LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 4, 2016
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Sat., April 9 --- at UCLA Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will continue its 2016 season this weekend at the UCLA-hosted Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational on Saturday, April 9.
NTS --- at Texas Relays
NTS --- at Stanford Invitational
NTS --- at San Francisco State Invitational
NTS --- at Utah Valley Invitational
• Utah State track & field sent over 80 athletes to three states and four meets last weekend as 11 of those athletes participated in the prestigious Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, which took place on Friday and Saturday in Austin, Texas. USU’s men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams both advanced to the finals in their respective events. The 4x100m relay team of seniors Nic Bowens, Parker Bluth and Cole Lambourne, along with sophomore Brady Martin, finished fifth with a time of 40.45, which ranks seventh all-time in USU history. The 4x400m team made up of Lambourne, Bluth, Martin and senior Tanner Hunt placed sixth, clocking a time of 3:08.46. On the women’s side, senior Kaitlyn Wilcox, junior Brittany Rawlins, sophomore Breann Bate and freshman Whitney Wilcox finished 26th in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:54.35 in the preliminaries. A portion of Utah State’s track & field teams competed at the Stanford Invitational on Friday and Saturday. It was there that freshman Kashley Carter broke the school record in the 5,000m by 20 seconds with a time of 16:23.94, placing her third at the meet. Maci Bingham, a senior, nearly added another school record at the Stanford Invitational by placing second in the hammer throw with a toss of 61.94m (203-2), finishing just behind the school-record mark of 61.99. Bingham also recorded a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 14.49m (47-06.50) and an eighth-place finish in the discus with a distance of 49.66m (162-11). Senior Kevin Allen highlighted the Aggie men in the field events at the Stanford Invitational by finishing second in the discus with a mark of 53.61m (175-11). Sophomore Dillon Maggard also paced the Aggies on the track by placing 16th in the 5,000m with a time of 14:15.86, sixth-best all-time in school history. A small squad of Aggie distance runners also competed at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival on Friday. Junior Jacqueline Winterton placed fifth at the meet in the 10,000m with a time of 35:47.56, which ranks second all-time in USU history. Jordan Beutler, a sophomore, spurred on the men’s effort by crossing the line fifth in the 800m with a time of 1:51.25. The remainder of USU’s tracksters stayed local and attended the Utah Valley Invitational on Friday. Highlights from the UVU invitational included a first-place finish by junior Shelby Jordan in the shot put (13.54m/44.5.25) and a third-place finish by fellow junior Landon Watts in the 400m (49.05).
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., April 8 --- NEVADA, 2 p.m.
Sun., April 10 --- FRESNO STATE, 2 p.m.
• Utah State men’s tennis (18-6, 3-0) continues its 2016 spring season this week with a pair of Mountain West home matches as it hosts Nevada (4-11, 0-1) on Friday, April 8 at 2 p.m., and Fresno State (8-11, 0-2) on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m.
W, 4-3 --- at #70 New Mexico
W, 6-1 --- at Air Force
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West road record last week with a 4-3 win at No. 70 New Mexico and a 6-1 win at Air Force as the Aggies improved their record to 18-6, tying last season’s school record for wins. Against the Lobos, USU lost the doubles point, but in singles, sophomore Jaime Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 6-2), junior Jack Swindells won at the No. 2 spot (7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4), freshman Jonas Maier won at the No. 3 spot (4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2) and freshman Romai Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 6-2). Against the Falcons, the Aggies again lost the doubles point, but won all six singles matches. Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 4-6, 6-1), Swindells won at the No. 2 spot (7-5, 7-5), Maier won at the No. 3 spot (7-5, 7-5), freshman Luis Lopez won at the No. 4 spot (7-6 (5), 6-3), freshman Samuel Serrano won at the No. 5 spot (6-7, (4), 7-6 (8), 10-5) and Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot 6-2, 7-6 (3). Sophomore Andrew Nakajima also competed for the Aggies during the week.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., April 8 --- AIR FORCE, 11 a.m.
Sun., April 10 --- #45 NEW MEXICO, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (8-9, 0-0) continues its 2016 spring season this week with a pair of Mountain West home matches as it hosts Air Force (10-8, 0-1) on Friday, April 8 at 11 a.m., and No. 45 New Mexico (8-6, 1-0) on Sunday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
L, 1-4 --- NORTHERN ARIZONA
• Utah State posted an 0-1 record last week with a 4-1 home loss to Northern Arizona. Against the Lumberjacks, USU lost the doubles point. In singles, junior Nini Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-1) to become just the fifth Aggie to reach the 100 career wins mark. Also competing for USU last week were juniors Ekaterina Tugarinova and Lexi Turley, sophomores Meghan Lyall, Sabrina Demerath and Maggie O’Meara and freshman Monika Van de Vondel.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., April 6 --- MONTANA (DH), 1 p.m.
