April 21, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 21, 2014
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Tues., April 22 --- BOISE STATE (DH), 1 p.m.
Wed., April 23 --- BOISE STATE, 1 p.m.
Fri., April 25 --- at New Mexico, 5 p.m.
Sat., April 26 --- at New Mexico, 1 p.m.
Sun., April 27 --- at New Mexico, 12 p.m.
Utah State softball (17-24, 5-7) will continue its 2014 season this week with six Mountain West games. USU will begin the week with a home series against Boise State (23-19, 8-7) as the two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 22 at 1 p.m., followed by a single game on Wednesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. USU will then play a three-game series at New Mexico (13-29, 4-11) over the weekend as the two teams open the series on Friday, April 25 at 5 p.m, followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday, April 26-27 at 1 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively.
W, 6-3; L, 3-8 --- WEBER STATE (DH)
L, 2-6 --- at San Diego State
W, 1-0 --- at San Diego State
L, 0-12 --- at San Diego State
Freshman third baseman Victoria Saucedo hit .500 last week in helping Utah State to a 2-3 record as it split a home doubleheader against Weber State (6-3, 3-8) and then went 1-2 at Mountain West foe San Diego State (2-6, 1-0, 0-12). Against the Wildcats, Saucedo went 1-for-3 at the plate with a RBI, a run scored and a walk in USU's 6-3 win, while going 3-for-4 at the plate in its 8-3 loss. In the first game against SDSU, she launched her sixth home run of the season as she was 1-for-4 at the plate. She then went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and scored the only run in USU's 1-0 win against the Aztecs. And in the series finale, she was 1-for-2 at the plate. For the week, Saucedo hit .500 (8-16) with two runs batted in, three runs scored and a home run.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri.-Sun., April 25-27 --- at MW Championships, Tucson, AZ, All Day
Utah State men's golf will conclude its 2014 spring season this weekend as it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the Mountain West Championships on Friday through Sunday, April 25-27.
7th/10 --- at UC Santa Barbara Invitational
Utah State finished in seventh-place out of 10 teams with a 22-over 886 (296-294-296) at the UC Santa Barbara hosted OGIO Intercollegiate last week. Sophomore Seokwon Jeon shot a final round even par 72 to tie for 11th-place with a 2-over 218 (74-72-72). Senior Tanner Higham finished tied for 23rd-place at 5-over 221 (75-74-72), as did freshman Braxton Miller after rounds of 75, 71 and 75. Sophomore Reed Platke tied for 47th-place with a 14-over 230 (73-80-77) and junior Grahm Schmaltz finished in 49th-place with a 16-over 232 (74-77-81).
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
2014 Mountain West Championships, Fresno, CA
Thur., April 24 --- vs. #1 Boise State, 11 a.m.
Sat., April 26 --- Semifinals, 3 p.m.
Sun., April 27 --- Championship, 2 p.m.
Utah State men's tennis (9-15, 0-7) will conclude its 2014 season this week when it travels to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the Mountain West Championships from Thursday through Sunday, April 24-27. USU is the eighth-seed and will begin the tournament against top-seeded Boise State (25-4, 5-0) on Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. (MT). The semifinals will be played on Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. (MT), and the championship match will be on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. (MT).
L, 1-6--- UNLV
L, 0-7 --- FRESNO STATE
Utah State posted an 0-2 Mountain West home record last week with losses to UNLV (6-1) and Fresno State (7-0). Against the Rebels, senior Fredrik Peterson posted USU's only win with a three-sets victory at No. 5 singles (7-6, 2-6, 6-3). Against the Bulldogs, USU did win one of the three doubles matches as senior Andrew Whiting teamed with freshman Sebastian Schneider for an 8-2 victory at the third position.
Contact: Sean O'Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
2014 Mountain West Championships, Fresno, CA
Wed., April 23 --- vs. #7 Nevada, 3 p.m.
Fri., April 25 --- Quarterfinals, 11 a.m.
Sat., April 26 --- Semifinals, 11 a.m.
