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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 11, 2016
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., April 13 --- at BYU, 6 p.m.
Fri., April 15 --- at #23 Fresno State, 7 p.m. (MT)
Sat., April 16 --- at #23 Fresno State, 7 p.m. (MT)
Sun., April 17 --- at #23 Fresno State, 1 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State softball (19-15, 5-4) continues action this week with four contests as it plays at BYU (22-17) in a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 p.m., before playing at No. 23 Fresno State (27-9-1, 9-0) in a three-game Mountain West series over the weekend. USU and FS will play its first game of the series on Friday, April 15 at 7 p.m. (MT), followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, at 7 p.m. (MT) and 1 p.m. (MT), respectively. USU’s game at BYU will be televised live on BYUtv, while its three-game series at Fresno State will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network.
W, 9-6; W, 7-6 --- MONTANA
L, 3-9 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
W, 8-6 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
L, 3-15 --- SAN JOSÉ STATE
• Utah State posted a 3-2 home record last week as it swept a non-conference doubleheader against Montana (9-6, 7-6) before winning one of three Mountain West home games against San José State (3-9, 8-6, 3-15). Three pitchers saw time in the circle this week for the Aggies, led by senior Noelle Johnson who posted a 2-2 record. Together, the three allowed 60 hits and 42 runs, striking out 15 batters and walking 10. Offensively, senior outfielder Sarah Chow led the team, batting .533 (8-of-15) on the week, while scoring six runs and batting in four. Junior shortstop Sarina Jaramillo and junior outfielder Alleyah Armendariz added two home runs apiece. Defensively, senior first baseman Libby Pederson was tops with 29 putouts.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Tues., April 11-12 --- at BYU Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will continue its 2016 spring season this week at the BYU Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, April 11-12.
7th/10 --- at Wyoming Classic, Chandler, Ariz.
• Utah State finished in seventh place out of 19 teams with a 1-over 865 (296-284-285) at the Wyoming-hosted Cowboy Classic held last week in Chandler, Ariz. Colorado won the team title with a 21-under 843 (290-272-281), while four golfers tied for medalist honors at 11-under 205. Junior Tanner Jenson led the Aggies as he finished in eight place with a 6-under 210 (72-70-68). For Jenson, it is his second top-10 finish of the season and the fourth of his career. Overall, he now has 13 career rounds under par and seven career rounds in the 60s. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include senior Seokwon Jeon, who tied for 38th place at 3-over 219 (76-72-71), junior Eli Rogers, who tied for 38th place at 3-over 219 (74-73-72), sophomore Braxton Miller, who also tied for 38th place at 3-over 219 (74-71-74), and freshman Keifer Higham, who tied for 99th place at 16-over 232 (76-71-85). For Jeon, he now has 32 career rounds under par, while Miller now has 10 career rounds under par.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., April 15 --- UNLV, 11 a.m.
Sun., April 17 --- at San Diego State, 1 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State men’s tennis (20-6, 5-0) will conclude its regular season this week with a pair of Mountain West matches as it hosts UNLV (9-6, 3-0) on Friday, April 15 at 11 a.m., and then plays at San Diego State (7-11, 2-0) on Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. (MT).
W, 4-0 --- NEVADA
W, 4-0 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State posted a 2-0 Mountain West home record last week with a 4-0 win against Nevada and a 4-0 win against Fresno State. Against the Wolf Pack, USU took the doubles point as freshmen Romai Ugarte and Luis Lopez won at the first position (6-1) and junior Jack Swindells and freshman Jonas Maier won at the second position (6-2). In singles, Maier won at the No. 3 spot (6-1, 6-4), Lopez won at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 6-1) and freshman Samuel Serrano won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-4). Against the Bulldogs, the Aggies again took the doubles point as Swindells and Maier won at the second position (7-6 (0)) and sophomores Jaime Barajas and Andrew Nakajima won at the third position (6-0). In singles, Maier won at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 6-1), Lopez won at the No. 5 spot (7-5, 6-2) and Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-1). With its two wins last week, USU set a school record for wins in a season with 20, bettering the 18 wins it recorded a season ago.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri., April 15 --- at Colorado State, 1 p.m.
Sun., April 17 --- at Wyoming, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (9-10, 1-1) continues its 2016 spring season this week with a pair of Mountain West road matches as it plays at Colorado State (4-11, 0-3) on Friday, April 15 at 1 p.m., and at Wyoming (8-10, 1-1) on Sunday, April 17 at 10 a.m.
