference foe San Jose State, but both matches were postponed due to inclement weather.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Fri.-Sat., April 1-2 --- at New Mexico Invitational , All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will return to action on Friday, April 1 when it competes in the New Mexico Invitational.

Last Competition
NTS --- at Arizona Classic
• Utah State track and field began their outdoor season on Friday in Tucson, Ariz., at the University of Arizona Willie Williams Classic and Dave Murray Distance Carnival at Roy P. Drachman Stadium. Seniors Clint Silcock and Eric Larson along with juniors Ruth Hilton and Daniel Howell led the Aggies by capturing their event on the first day of competition. USU had a total of 18 athletes tab top-five finishes. Silcock won his seventh high jump event on the year and first of the outdoor season as he cleared 2.11m (6-11.00), while Larson broke the tape in the 1500m with a time of 3:51.84, just ahead of fellow senior Hunter Nelson (3:52.97). Hilton and Howell each won their respective women's and men's 3000m steeplechase races, crossing the finishing line with times of 10:46.12 and 9:16.51, respectively. Howell also led a one-two-three finish in the event with juniors Steven Atkinson (9:28.38) and Aaron Clements (9:28.57). Placing in the top five for the USU women were freshman Kylie Hirschi, who captured second-place in the 400m hurdles (1:02.35), while junior Kim Quinn and freshman Hannah Williams took home third and fourth-places with their career-best times in the 1500m with times of 4:40.88 and 4:41.92, respectively. Rounding out the top five award winners for the Aggie women were a collection of fifth-place finishers in sophomore Kaylee Campbell in the 5000m (18:33.93), freshman Chari Hawkins in the javelin with a throw of 35.72m (117-02.00) and junior Spela Hus in the shot put with a mark of 14.64m (48-00.50). For the men, finishing in second-place of their events was junior Jeff Alley in the 200m with his career-best time of 21.46, freshman Jake Peterson in the 400m hurdles (56.32) and junior Brian McKenna in the 5000m (14:43.12). Sophomore Spencer Hall finished fourth and fifth in the discus and hammer throw events with marks of 48.50m (159-01.00) and 51.42m (168-08.00), respectively. On Saturday, sophomores Bri Campbell and Amber Thompson, along with junior Joe Canavan and senior Jason Holt each won their respective events in the final day of competition at the Willie Williams Classic and Dave Murray Distance Carnival. Campbell won the high jump event matching her career-best mark of 1.65m (5-05.00), followed by junior Madison Jensen who tied for third in the same event with a height of 1.60m (5-03.00). Thompson won the pole vault competition with a new career-best mark, clearing the bar at 3.55m (11-07.75) as junior Rachelle St. Jeor was close behind with a mark of 3.25m (10-08.00). Canavan, who redshirted the indoor season, returned to outdoor action with a bang by winning the shot put with a throw of 17.59m (57-08.50) and Holt took home the top spot in the 800m (1:52.74). USU had 18 athletes finish in the top five of their event for the second-straight day, matching Friday's total. Senior Ashlee Cannon and freshman Chari Hawkins ended the day in second and fifth-place in the 100m hurdles with times of 14.33 and 14.77, respectively. Junior Katelyn Heiner tabbed third-place in the 400m (55.54) with sophomore Aubrie Haymore trailing just behind in fourth with a time of 55.85. Senior Shannon Prince took fifth in the discus with a throw of 47.62m (156-03.00), while the Aggie women's 4x100m relay team took fourth-place with a time of 47.87. The relay team consisted of Cannon, freshman Lauren Hoskie along with sophomores Mercedes Blackwood and Bailee Whitworth. For the men, junior John Johnson collected second-place accolades after clearing 4.92m (16-01.75) in the pole vault with fellow junior Max Hansen tying for fifth-place with a height of 4.17m (13-08.25). Seniors Eric Larson and Mercer Owen ended the day in third and fifth-places in the 800m with respective times of 1:53.76 and 1:54.52. Collecting a third-place finish for the Utah State men was freshman Jake Peterson in the 110m hurdles (15.30), while senior Armahd Lewis and freshman Tanner Hunt placed fourth in the 100m (10.63) and 400m (48.40).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

This Week
Sat., April 2 --- at NCAA Regionals, Denver, Colo., 6 p.m.
• Utah State's gymnastics team (3-18, 1-4) will return to action on Saturday, April 2 at the NCAA Regional in Denver, Colo., at 6 p.m. Seniors Jackie Dillon and Lyndsie Boone along with freshman Rachel Vaske were selected in the all-around, while junior Nicole Simoneau qualified on both bars and beam, and freshman Paige Jones qualified on both vault and floor. Junior Rebecca Holliday was named the alternate on bars while freshman Cammi Muhr was the floor alternate.

Last Competition
5th, 191.850 --- at WAC Championships, San Jose, Calif.
• Utah State finished fifth at the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Gymnastics Championships Saturday at the San Jose Event Center, scoring a 191.850. Boise State won its third WAC title in the last four years, totaling a 195.700. Southern Utah, last year's champion, was second with a 194.825, while host San Jose State was third with a 193.925 total. Sacramento State scored a 193.550 to finish fourth, followed by USU's 191.850 and Cal State Fullerton was sixth with a 191.650. The Aggies scored a 47.750 on vault, a 48.475 on bars, a 47.175 on beam and a 48.450 on floor for a total of 191.850. Senior Jackie Dillon tied for seventh in the all-around with a 38.600, her fifth score this season of at least a 38.500. Freshman Rachel Vaske was ninth with a 38.250 and senior Lyndsie Boone was 11th with a 38.100. Dillon was USU's top finisher on floor, tying for eighth with a 9.800, as well as tying for 10th on bars with a 9.750. Junior Haley Hogan was the top Aggie on beam with a 9.675 and freshman Paige Jones was USU's top vaulter, scoring a 9.725 to tie for 15th.

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