Sun., April 27 --- Championship, 11 a.m.
Utah State women's tennis (13-9, 1-5) will conclude its 2014 season this week when it travels to Fresno, Calif., to compete in the Mountain West Championships from Wednesday through Saturday, April 23-26. USU is the 10th-seed in the tournament and will begin play against seventh-seeded Nevada (11-9, 2-3) on Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. (MT). The quarterfinals will be played on Friday, April 25 at 11 a.m. (MT), the semifinals will be played on Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. (MT), and the championship match will be on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. (MT).
W, 5-2 --- at Colorado State
L, 2-5 --- at Wyoming
Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record in its last competition with a 5-2 win at Colorado State and a 5-2 loss at Wyoming. Against the Rams, junior McKenzie Davis posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-0), sophomore Kallie Sperry won in straight sets at No. 2 singles (6-4, 6-1), freshman Nini Guensler won in straight sets at No. 3 singles (6-4, 6-2), and freshman Cassidy Branstine won in straight sets at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-3). USU also claimed the doubles point as Davis and Sperry combined for an 8-2 win at the first position, freshman Katie Sweet teamed with sophomore Amber Stuhlmann for an 8-7 win at the second position, and Guensler teamed with freshman Lexi Turley for an 8-5 win at the third position. With its win against the Rams, USU set the single-season school record with its 13th win of the season, while Davis set the spring record for singles victories at 17. Against the Cowgirls, Guensler won in three sets at No. 3 singles (6-2, 4-6, 6-2), and USU also claimed the doubles point as Davis and Sperry combined for an 8-3 win at the first position, while Guensler and Turley notched an 8-7 win at the third position.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Mitch Praxl - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., April 25-26 --- at California Invitational, All Day
Utah State's track & field teams will continue its 2014 outdoor season this weekend as it travels to Berkely, Calif., to compete in the University of California hosted Brutus Hamilton Open and Brutus Hamilton Challenge on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26.
NTS --- at Mt. SAC Relays
Utah State had several athletes competing at the Mt. SAC Relays highlighted by junior Nic Bowens' performance in the 200m, where he took fourth with a personal-best time of 20.92, good for third-best in school history. Senior Silas Pimentel finished right behind Bowens in fifth, posting a personal record time of 20.97. Senior Kaylee Hartshorn was the top performer for the USU women, garnering fifth-place in the javelin with a distance of 45.14m (148-01). Junior Chari Hawkins finished the heptathlon in 11th place, fourth among collegiate athletes, with 5,500 points. Hawkins began the heptathlon with a seventh-place finish in the 100m hurdles, crossing the finish line with a time of 13.79. Next up for the junior was the high jump, where she garnered fourth-place with a leap of 1.75m (5-08.75). The third event was the shot put, with Hawkins placing 17th after a personal-best toss of 11.15m (36-07.00). Hawkins then took ninth in the 200m dash with a personal-record time of 24.69. She also tied for 13th in the long jump with a distance of 5.77m (18-11.25), finished 14th in the javelin throw with a hurl of 35.35m (115-11) and finished the heptathlon with a 15th-place finish in the 800m, recording a personal-best time of 2:25.67.
