Weekly Aggie Update

April 4, 2011

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Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This 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 Competition
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
Wed., April 6 --- UTAH VALLEY (DH), 2 p.m.
Fri., April 8 --- at San Jose State, 4 p.m.
Sat., April 9 --- at San Jose State, (DH), 1 p.m.
• Utah State's softball team (5-30, 0-6) will begin its week by hosting Utah Valley (7-16) in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 6 at 2 p.m., before returning to Western Athletic Conference action with a three-game series at San Jose State (14-23, 1-5) during the weekend. The two teams will play a single game on Friday, April 8 at 5 p.m. (MT), and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 9 beginning at 2 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L, 0-9 (5) --- at Brigham Young
L, 1-3; L, 6-11 --- NEW MEXICO STATE
L, 4-5 (10) --- NEW MEXICO STATE
• Freshman outfielder Krista Bava hit .333 (3-for-9) with three RBI and two runs scored last week as Utah State lost at Brigham Young 9-0 in five innings, and was then swept at home by New Mexico State in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series by scores of 3-1, 11-6 and 5-4 in 10 innings. In Utah State's 11-6 loss to NMSU, Bava went 2-for-3 with two doubles and scored one run. In the series finale, the outfielder hit a three-run homer as she was 1-of-5 at the plate. During the week, Bava had a slugging percentage of .889 and on-base percentage of .333.

Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This 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 Competition
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
Fri., April 8 --- vs. Gonzaga, Moscow, Idaho, 3 p.m.
Sat., April 9 --- at Idaho, 10:30 a.m.
• Utah State's women's tennis team (8-5, 0-3) will travel to Moscow, Idaho this weekend for a pair of matches as it plays Gonzaga on Friday April 8 at 3 p.m. (MT) and then faces Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho on Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. (MT).

Last Week
• Utah State went 0-2 at home last week as it lost a pair of Western Athletic Conference matches to No. 70 Fresno State (6-1) and New Mexico State (5-2). Against the Bulldogs, junior Julie Tukuafu was the only Aggie to score a point as she posted a straight sets win (6-4, 6-4) at No. 5 singles. Tukuafu also teamed with senior Taylor Perry in doubles action for an 8-3 win at the third position. Against NMSU, sophomore Jaclyn West won in straight sets at No. 1 singles (6-4, 6-3), while senior Hailey Swenson won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-2, 7-5). In doubles play, West teamed with sophomore Kristina Voytsekhovich for an 8-4 win at the second position. Other Aggies to compete during the week include juniors Brianna Harris and Romina Nedakovic.

Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Thur.-Sat., April 7-9 --- at Sacramento State Invitational , All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will return to action on Thursday, April 7 when it competes in the Mondo Invite hosted by Sacramento State.

Last Week
NTS --- at Utah Valley Collegiate
NTS --- at Jim Click Shootout, Tucson, Ariz.
NTS --- at New Mexico Invitational
• Utah State men and women's track and field teams split action on Friday April 1, competing at both the Utah Valley Collegiate meet and the Jim Click Shootout Multis in Tucson, Ariz. Overall, USU had 15 athletes finish in the top five of their event with three of them taking first-place. At the Jim Click Shootout, freshman Chari Hawkins and senior Philip Noble participated in the heptathlon and decathlon respectively. Hawkins finished in sixth place with 4,948 pts. giving her the seventh best point total in USU school history and the top spot in the Western Athletic Conference this season. She posted career-best marks in six of the seven events she competed in, most notably taking second in the high jump with a mark of 1.72m (5-07.75) and placing third in the javelin with a throw of 33.52m (110-00.00). Noble finished in the top five in three of the 10 decathlon events including second-place in the 110m (11.20), third in the 400m (50.53) and fifth in the pole vault clearing 4.60m (15-01.00). Noble did not get a final score in the decathlon due to not running in the 1500m. At the Utah Valley Collegiate meet, juniors Kim Quinn and Daniel Howell, along with freshman Daphne Jones each won an event. Quinn shaved off a little more than one second from her personal-best time in the 1500m (4:39.87), while capturing the event. Howell won the 3000m steeplechase event in 9:18.34, just ahead of senior Nick Bolinder (9:57.58) and freshman Jake Barton (10:07.07) in third and fourth, respectively. Jones won her first event as an Aggie as she garnered the top-spot in the long jump with a mark of 5.54m (18-02.00). Jones also finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 10.60m (34-09.25). The Utah State women had four other athletes place in the top five at the UVU Collegiate including junior Ruth Hilton in the 3000m steeplechase placing second with time of 10:59.59. Hilton was joined by senior Alicia Wilkins (11:22.52) and sophomore Kaylee Campbell (11:31.89) who finished in third and fifth respectively in that event. Junior Julia Stewart rounded out the top-five finishers for the USU women taking second in the triple jump with a mark of 11.35m (37-02.75). For the Aggie men freshman Mikey Payne started things off with a third-place finish in the 100m (11.08), while fellow freshman Kyle McKenna ended the day in fourth in the 5000m with a time of 15:21.86. Sophomore Kendale Hamlett also took home a fourth-place accolade as he jumped 6.50m (21-04.00) in the long jump. Tabbing fifth-place spots for the Utah State men were freshman CJ O'Neal in the triple jump with a mark of 13.14m (43-01.25) and sophomore Stephen Peirce in the pole vault clearing 4.30m (14-01.25).

