April 29, 2013
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 29, 2013
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Wed.-Sat., May 8-11 --- at WAC Champs., Arlington, Texas, All Day
Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will return to action next week as it travels to Arlington, Texas to compete in the 2013 WAC Championships from Wednesday through Saturday, May 8-11. The Aggie women are the defending WAC Outdoor Champions, while the USU men finished second at last year's event.
NTS --- at California Invitational
NTS --- at BYU Invitational
Utah State men's track and field freshman runner Briton Page won the Lon Spurrier men's 800m race with a time of 1:49.56 at the University of California hosted Brutus Hamilton Invitational last weekend. For Page, it is his fourth-straight sub 1:50.00 effort this season as he ranks 20th in the nation for the event. USU's women had 14 top-six finishes on Saturday, including sophomore Chari Hawkins who placed second in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.09, second in the high jump with a height of 1.69m (5-06.50) and fourth in the long jump with a leap of 5.64m (18-06.00). Joining Hawkins in a tie for second-place in the high jump were fellow sophomores Rachel Orr, Jodi Williams and Mariah Thompson. Freshman Tylee Newman and sophomore Laycee Elliott also placed second in their respective events as Newman ran a 4:29.37 in the M. Davis 1,500m and Elliott clocked a time of 1:01.49 in the 400m hurdles. Junior Kylie Hirschi tabbed a third-place finish in the women's 400m hurdles (1:01.83), while fellow juniors Keeley Eldredge and Kaylee Hartshorn placed third in the shot put and javelin with marks of 12.29m (40-04.00) and 41.78m (137-01), respectively. Placing fourth for the Aggie women included sophomore Melanie Heslop in the shot put with a throw of 12.16m (39-10.75), as well as the 4x100m relay team ( 47.98) that consisted of senior Bri Campbell, freshman Mikkell Minnoch and Kaitlyn Wilcox, along with Hawkins. Sophomore Cree Phillips Taylor rounded out the top-six placers for the Utah State women with a sixth-place award in the 100m hurdles (14.92). Placing second for the USU men as part of 16 top-six finishes was sophomore Nic Bowens in the 200m (21.61), senior Will Henry in the 100m (10.56), along with the 4x100m (40.22) and 4x400m relay teams (3:14.98). The 4x100m relay team consisted of Bowens and Henry, as well as freshmen Jacob Bautista Jr. and Cole Lambourne as they combined to rank second in school history for the event with the time. The 4x400m relay team was made up of Lambourne and Page, as well as freshman Justin Jenkins and senior Tyler Killpack. Bowens also placed third in the 100m with a time of 10.62, as did Killpack in the Lon Spurrier 800m race (1:50.38), while Lambourne placed fourth in the 400m (47.95). Freshman Sam Nelson placed third in the pole vault with a personal-best vault of 4.76m (15-07.25), while sophomore Michael Cardinal and junior Bryce Hall finished in third place for the shot put and discus with throws of 17.04m (55-11.00) and 51.33m (168-05), respectively. Cardinal also placed sixth in the discus with a mark of 47.14m (154-08). Rounding out the top-six placers for the Aggie men was freshman Kevin Allen who placed fourth in the discus with a toss of 48.52m (159-02), while sophomore Dan Mosman placed fourth in the 100m hurdles (15.06) and fifth in the 400m hurdles (55.76), along with fellow sophomore Eric Shellhorn placing fourth in the Don Bowden 1,500m race (4:07.39). On Friday, USU won three events as part of 25 top-six finishes during day one of the Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Winning events for USU was sophomores Cree Phillips Taylor in the women's 400m hurdles with a personal-best time of 1:04.85 and Chari Hawkins in the women's high jump with a height of 1.69m (5-06.50). Junior Bryce Hall won the men's discus with a toss of 52.37m (171-10), while also placing fourth in the shot put with a mark of 16.48m (54-01.00). Sophomores Rachel Orr and Jodi Williams matched the same height in the women's high jump as Hawkins with a 1.69m (5-06.50) leap and were awarded second and third places, respectively on judge's decisions. Fellow sophomore Mariah Thompson and freshman Chelsey Taylor also jumped into the top-six of the high jump event as Thompson cleared 1.64m (5-04.50) for fifth-place and Taylor leapt 1.59m (5-02.50) for sixth-place. In the women's 400m hurdles, junior Dana Wareham and freshman