Fri., April 8 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 3 p.m.
Sat., April 9 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 12 p.m.
Sun., April 10 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State softball (16-13, 4-2) continues Mountain West play this week with five home games as it hosts Montana (13-18) in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, April 6 at 1 p.m., before hosting San José State (15-18, 4-1) in a three-game Mountain West series over the weekend. USU and SJSU will play its first game of the series on Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m., followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, at Noon both days.
Postponed --- Colorado State (DH)
Postponed --- Colorado State
W, 7-3 --- at UNLV
W, 7-0 --- at UNLV
W, 7-4 --- at UNLV
• Utah State posted a 3-0 Mountain West record last weekend in a series sweep at UNLV (7-3, 7-0, 7-4). The Aggie pitching staff was led by senior Noelle Johnson, who pitched two complete games, while freshman Katie Schroeder threw her first-career shutout in the second game. Combined, the two pitchers allowed 26 hits and seven runs, walking and striking out four batters each. At the plate, Johnson led the team batting .600 (6-of-10), including one double. She scored one run and batted in three additional runs. Defensively, senior first baseman Libby Pederson led the team with 27 putouts.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., April 4-5 --- at Wyoming Classic, Chandler, Ariz., All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will continue its 2016 spring season this week at the Wyoming Classic, which will be held in Chandler, Ariz., on Monday and Tuesday, April 4-5.
7th/10 --- at UC Irvine Invitational
• Utah State finished in seventh place out of 10 teams with a 62-over 926 (304-310-312) at the UC Irvine-hosted Anteater Invitational last week. Long Beach State won the tournament with a 27-over 891 (302-293-296) and the 49ers Daniel Chian took medalist honors with a 1-over-par 217 (75-73-69). Sophomore Braxton Miller and junior Eli Rogers both tied for 14th place for USU at 11-over 227. Miller began the tournament by shooting a 1-over 73 during his first round and then carded a 4-over 76 during his second 18 holes, before finishing the tournament with a 6-over 78 to post his 11-over 227. Rogers began the tournament with rounds of 75 and 77, before firing a 3-over 75 during his final 18 holes to also finish at 11-over 227. For Rogers, it is his best-ever 54-hole finish, while Miller tied his best-ever finish. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament included junior Tanner Jenson, who tied for 38th place at 21-over 237 (77-80-80), senior Seokwon Jeon, who tied for 51st place at 25-over 241 (79-77-85), and freshman Keifer Higham, who finished in 57th place at 29-over 245 (84-82-79).
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
5th, 195.025 --- at NCAA Regional Champs., Salt Lake City, Utah
• Utah State gymnastics (8-15, 3-2 MRGC) concluded its 2016 season with a fifth place finish at the NCAA Regional Championships held in Salt Lake City, Utah, last weekend with a team score of 195.025. No. 5-ranked Utah, the top seed in the Regional, placed first with a 197.125, while No. 8 and second-seeded UCLA finished second with a 196.375. The Utes and Bruins both advanced to the NCAA National Championships, which will be held April 15-16 in Fort Worth, Texas. The Aggies were seeded sixth in the Salt Lake City Regional and finished ahead of Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference rival Southern Utah, which scored a 194.950. Washington placed third with a 195.825 and Illinois took fourth with a 195.350. USU opened the meet with a 48.750 on vault. Freshman Madison Ward led the way with a career-best score of 9.775. Senior Jillian Chappel also had a 9.775 as each gymnast tied for 19th in the event. Following their first bye of the night, the Aggies competed on bars in the third rotation and notched a 48.650, led by senior McKinzey Martinez’s 9.800. She placed 12th on the event and was the top USU finisher of the night. USU moved to beam in the fourth rotation and scored a 48.675, highlighted by junior Hayley Sanzotti’s 9.800. Sophomores Keri Peel and Melanie Oster both tied for 20th on the event with 9.775s. Utah State closed out the NCAA Regional Championships on floor, where the team turned in its best performance with a 48.950. Ward, Peel, Martinez and Chappel all had a 9.800 to tie for 22nd.
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