Weekly Aggie Update
April 21, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 20, 2008 Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will continue its spring season this weekend by competing in three separate meets at Cal-Berkeley, BYU and Oregon on Friday and Saturday. Last weekend, USU posted eight NCAA regional qualifying marks, won eight individual events and had 35 top-three finishes at its own Mark Faldmo Invitational. On the men's side, junior Blake Hadfield posted two regional qualifying marks in winning the triple-jump with a career-best distance of 49-05.00, and finishing second in the long jump with a distance of 24-4.25. Freshman Silas Pimentel also notched two NCAA regional times in placing second in the 100 meters (10.45) and third in the 200 meters (21.21). Fellow freshman Joe Canavan had a 55-7.75 toss in the shot put, good for second-place and an NCAA regional mark. On the women's side sophomore Ashlee Cannon had an NCAA regional qualifying time of 13.75 in the 100 meter hurdles as she placed second. Junior Krista Larson and freshman Sonia Grabowska also registered NCAA regional marks as Larson recorded a distance of 185-10 in the hammer, in placing third and Grabowska cleared 12-7.50 in the pole vault to place second. Senior Chase Taylor was one of the event winners, taking top honors in the javelin with a 195-6 distance, while sophomore Andrew Niccoli led a 1-2 USU finish in the 800 meter run with a 1:54.15 time, while classmate Jason Holt was second with a 1:55.35 time. Holt led a 1-2 Aggie finish by winning the 1500 meter run in a 3:56.67 clocking while fellow sophomore Steve Strickland was second with a 3:57.57 time. USU's men and women also recorded a pair of wins in both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team (6-13) will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., this weekend to compete in the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Friday to Sunday, April 25-27. The Aggies concluded its regular season last weekend with a 6-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara as sophomore Oscar Ericsson was USU's lone winner with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 2 singles. Other Aggies to compete in the match included freshman Jakob Asplund at No. 1 singles, senior Fernando Gallegos at No. 3 singles, senior Jonas Tyden at No. 4 singles, sophomore Matt Searle at No. 5 singles and junior Matt Braithwaite at No. 6 singles.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's tennis team (7-14) will travel to Las Cruces, N.M., this weekend to compete in the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Thursday to Saturday, April 24-26. The Aggies concluded its regular season last weekend with a 5-2 win against Idaho State and a 7-0 loss to Montana State. Sophomore Brianna Harris and freshman Hailey Swenson led USU as each had a 1-1 record at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, while fellow freshmen Taylor Perry and Jennifer Johnson also had 1-1 records at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Other Aggies to compete during the week included sophomore Marie Livingston who went 0-2 at No. 5 singles and freshman Britney Watts who went 0-2 at No. 3 singles.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's golf team will take the week off as it prepares for the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Monday to Wednesday, April 28-30 in San Jose, Calif. Last week, USU finished in 13th-place out of 14 teams at the PING Cougar Classic hosted by BYU with a 54-hole total of 889 after finishing the tournament by shooting a 299 on Saturday. USU opened play on Friday with rounds of 297 and 293. Junior Toph Peterson led Utah State as he finished tied for 22nd with a one-over par 217. Peterson began play with back-to-back 73's before carding a one-under 71 in his final round on Saturday. It is the first time this year that Peterson has been USU's top finisher. After shooting a four-over 76 in his first round on Friday, junior Tyler Labrum bounced back with back-to-back rounds of 71 to finish in tie for 26th with a two-over 218. Junior Devin Daniels finished tied for 57th with an eight-over 224 after opening the tournament with a one-under 71, before shooting a three-over 75 on Friday afternoon and a six-over 78 on Saturday. Also competing for Utah State was junior Jeremy Pack and freshman Dan Heath who finished in 75th and 76th place with scores of 235 and 236, respectively.
SOFTBALL Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's softball team (11-27, 2-12) will continue its spring schedule this week with a doubleheader against Idaho State on Thursday, April 14 at 2 p.m., followed by a pair of doubleheaders against Northern Colorado on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27. Saturday's twinbill will begin at 1 p.m, while Sunday's will start at Noon. Last week, USU was swept at Louisiana Tech, 1-0, 7-2, and 3-2. Senior third baseman Amy Schaible hit .500 during the series as she went 2-of-3 in game one, and finished the series by going 2-of-4 with an RBI in game three. Overall, she had five hits, with one double and one RBI against the Lady Techsters. As a team, Utah State is hitting .271 on the season as compared to a .329 batting average for its opponents. USU also has a team ERA of 5.42 this year, while its opponents ERA is 3.59.