Megan Klingensmith tabbed fifth and sixth-place finishes with times of 59.75 and 1:01.83, respectively. Senior Ruth Hilton crossed the finish line in fourth-place in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 11:25.24, while junior Aubriann Bosen placed fourth in the shot put with a toss of 11.35m (37-03.00). Sophomore Melanie Heslop and junior Keeley Eldredge garnered third and fourth-place honors in the discus with marks of 41.14m (135-00) and 41.12m (134-11), respectively. Eldredge also placed fifth in the hammer with a throw of 51.99m (170-07), while Heslop placed sixth in the same event with a mark of 51.92m (170-04). On the men's side, sophomore Michael Cardinal threw the shot put 16.73m (54-10.75) to place second and finished fourth in the discus with a mark of 45.82m (150-04), while freshman Kevin Allen placed third in the discus with a throw of 49.65m (162-11). Sophomore Dan Mosman finished third in the 100m hurdles (15.24) and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 6.06m (19-10.75). Also placing third for the Utah State men was freshmen Spencer Russell in the 800m (1:55.73) and sophomore Jacob Barton in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:18.67). Senior David Cluff tabbed a fifth-place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase (9:38.94), while freshman Jacob Bautista Jr. placed sixth in the 200m (22.49).
Contact: Couper Sorenson - (435) 840-2007
Fri., May 3 --- TEXAS STATE (DH), 2 p.m.
Sat., May 4 --- TEXAS STATE, 1 p.m.
Utah State softball (10-41, 4-14) will conclude its regular season at home this week with a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against Texas State (14-35, 8-10) as the two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, May 3 beginning at 2 p.m., followed by a single game on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m.
L 2-3 --- IDAHO STATE
L, 0-1 (8); L, 0-1 (8) --- at UT Arlington
L, 0-1 --- at UT Arlington
Senior pitcher Mandy Harmon posted a 0.40 ERA last week as Utah State lost to Idaho State (3-2), and was swept in a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at UT Arlington (1-0 (8), 1-0 (8), 1-0). Against the Bengals, Harmon pitched 4.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on no hits with two walks and three strikeouts, while also going 1-for-2 at the plate. In game one against the Mavericks, Harmon pitched 7.0 innings and allowed two hits and one unearned run to go along with two walks and three strikeouts, while also going 1-for-3 at the plate. And in game three against UTA, Harmon pitched 6.1 innings and allowed one earned run on six hits with two walks and one strikeout, while also going 1-for-2 at the plate. For the week, Harmon surrendered only one earned run and struck out seven batters for her 0.40 ERA, while also going 3-for-7 (.429) at the plate.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Wed., April 29-May 1 --- at WAC Champs., Las Vegas, All Day
Utah State's men's golf team will conclude its spring season this week as it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Championships.
7th/9 --- at BYU PING Cougar Classic
Utah State finished in seventh-place out of nine teams at the BYU hosted PING Cougar Classic with a 10-over 874 (290-301-283). Host BYU won the team championship with a 32-under 832 (279-276-277), while BYU's Zachary Blair took medalist honors by one stroke with a 14-under par 202 (66-68-68). USU freshman Reed Platke finished tied for 23rd with a 3-over 219 (74-73-72) for his second-lowest 54-hole score of the season and his third-best tournament finish. Freshman Seokwon Jeon carded a final round 1-under 71 for USU to finish 36th with a 6-over 222 (71-80-71). Senior Kris Sayer had the best final round of the day for Utah State as he shot a collegiate-low 6-under 66 to finish tied for 37th with a 7-over 223 (79-78-66) for his best tournament finish of the season. Furthermore, Sayer's final round of 66 is the best by an Aggie golfer since junior Tanner Higham shot an opening round 66 at the 2012 Wyoming hosted Cowboy Classic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Higham, who carded a final round 7-over 79, also tied for 37th along with Sayer at 7-over 223 (71-73-79). Senior Brendan Dennis also competed for Utah State and finished the tournament tied for 42nd at 9-over 225 (74-77-74).
Contact: Emily Duke - (801) 885-7210
2013 WAC Championships, Denver, Colo.
L, 0-4 --- vs. New Mexico State
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