Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's winter and spring sports continue this week with gymnastics, softball, men and women's tennis, and men and women's outdoor track & field all in action.

March 31, 2014

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 31, 2014

GYMNASTICS
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., April 5 --- at NCAA Regionals, Fayetteville, Ark., 3 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State gymnastics (10-12) continues its 2014 season this weekend at NCAA Regionals in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, April 5 at 3 p.m. USU, who is the fifth-seed, is competing at regionals as a team for the first time since 2007.

Last Competition
5th, 196.075 --- at Mountain Rim Championships, Provo, Utah
• With the best team performance of the 2014 season, Utah State gymnastics notched a 196.075 to finish fifth at the inaugural Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championships at BYU last weekend. The 196.075 is the fifth-best team score in program history and its highest score since 2003. Utah State notched a 49.150 on vault, a 49.125 on bars, a 48.625 on beam and a 49.175 on floor. Aggie senior Paige Jones earned all-conference accolades for all three of her performances as she earned first-team all-conference honors on both the bars and floor as she tied for third on both events with a 9.875 and 9.900, respectively. She also earned second-team all-conference accolades on the vault as she placed fourth with a 9.900. Sophomore Michelle Yasukochi received a second-team nod on beam, tying for fifth-place with a 9.825. Junior Sarah Landes was recognized for her floor and all-around performances, being named to the second-team on both with scores of 9.875 and 39.225, respectively. And freshman Bailey McIntire also received second-team accolades on floor with her 9.875.

MEN'S GOLF
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Next Week
Mon.-Tues., April 7-8 --- at Wyoming Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz., All Day
• Utah State men's golf will continue its 2014 spring season on Monday and Tuesday, April 7-8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the Wyoming hosted Cowboy Classic.

Last Competition
4th/15 --- at South Dakota State Invitational, Primm, Nev.
• Utah State finished in fourth-place out of 15 teams with a 34-over 898 (296-290-312) at the South Dakota State hosted Jackrabbit Invitational in its last competition. On the season, Utah State has now competed in eight tournaments and has recorded seven top-10 finishes, including five top-five places. Sophomore Seokwon Jeon tied for 14th-place with a 5-over par 221 (73-67-81), senior Tanner Higham tied for 23rd-place with a 9-over 225 (72-75-78), senior Grahm Schmaltz tied for 29th-place with a 10-over 226 (74-74-78), freshman Braxton Miller tied for 35th-place with a 12-over 228 (77-74-77) and sophomore Reed Platke tied for 63rd-place with a 21-over 237 (77-81-79).

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Sat., April 5 --- at Boise State, 10 a.m.
Sun., April 6 --- vs. Middle Tennessee, Boise, ID, 11 a.m.
Utah State men's tennis (9-8, 0-1) will continue its 2014 season this weekend with a pair of matches in Boise, Idaho as it plays at Boise State on Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m., and against Middle Tennessee on Sunday April 6 at 11 a.m.

Last Week
W, 5-2--- at Weber State
• Utah State posted a 1-0 record last week with a 5-2 win at Weber State. Against the Wildcats, freshman Dennis Baumgartner posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-3), junior Marcus Fritz won in straight sets a No. 3 singles (6-3, 7-5), junior Matt Sweet won in straight sets at No. 4 singles (6-3, 7-5), and freshman Sebastian Schneider won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (7-6, 6-3). USU also won the doubles point as Baumgartner and Fritz notched an 8-7 win at the first position, while seniors Fredrik Peterson and Andrew Whiting posted an 8-4 win at the second position.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Thur., April 3 --- MONTANA, 11 a.m.
Sun., April 6 --- NORTHERN ARIZONA, 5 p.m.
• Utah State women's tennis (10-8, 0-4) will continue its 2014 season this week with two home matches as it hosts Montana on Thursday, April 3 at 11 a.m., and Northern Arizona on Sunday, April 6 at 5 p.m.

Last Week
W, 5-2 --- MONTANA STATE
L, 2-5 --- AIR FORCE
L, 1-6 --- NEW MEXICO
• Utah State posted a 1-2 home record last week with a 5-2 win against Montana State, a 5-2 loss to Air Force, and a 6-1 loss to New Mexico. Against the Bobcats, junior McKenzie Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-3, 6-4), sophomore Kallie Sperry won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-1), freshman Lexi Turley won in straight sets at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-1), and freshman Cassidy Branstine won in straight sets at No 6 singles (6-2, 6-4). USU also claimed the doubles point as Davis and Sperry combined for an 8-3 win at the first position, while freshman Katie Sweet teamed up with sophomore Amber Stuhlmann for an 8-6 win at the third position. Against the Falcons, Davis posted a three-sets win at No. 1 singles (4-6, 6-4, 6-0) for USU's only singles victory. The Aggies also claimed the doubles point as Davis and Sperry notched an 8-4 win at the first position, while Sweet and Stuhlmann recorded an 8-5 win at the third position. Against the Lobos, Davis won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-4).