Utah State men and women's track and field teams left Albuquerque, N.M. with 10 event titles and 22 top-three finishes at the Tailwind Invitational hosted by New Mexico. Winning their events for USU women were freshman Kylie Hirschi in the 400m hurdles (1:01.17), junior Spela Hus in the shot put with a throw of 14.23m (46-08.25) and senior Shannon Prince in the discus with a mark of 46.58m (152-10.00). For the Aggie men, senior Armahd Lewis won both the 100m (10.47) and 200m (21.54). With the time in the 100m, Lewis joins fellow senior Mike Pyrtle in a five-way tie for fourth-place in Utah State history in that event. Lewis was also the second leg of the 4x100m (41.01) winning relay team along with freshman Tanner Hunt, sophomore Silas Pimentel and junior Jeff Alley. Also winning titles for the USU men were seniors Jason Holt in the 800m (1:51.18), Eric Larson in the 1500m (3:52.20) and Clint Silcock in the high jump, clearing 2.14m (7-00.25). Junior Joe Canavan won his second shot put title in a row with a throw of 16.74m (54-11.25). Finishing in second-place for the Aggies' on the women's side was senior Ashlee Cannon in the 100m hurdles (13.90), freshman Hannah Williams in the 1500m (4.:42.44), sophomore Bri Campbell in the high jump, clearing 1.68m (5-06.00) and the 4x100m relay team (46.78) which consisted of Cannon, freshman Chari Hawkins and sophomores Aubrie Haymore and Bailee Whitworth. Haymore also finished third in the 200m (24.69), as did senior Alexis Meyer in the 800m (2:15.14) and sophomore Alex Litzsinger in the 1500m (4:44.05). The Utah State men had three second-place finishers, including Pimentel in the 100m (10.65) and seniors Hunter Nelson in the 1500m (3:54.12) and Philip Noble in the pole vault, clearing 4.65m (15-03.00). Senior Mercer Owen tabbed a third-place finish in the 800m (1:53.48) as did sophomore Spencer Hall in the hammer throw with a toss of 45.69m (149-11.00).

Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

Last Week
NTS --- at NCAA Regional, Denver, Colo.
• Utah State's gymnastics team ended its 2011 season last weekend with five individuals competing at the NCAA Regional in Denver, Colo. Senior Jackie Dillon was eighth in the all-around with a score of 38.450 to lead the Aggies. Freshman Rachel Vaske was 12th in the all-around with a score of 38.025, and senior Lyndsie Boone capped off an amazing Utah State career, finishing 14th in the all-around with a score of 37.950. Dillion tied her season high on vault with a 9.775, finishing tied for 23rd. Boone was 39th with a 9.600, while Jones finished 40th with a 9.550. Vaske scored a 9.275 on vault which was good for 42nd. On bars, Simoneau led the Aggies with a 9.800 to tie for 14th. Boone was tied for 19th with a score of 9.775, Vaske finished tied for 34th with a score of 9.650, and Dillon was 34th recording a 9.550. Simoneau led the way for Utah State on beam with a 9.625 which tied her for 27th, just ahead of Boone who was tied for 29th with a score of 9.575. Vaske was 31st with a 9.550, while Dillon finished 34th with a 9.450. On the floor exercise, Dillon led the way, finishing 35th with a 9.675. Vaske was 37th with a 9.550, while Jones was 39th with a 9.425. Boone had her roughest event of the night, finishing in 41st with a 9.000.

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