Weekly Aggie Update
April 28, 2008
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 27, 2008 Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will take the week off before traveling to Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 7 to compete in the Utah Collegiate Challenge. Last week, USU recorded 22 season-bests as members of the team competed at the Cal-Berkeley Invitational, the Clarence Robison Invitational and the Oregon Relays. At the Oregon Relays senior Stacie Dorius placed fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase with a season-best time of 10:24.56, while junior Seth Wold placed second in the 10,000m with his personal-record time of 30:20.65, and sophomore Steve Strickland placed seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 8:57.11. Down the coast in Berkeley, Calif., sophomore Erin Stratton placed first in the 3,000m steeplechase with her regional qualifying time of 10:38.18. The Aggies also had ten other women record season-best marks in California including junior Katie Thatcher, who placed third in the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:00.1 and freshman Katelyn Jensen, who placed fourth in the 400m with a time of 55.80. Freshman Sonia Grabowska placed second in the pole vault with a height of 12-08.00. The Aggie men also had 10 athletes record season-best marks at the meet led by sophomore Jared Glenn and freshman Chio Lopez who placed second and third in the 3,000m steeplechase as they recorded season-best times of 9:10.16 and 9:18.13, respectively. Sophomore Jason Holt placed second in the 1,500m with a season-best time of 3:48.51, followed by freshman Eric Larson in sixth-place with a season-best time of 3:51.96. Senior Chase Taylor also recorded a season-best in the javelin throw with his mark of 197-09. While most of the Aggies competed in California or Oregon, a few USU athletes competed at the Robison Invitational hosted by BYU. Juniors Jake Maybe and Matt Toone both recorded season-best in the pole vault as they placed second and seventh with heights of 15-01.00 and 14-01.25, respectively.
MEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's men's tennis team (6-14) concluded its 2008 season with a 4-0 loss to 49th-ranked Fresno State in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, April 25. Only three Aggies completed their singles matches as senior Fernando Gallegos lost, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 3 singles, sophomore Matt Searle lost, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 5 singles, and sophomore Alex Thatcher lost, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. Other Aggies who were competing in the championships included freshman Jakob Asplund at No. 1 singles, sophomore Oscar Ericsson at No. 2 singles, and senior Jonas Tyden at No. 4 singles. Utah State also lost the doubles point as Asplund and Gallegos lost, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, while Thatcher and junior Matt Braithwaite lost, 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. Ericsson and Tyden led 5-4 at No. 2 doubles when that match was called.
WOMEN'S TENNIS Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361 Utah State's women's tennis team (7-15) concluded its 2008 season with a 4-0 loss to No. 40 Boise State in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Championships in Las Cruces, N.M., on Thursday, April 24. Only three Aggies completed their matches as junior Bridgette Strickland lost, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 5 singles, sophomore Britney Watts lost, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 singles, and sophomore Marie Livingston lost, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6 singles. Other Aggies who were competing in the championships included sophomore Brianna Harris at No. 1 singles, freshman Hailey Swenson at No. 2 singles, and freshman Taylor Perry at No. 4 singles. Utah State also lost the doubles point as Watts and Perry dropped an 8-3 decision at No. 2 doubles, while Livingston and freshman Jennifer Johnson lost, 8-1, at No. 3 singles. Harris and Swenson's match at No. 1 doubles was tied at 4-4 when it was called.
MEN'S GOLF Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714 Utah State's men's golf team will travel to San Jose, Calif., this week to compete in the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships on Monday to Wednesday, April 28-30. At last year's WAC Championships, junior Devin Daniels placed second individually and Utah State finished ninth as a team. In its last competition, 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 final round 299. USU opened play 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. 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, 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 and a six-over 78. 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 (14-29, 2-12) will conclude its regular season this weekend with a three-game WAC series at Hawai'i on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4. Last week, USU posted a 3-2 record as it defeated Idaho State, 5-3, before splitting a four-game series with Northern Colorado. Against UNC on Saturday, USU won game one, 7-4, and lost game two, 7-6. On Sunday, the Aggies won game one, 11-3, and lost game two, 5-3. Freshman shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro led Utah State during the week as she hit .538 (7-13) with six RBI, three home runs and two walks, while posting a 1.231 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. Kaneshiro's best game during the week came in an 11-3 Aggie win against Northern Colorado as she set a new single-game school record with three home runs and tied the school's single-game record with five RBI. In the game, she was 4-of-4 at the plate with three runs scored. As a team, Utah State is hitting .273 on the season as compared to a .323 batting average for its opponents. USU also has a team ERA of 5.14 this year, while its opponents ERA is 3.90.