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584

This Week
Fri.-Sat., April 4-5 --- at Stanford Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's track & field teams will continue its 2014 outdoor season this weekend as it travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.

Last Week
NTS --- at Texas Relays
NTS --- at Utah Valley Collegiate
• Utah State's women's track & field team collected four event titles and the Aggie men chipped in another three to pace both teams at the Utah Valley Collegiate Invitational last weekend. Utah State's sprinters also had a strong performance over the weekend at one of the largest meets in the nation, the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. At the UVU Collegiate Invitational, junior Rachel Orr grabbed the top spot in the high jump with a career-best leap of 1.80m (5-10.75), good for second-best in school history. Senior Kaylee Hartshorn placed first in the javelin with a career-best throw of 46.22m (151-07), ranking fourth in school history. Junior Melanie Heslop finished first in the hammer throw with a career-best distance of 58.76m (192-09), placing sixth in school history. Rounding out the event winners for the Aggie women was senior Chalese West, who won the 200m with a time of 25.11. Senior Keeley Eldredge finished just behind Heslop in the hammer throw, taking second with a distance of 54.36 (178-04). In addition to her title in the 200m, West placed third in the 400m with a time of 57.09. Senior Kylie Ross garnered third in the 400m hurdles, finishing in 1:01.26. Freshman Karlee Deeter also earned a third-place finish, crossing the finish line in the 1,500m in 4:51.06. In the pole vault, freshman Morgan Monks took the third spot with a vault of 3.64m (11-11.25). On the men's side, sophomore Kevin Allen earned his second consecutive title in the discus with a throw of 52.64m (172-08). Senior Bryce Hall finished first in the hammer throw, recording a distance of 54.71m (179-06). Fellow senior Kenny Hamlett was the other event winner for the Aggie men, taking the triple jump with a leap of 14.37m (47-01.75). Senior Kyle McKenna placed second in the 1,500m with a time of 3:58.59, with freshman Colby Wilson finishing right behind for third (3:59.24). Junior Travis Johnson finished directly behind Hamlett in the triple jump for second place (14.06m/46-01.50) and Bryce Hall had the second-furthest throw in the discus behind Allen, recording a mark of 50.20m (164-08). Junior Michael Cardinal placed third in the shot put with a toss of 15.62m (51-03.00), while junior CJ O'Neal finished third in the long jump (21-01.00). At the Texas Relays, Utah State's men's 4x100m relay team (Jacob Bautista Jr., Nic Bowens, Silas Pimentel and Cole Lambourne) led the way with a 12th-place finish in the preliminaries with a time of 40.60. Junior Nic Bowens was the top individual performer for USU, placing 33rd in the 100m prelims with a time of 10.63. The Aggie women's 4x100m team (Brittany Rawlins, Bailee Whitworth, Cree Taylor, Chari Hawkins) took 36th in the preliminaries with a time of 48.26. Junior Chari Hawkins led all individuals for the Aggie women, placing 47th in the 100m hurdles prelims (14.24).

SOFTBALL
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Tues., April 1 --- UTAH VALLEY, 4 p.m.
Wed., April 2 --- at BYU, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 4 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 3 p.m.
Sat., April 5 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 1 p.m.
Sun., April 6 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 1 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (13-17, 3-3) will continue its 2014 season this week with five games. USU will begin the week with a home game against Utah Valley (10-19) on Tuesday, April 1 at 4 p.m., followed by a road game at BYU (13-19) on Wednesday, April 2 at 4 p.m. USU will then host San José State (19-14, 2-1) in a three-game Mountain West series over the weekend with single games on Friday, April 4 at 3 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 at 1 p.m.

Last Week
L, 1-4 --- vs. Southern Utah, Provo, UT
L, 0-6 --- at Fresno State
L, 0-8 (5) --- at Fresno State
L, 3-4 --- at Fresno State
• Junior shortstop/catcher Jolene Koons hit .455 last week in four games as Utah State lost a neutral site game to Southern Utah, 4-1, and dropped all three games in a Mountain West series at Fresno State by scores of 6-0, 8-0 (5) and 4-3. Against the Thunderbirds, Koons went 2-for-3 at the plate, followed by a 1-for-3 performance against the Bulldogs in game one. In the series finale against FS, Koons went 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple and one run batted in. For the week, Koons hit safely in three of USU's four games and finished with a .455 hitting percentage (5-11) and a .636 slugging percentage.

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