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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's spring sports continue this week with men's golf, softball, men's tennis, and men and women's outdoor track & field all in action.
Utah State's spring sports continue this week with men's golf, softball, men's tennis, and men and women's outdoor track & field all in action.

April 22, 2013

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 22, 2013

SOFTBALL
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007

This Week
Wed., April 24 --- IDAHO STATE, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 26 --- at UT Arlington (DH), 3 p.m. (MT)
Sat., April 27 --- at UT Arlington, 5 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State softball (10-37, 4-11) will host Idaho State (22-19) on Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m., before traveling to UT Arlington (18-24, 3-12) for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series during the weekend as the two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, April 26 beginning at 3 p.m. (MT), followed by a single game on Saturday, April 27 at 5 p.m. (MT).

Last Week
L 2-3 --- UTAH VALLEY
L 3-14 (6) --- UTAH
L, 4-5 --- SOUTHERN UTAH
L, 1-6; W, 8-4 --- LOUISIANA TECH
W, 5-2 --- LOUISIANA TECH
• Senior infielder Christine Thomsen helped Utah State to a 2-4 home record last week as it lost in-state games to Utah Valley (3-2), Utah (14-3 (6)) and Southern Utah (5-4), before taking two of three games against Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech as it lost the first game (6-1), and then won the final two games (8-4, 5-2). Thomsen began the week by going 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run against the Wolverines, and then went 2-for-3 against the Utes with a run batted in. Against the Thunderbirds, Thomsen was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and two walks. In game one against LTU, she went 2-for-3 at the plate, followed by 3-for-4 performances in each of the last two games of the series with a run scored in each outing. For the week, Thomsen hit a robust .737 (14-19) with three runs scored, one run batted in and one double, to go along with two walks.

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210

Last Week
L, 2-5 --- IDAHO
• Utah State women's tennis (5-13, 1-7) concluded its 2013 season with a 5-2 loss to Idaho at home last weekend. USU, who finished ninth in the WAC, did not qualify for the conference tournament as only the top six teams in the league advance to the WAC Championships. Against the Vandals, sophomore McKenzie Davis posted a straight sets win at No. 1 singles (7-5, 7-6) and senior Kristina Voytsekhovich won in three sets at No. 3 singles (5-7, 7-6, 6-4). Other Aggies to compete in the match include seniors Jaci West and Julie Tukuafu, and freshmen Kallie Sperry and Ashley Stuhlmann.

MEN'S TENNIS
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210

This Week
Fri.-Sun., April 26-28 --- at WAC Championships, Denver, Colo.
Fri., April 26 --- vs. New Mexico State, 10 a.m.
Sat., April 27 --- vs. TBA, 10 a.m.
Sun., April 28 --- vs. TBA, 10 a.m.
• Utah State men's tennis (7-14, 2-4) will continue its 2013 season this week at the 2013 WAC Championships, hosted by Denver. USU, who is the fifth-seed in the tournament, will face fourth seeded New Mexico State (13-8, 3-2) on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. The semifinals will be on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m., and the championship match will be on Sunday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

Last Week
L, 0-4 --- at Air Force
L, 0-4 --- at Denver
• Utah State lost both of its road matches last week at Air Force (4-0) and Western Athletic Conference foe Denver (4-0). Aggies who competed during the weekend include senior Sven Poslusny, juniors Fredrik Peterson and Andrew Whiting, and sophomores Marcus Fritz, Matt Sweet, Curran Wearmouth.

MEN'S GOLF
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

This Week
Fri.-Sat., April 26-27 --- at BYU PING Cougar Classic, All Day
• Utah State men's golf will continue its 2013 spring season on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 when it competes in the BYU hosted PING Cougar Classic.

Last Competition
22nd/24 --- at Wyoming Classic, Scottsdale, Ariz.
• Utah State finished in 22nd-place out of 24 teams at the Wyoming hosted Cowboy Classic with a 54-over 614 (322-292). Gonzaga won the tournament championship with a 14-over 574 (299-275), while UC Santa Barbara's Glen Scher took medalist honors with a 2-under par 138 (70-68). Junior Tanner Higham shot a final round 2-over 72 to finish tied for 40th-place for USU with a 9-over 149 after carding a 7-over 77 during his opening round. Senior Brendan Dennis tied for 80th-place with a 14-over 154 (81-73), while freshman Seokwon Jeon tied for 100th with an 18-over 158 (86-72). Freshman Reed Platke finished tied for 116th with a 22-over 162 (78-84) and junior Zach Waxler tied for 119th-place with a 23-over 163 (88-75).

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861

This Week
Fri.-Sat., April 26-27 --- at California Invitational, All Day
Fri.-Sat., April 26-27 --- at BYU Invitational, All Day
• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will continue its 2013 season this weekend at the California hosted Brutus Hamilton Challenge and the BYU hosted Robison Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27.

Last Week
NTS --- at Mt. SAC Relays
NTS --- MARK FALDMO INVITATIONAL
• Utah State track and field concluded the final day of the USU Mark Faldmo Invitational with seven event titles. Winning events for the Aggie women were freshman Tylee Newman in the 800m (2:12.52), sophomores Cree Phillips Taylor in the 400m hurdles (14.52), Ashley Robison in the 1,500m (4:53.63) and Jodi Williams in the high jump with a leap of 1.74m (5-08.50), as well as junior Daphne Jones in the long jump with a mark of 5.62m (18-05.25). On the men's side, senior Kenny Hamlett won the triple jump with a leap of 14.26m (46-09.50), while freshman Kevin Allen captured the discus title with a toss of 52.60m (172-07). In other action, 10 Utah State track and field student-athletes competed at the 55th Mt. SAC Relays, highlighted by sophomore Michael Cardinal finishing seventh in the shot put with a throw of 16.92m (55-06.25), along with junior Bryce Hall placing ninth in the discus with a toss of 53.69m (176-02). On day one of the Mark Faldmo Invitational, Utah State captured three event titles. Winning events for the Aggies were sophomore Melanie Heslop in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 51.40m (168-08), junior Kyle McKenna in the men's 5,000m (15:07.35) and senior Tanner Clark in the men's javelin with a toss of 52.55m (172-05). Also placing in the top-six finishers for USU was freshman Collin Butterfield in the men's javelin with a throw of 49.39m (162-00), along with freshmen Jacqueline Winterton, Karlee Deeter, Sydney Blaser and Nikki Woodring who led the Aggie women with a 2-3-4-5 finish in the 5,000m with times of 18:05.97, 19:35.86, 19:55.91 and 20:07.68, respectively. Utah State sophomore and multi-event athlete Chari Hawkins set a new school record to win the heptathlon with 5,441 points on Thursday at the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events. The previous record of 5,304 points was held by Lacey Hulbert in 2006. With the point total, Hawkins ranks eighth in the West and 10th overall in the nation for the heptathlon this season, while also having the best mark in the Western Athletic Conference by more than two hundred points. Hawkins also moved up the school top-10 lists in the women's high jump and long jump as she ranks tied for fourth in the high jump and fourth in the long jump with marks of 1.76m (5-09.25) and 5.95m (19-06.25), respectively. USU also had three student-athletes competing at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium for the 55th annual Mt. SAC Relays. Sophomore Eric Shellhorn clocked a time of 9:22.62 to place 16th in the men's 3,000m steeplechase, while senior Stephanie Burt and freshman Tylee Newman placed 18th and 27th overall in the women's 3,000m steeplechase and women's 1,500m races with times of 11:18.78 and 4:26.68, respectively.

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