LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MAY 2, 2016
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Wed.-Sat., May 11-14 --- at MW Champs., Fresno, Calif., All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will continue its season next weekend at the Mountain West Championships, which will be held from Wednesday, May 11 through Saturday, May 14 in Fresno, Calif. The Aggie men and women both finished fourth at last year’s MW Outdoor Championships.
NTS --- at Boise State Invitational
NTS --- at Drake Relays
• Utah State’s track & field teams competed in their final meet before the Mountain West Championships last weekend at the Boise State-hosted Border Clash. Senior Maci Bingham continued to shine in the hammer by winning the event and recording a mark of 61.76m (202-7). Bingham also placed second in both the shot put and discus, tallying marks of 15.26m (50-00.75) and 47.53m (155-11), respectively. Brenn Flint, a freshman, finished just ahead of Bingham in the shot put, placing first with a distance of 15.50m (50-10.25), which is second all-time in USU history. Sophomore Olivia Moriconi placed fourth in the shot put, tossing a distance of 14.46m (47-5.25), which ranks ninth all-time in school history. Junior javelin thrower Mia Estes placed first with a personal-best distance of 49.51m (162-5), which ranks second in USU history, while freshman Madelyn Sirmon also turned in an impressive performance, launching the javelin a distance of 47.56m (156-00), which ranks third in school history. The men’s field unit featured a breakthrough performance by sophomore David Hirschmann in the shot put, as he recorded a heave of 17.77m (58-3.75), which ranks ninth all-time in USU history. Fellow thrower Kevin Allen placed second in the discus, recording a mark of 53.14m (174-4). The senior also placed second in the shot put and sixth in the hammer throw, achieving distances of 17.28m (56-8.50) and 53.51m (175-7), respectively. Devin Wright, a junior, captured a third-place finish in the javelin with a heave of 62.25m (204-3). The men’s tracksters were led by the middle-distance runners as the Aggies swept the 800m competition, as sophomore Clay Lambourne led the herd of Aggies by placing first with a time of 1:49.84. Fellow sophomores Jordan Beutler and Dillon Maggard finished second and third with times of 1:50.17 and 1:51.21, respectively. Freshman Adam Hendrickson added to the track unit’s efforts by placing first in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:21.64. On the women’s side, senior Kaitlyn Wilcox led the tracksters with a first-place finish in the 400m with a time of 55.93.
A small group of Utah State’s men’s track & field team competed at the Drake Relays last weekend, including senior stand-outs Parker Bluth and Nic Bowens, who both competed in the 100m. Unfortunately, neither of them were able to qualify for the finals. Bluth placed ninth with a time of 10.50 and Bowens placed 14th with a time of 10.59. The 4x100m relay team of Bluth, Bowens, junior AJ Boully, and senior Cole Lambourne made it to the finals and placed fourth with a time of 40.71, while the 4x400m relay team of sophomore Brady Martin, Bluth, Boully, and Lambourne placed second with a time of 3:06.96.
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Tues., May 10 --- BYU, 5 p.m.
Thur., May 12 --- NEVADA, 4 p.m.
Fri., May 13 --- NEVADA, 4 p.m.
Sat., May 14 --- NEVADA, 11 a.m.
• Utah State softball (25-23, 11-10) will conclude its 2016 season next week with four home games as it hosts BYU (30-17) in a non-conference game on Tuesday, May 10 at 5 p.m., before hosting Nevada (30-12, 8-7) in a three-game Mountain West series over the weekend. USU and UN will begin its series on Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m., followed by another game on Friday, May 13 at 4 p.m., before concluding the series on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. Every game next week will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network.
W, 10-8 (10) --- COLORADO STATE (DH)
L, 1-8; W, 4-3 --- COLORADO STATE
L, 4-5 --- at San Diego State
W, 3-0 --- at San Diego State
L, 6-8 --- at San Diego State
• Utah State posted a 3-3 Mountain West record last week as it went 2-1 at home against Colorado State (W 10-8, L 1-8, W 4-3), before going 1-2 at San Diego State (L 4-5, W 3-0, L 6-8). Five pitchers saw time in the circle for the Aggies, led by a 2-0 record from freshman Katie Schroeder. Offensively, junior first baseman Paxton Provost led the Aggies as she went 7-of-13 (.538) at the plate, including three home runs. Provost was also tops defensively on the week as she added 24 putouts.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
2016 Mountain West Championships, Las Vegas, Nev.
L, 2-4 --- vs. #8 Fresno State
• Utah State men’s tennis (21-8, 6-1) concluded its most successful season in school history last week with a 4-2 loss to eighth-seeded Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament, held in Las Vegas, Nev. Against the Bulldogs, the top-seeded Aggies lost the doubles point, however sophomore Andrew Nakajima and freshman Luis Lopez won at the second position (6-4). In singles, freshman Jonas Maier won at the No. 3 spot (4-6, 6-0, 6-0) and Lopez won at the No. 4 spot (6-2, 6-2). Also competing for USU were junior Jack Swindells, sophomore Jaime Barajas and freshman Samuel Serrano.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
2016 Mountain West Championships, Fort Collins, Colo.
W, 4-3--- vs. #8 Air Force
L, 0-4--- vs. #1 Fresno State
• Utah State women’s tennis (11-13, 2-3) concluded its 2016 season by advancing to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament as it defeated eighth-seeded Air Force, 4-3, in a first round match held in Laramie, Wyo., before falling to top-seeded and No. 47 Fresno State, 4-0, in the quarterfinals in Fort Collins, Colo. Against the Falcons, the Aggies lost the doubles point, but won four singles matches as junior Nini Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3)), junior Ekaterina Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 6-4), sophomore Maggie O’Meara won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 2-6, 6-4) and sophomore Meghan Lyall won at the No. 6 spot (6-2, 7-6 (8)). Against the Bulldogs, the Aggies lost the doubles point and the first three singles matches. Also competing for the Aggies were junior Lexi Turley, sophomore Sabrina Demerath and freshman Monika Van de Vondel.
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