W, 4-3 --- AIR FORCE
L, 0-4 --- #48 NEW MEXICO
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West home record last week with a 4-3 win against Air Force and a 4-0 loss against No. 48 New Mexico. Against the Falcons, USU won the doubles point as sophomore Maggie O’Meara and freshman Monika Van de Vondel won at the second position (6-3) and juniors Lexi Turley and Nini Guensler won at the third position (6-2). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (3-6, 6-2, 6-1), sophomore Sabrina Demerath won at the No. 4 spot (6-2, 6-4) and sophomore Meghan Lyall won at the No. 6 spot (6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (4)). Against the Lobos, USU lost the doubles point and the first three singles matches. Also competing for USU last week was junior Ekaterina Tugarinova.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Thur.-Sat., April 14-16 --- at Mt. SAC Relays, Norwalk, Calif., All Day
Fri.-Sat., April 15-16 --- USU MARK FALDMO INVITATIONAL, All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will continue its 2016 season this weekend as its hosts its only outdoor meet of the year in the Mark Faldmo Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16. USU will also send select athletes to the Mt. SAC Relays, held in Norwalk, Calif.
NTS --- at Idaho State Invitational
NTS --- at Utah Invitational
NTS --- at UCLA Invitational
• Utah State track & field pushed through harsh weather conditions to cap off a productive meet last weekend at the UCLA-hosted Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational. USU’s men featured a trio of event winners led by senior Parker Bluth with a time of 46.56 in the 400m, which ranks seventh all-time in school history. A pair of Aggie juniors, AJ Boully and Benjamin Johnston, joined Bluth atop the podium with victories in their respective events. Boully won the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.62, while Johnston seized first in the 3,000m steeplechase, crossing the line with a time of 9:12.26. On the women’s side, sophomore Kelsey Yamauchi was the lone event winner for the Aggie women, taking home the title in the 3,000m steeplechase and recording a time of 10:58.34. Another bright spot for Utah State’s women were the javelin throwers. Junior Mia Estes and freshman Madelyn Sirmon secured the second and third spots, throwing distances of 48.07m (157-8) and 47.96m (157-4), respectively. Also, Estes and Sirmon moved closer to the school javelin record as Estes ranks second and Sirmon third all-time in USU history. Utah State’s men’s relay teams continue to be a strength as seniors Nic Bowens, Bluth and Cole Lambourne, along with Boully, finished second in the 4x100m relay with a time of 40.84. The other relay team of Boully, Lambourne, Bluth and sophomore Brady Martin also placed second with a time of 3:10.67. Other highlights of Saturday’s invitational include sophomore Clay Lambourne placing second in the 800m (1:50.91), as well as fellow sophomore Jordan Beutler taking third in the 1,500m (3:50.64). The Aggie women throwers were led by freshman Allison Scranton, who placed second in the discus with a mark of 43.84m (143-10). Senior Maci Bingham also competed in the discus, placing fourth with a distance of 37.90m (124-4). Additionally, Bingham finished fifth in the shot put with a mark of 14.46m (47-5.25) and fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 56.87m (186-7).
Utah State also had individuals compete at the Utah Classic last week and junior Jason Allred led the Aggie men with a third-place finish in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.80m (15-9). Lexus Miller-Moylan, a freshman, led the women’s sprinters in the 100m dash, placing eighth with a personal-best time of 12.45. Behind Miller-Moylan came senior Mikkell Minnoch finishing 15th, clocking a time of 12.76. The Aggie women featured a pair of javelin throwers that also finished in the top-15. Senior Angela Phillips placed 11th with a personal-best toss of 35.77m (117-4), while junior Mandee Christensen finished 12th with a distance of 35.66m (117-00). A duo of Aggie distance runners in sophomore Candace Greenwood and freshman Heather Holt finished right next to one another, breaking into the top-15 of the women’s 3,000m. Greenwood placed 12th with a time of 11:07.41, while Holt finished 13th, clocking a time of 11:07.81. On the men’s side, sophomore Bryson Stout led the Aggie sprinters by placing 12th, with a time of 21.94. Fellow sprinter, freshman Parker Landgren, finished 15th in the 100m dash with a time of 11.04.
Utah State also competed in the Idaho State-hosted Decathlon-Heptathlon Festival last week, as freshman Alyssa Hirschi took home the title in the heptathlon as she recorded 4,580 points, finishing first in the shot put with a distance of 11.03m (36-2.25) and the 100m hurdles with a personal-best time of 15.20. After the first day of competition, Hirschi was in third place with 2,849 points. The freshman solidified her spot as the victor of the heptathlon with success in the final event, the 800m. Hirschi took control of the 800m, crossing the line first with a time of 2:25.51, winning her first-ever collegiate heptathlon by 12 points. Fellow freshmen Kaylie King and Emily Reed also showed improvement in the heptathlon as King placed seventh with 3,913 points, while Reed finished ninth with 3,797 points.
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