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Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's spring sports will continue next week as its men's and women's track and field teams host the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Utah State's spring sports will continue next week as its men's and women's track and field teams host the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

May 4, 2009

LOGAN, Utah -

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MAY 4, 2009

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

Last Week
4th/9 --- at WAC Championships, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Senior Toph Peterson shot a three-under par 69 to lead Utah State to a fourth-place team finish during the final round of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference men's golf championships held at the Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev. The fourth-place finish for USU is its best conference tournament finish since the 1997 Aggie team also finished fourth at the Big West Championships. Peterson, who had five birdies and two bogeys in his final round to tie his collegiate low round, helped Utah State finish one stroke ahead of Nevada for fourth-place as USU shot a 27-over 891, while Nevada shot a 28-over 892. Both teams entered the final round tied for fourth-place with identical scores of 596. Seniors Devin Daniels and Tyler Labrum tied for ninth overall for Utah State as both players finished the tournament with four-over 220's as Daniels carded rounds of 74, 71 and 75, while Labrum had rounds of 69, 77 and 74. Sophomore Tyson McFarland finished tied for 22nd for Utah State with an 11-over 227 (72-75-80), while Peterson finished tied for 35th with a 19-over 235 (78-88-69). Senior Thad Truman also competed for USU and finished in 39th with a 21-over 237 (80-80-77). The 2009 WAC Championship concludes the spring season for Utah State.

SOFTBALL
Contact: Kara Irving - (435) 797-1361

Last Week
L, 0-10; L, 0-9 --- FRESNO STATE
• Utah State went 0-2 last week as it lost a pair of home games to Fresno State by scores of 10-0 and 9-0. The third game of the series was canceled due to rain. Against the Bulldogs, USU was led by sophomore outfielder Megan McDonald who hit .333 in the series as she was 1-of-3 at the plate. She also added four putouts and one assist in the field during the two games. USU ends its season with a 10-37 record, including a 3-17 mark in the Western Athletic Conference.

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Jackie Banda - (435) 797-8584

Next Week
Wed.-Sat., May 13-16 --- WAC CHAMPIONSHIPS, All Day
• Utah State's men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will take the week off in preparation for the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan from Wednesday, May 13 through Saturday, May 16.

Last Week
NTS --- at Last Chance Meet, Provo, Utah
• Utah State men's and women's track and field teams each tabbed six event titles at the BYU Invitational Tri-Meet on Friday. Aggies had a total of 12 first-places and 18 new personal records were set at BYU's Robison Track in Provo. Collecting first-place finishes for the men was freshman Bryce Hall (shot put), sophomore Clint Silcock (high jump), junior Dylan Nielson (110h), junior Dusty Ott (javelin), senior Blake Hadfield (long jump) and senior Nick Karren (400h). The first-place finishes on the women's side included freshman Spela Hus (shot put), junior Ashlee Cannon (100h), senior Tara Picket (high jump) senior Krista Larson (hammer) and both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Hall captured the title in the shot put with a new PR of 56-09.00 (17.30m). Hall's distance is an NCAA regional qualifying mark and is second in the Western Athletic Conference. Hall took third in the discus with a toss of 163-04.25 (49.79m) setting a second PR in the meet. Hall tabbed another third-place in the hammer throw at 167-06.25 (51.06). Karren tabbed first-place in the 400m hurdles with a career-best and NCAA regional qualifying time of 50.73. Karren's time is the fourth fastest in Utah State history. Ott won the men's javelin with a new PR of 210-09.50 (64.25m). Silcock took first in the men's high jump clearing 6-11.75 (2.10m) which is a new PR. Nielson won the 110m hurdles clocking in at 14.39. Sophomore Blake Bolen also had a new PR in the event finishing in 14.79 tabbing fourth-place. Hadfield took first-place in the long jump at 23-00.50 (7.02m). Senior John Strang took third in the event with a new season-best at 22-07.75 (6.90m). Junior Casey Parker additionally set a new PR in the long jump at 21-03.50 (6.49m) in ninth-place. Hadfield also took second in the triple jump with a new season best of 48-02.25 (14.69m). Tabbing another first-place title was freshman Spela Hus in the shot put with a distance of 47-02.25 (14.38m). Junior Cortnie Broads set a new PR in the event at 38-09.50 (11.80m). Junior Ashlee Cannon had a new season-best in the 100m hurdles clocking in at 14.06. Sophomore Heidi Hopkins also had a new season-best in the event at 14.62 placing her fifth in the event. Senior Tara Pickett tied her PR in the high jump clearing 5-07.00 (1.70m) and taking first-place. Senior Krista Larson took first-place in the hammer with a distance of 190-07.75 (58.11m), while Hus set a new PR in the event at 142-00.25 (43.29m) tabbing sixth-place. Utah State's 4x100 relay team took first-place with a season-best time of 46.06, which is also a new fourth-fastest in Utah State school history. Utah State's 4x400 relay team also took first place clocking in at 3:45.39. Also doing well for the men was senior Brandon Waller who set a new PR in the 400m clocking in at 48.68 in fourth-place. Sophomore Dexter Summers also had a new PR clocking in at 52.25 in seventh-place. Senior Blake Bolen set a new PR in the 100m clocking in at 11.03 in third-place. In the 800m, junior Heath Wing set a new PR clocking in at 1:55.60 in fourth-place. Senior Ben Kessen had a new season-best time in the 1,500m clocking in at 3:56.29 in fourth-place. Junior Lukasz Wicha set a new PR in the 200m clocking in at 22.50 in fifth-place. Freshman John Johnson tied his current PR in the pole vault clearing 15-07.00 (4.75m) landing him in fifth-place. Other women doing well for the Aggies included junior Elaine Connolly who set a new PR in the 400m clocking in at 55.25 in second-place and following close behind was sophomore Katelyn Jensen at 56.86 in third-place. Sophomore Maria Halton tabbed second in the 200m with a new PR of 24.52. Cannon tied her current PR in the event taking fifth at 25.09, Junior Alexis Meyer set a new PR in the 800m clocking in at 2:24.02. Also setting a new PR was freshman Julia Stewart in the triple jump at 35-10.25 (10.93m). In the women's discus junior Shannon Prince tabbed second-place with a distance of 151-02.50 (46.09m), while sophomore Brooke McNaughton tabbed sixth-place with a new PR of 128-00.25 (39.02m). Freshman Ruth Hilton took second in the 3,000sc at 11:00.47. Senior Kaylene Gastaldi had a new season-best in the 100m finishing in sixth-place at 12.50. Gastaldi also had a new season-best in the pole vault clearing 12-01.75 (3.70m).At the Ohio State Jesse Owens Track Classic on Friday, junior Steve Strickland improved on his school record time and ran the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this season in the 3,000m steeplechase finishing the race in 8:42.71.

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