NTS --- MARK FALDMO INVITATIONAL
Five Utah State track and field student-athletes won events with personal-best marks and times on the second and final day of action at the Utah State hosted Mark Faldmo Invitational to help lead the Aggie teams to 11 total event titles at their lone home meet. Senior Alex Litzsinger won the 1,500m with a personal best time of 4:37.63. Senior Sam Nielson easily topped her best mark in the triple jump with a distance of 12.39m (40-07.75) and junior CJ O'Neal took the long jump title with a leap of 6.75m (22-01.75) to set a personal-record. Senior Chalese West also set a personal-record in the 200m, breaking the tape with a time of 24.33. Additionally, freshman Colby Wilson blitzed his personal-record in the 1,500m, winning the title with a time of 3:55.21. Junior Rachel Orr won the high jump, clearing the bar with a height of 1.75m (5-08.75) and freshman Daphne Jones tied for the long jump title with a distance of 5.69m (18-08.00). On the men's side, sophomore Briton Page won 800m with a time of 1:51.68 and senior Kenny Hamlett was the top-finisher in the triple jump, recording a distance of 14.27m (46-10.00). Finally, Utah State's men's 4x400m team won their race, finishing in 3:18.34. In addition to her title in the 200m, West also placed second in the 100m, crossing the finish line in 12.19. Freshman Brittany Rawlins followed close behind, placing fourth with a time of 12.47. Freshman Katelyn Zabriskie placed second in the high jump behind Orr, recording a height of 1.65m (5-05.00) and USU's women's 4x400m relay team also placed second with a time of 4:10.12. Freshman Sydney Blair took third in the 800m, finishing in 2:16.70. Also finishing third was junior Brittany Bushman, completing the 1,500m in 4:43.42, while freshmen Cierra Simmons (4:46.83) and Tori Parkinson (4:47.68) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Freshman Elise Maddox finished the 100m hurdles in 15.44 to take fourth and also finished fifth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.03. Fellow freshman Jensen Williams took fourth in the 400m, clocking a 58.14. Freshman Bethani Talbot grabbed fifth-place in the long jump with a leap of 5.35m (17-06.75) and freshman Kayla Lee rounded out the top-five for the Aggie women, garnering a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 11.28m (37-00.25). For the Aggie men, freshman Austin Orr (1:52.93), sophomore Spencer Russell (1:52.93) and freshman Brett McAdams (1:54.62) followed Page in the places 3-5 in the 800m. In the 1,500m, senior Kyle McKenna finished right behind Wilson in second-place, recording a time of 3:56.23, and junior Chris Martinez took fourth with a time of 3:59.40. Junior Michael Cardinal garnered second in the shot put with a toss of 15.68m (51-05.50) and freshman Ben Bracken placed third in the discus with a heave of 39.57m (129-10). O'Neal added to his long jump title with a third-place finish in the 100m, recording a time of 10.89, while freshman Tanner Hunt grabbed a third-place finish in the 400m with a time of 48.25. Freshman Alec Willard (14.95) and junior Dan Mosman (15.16) finished in third and fourth, respectively, in the 110m hurdles. Freshman Dallas Hoofard and Willard did the same in the 400m hurdles, with Hoofard recording a time of 56.10 and Willard coming in at 56.85. In the high jump, senior Xavier Williford Jr. grabbed fifth-place with a height of 2.00m (6-06.75).
Friday's action at the USU Mark Faldmo Invitational was highlighted by sophomore Jacqueline Winterton, who in the first 3,000m race of her career, crossed the finish line in 10:56.00 to take first. Also for the USU women, freshman Mia Estes recorded the top javelin throw of the day with a toss of 41.00m (134-06) to top the podium. On the men's side, sophomore Mike Bills grabbed first-place in his first-ever 3,000m race, finishing with a time of 8:56.20. The Aggies took the top three spots in the women's 3,000m, with junior Tessa Brown finishing right behind Winterton with a time of 11:26.40 and sophomore Karli Lundquist following close behind in third with a time of 11:30.00. Freshmen Abbie Barrett (12:16.50) and Emily Blake (12:26.40) were fifth and sixth, respectively. Nielson placed second in the javelin with a distance of 39.18m (128-06). Freshman Shelby Jordan and sophomore Julia Klingler garnered the third and fourth spots in the hammer throw, recording distances of 47.31m (155-02) and 46.75m (153-04), respectively. Freshman Morgan Monks rounded out the day for the Aggies, placing fifth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 3.52m (11-06.50). For the Aggie men, freshmen Erich Olschewski and Joe Gough grabbed the second and third spots in the 3,000m behind Bills, finishing with times of 8:56.20 and 9:05.70, respectively. In the javelin, freshman Bradford Strobell finished fifth, recording a distance of 32.30m (106-00). Former Aggie Jon Goble competed unattached and won the Javelin with a heave of 59.23m (194-04).
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