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

May 5, 2008

LOGAN, Utah -

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OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD Contact: Zach Fisher - (435) 797-2066

Last Week NTS --- at Boise State Twilight

This Week Wed., May 7 --- at Utah Collegiate Challenge, Salt Lake City, Utah

• Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will travel to Salt Lake City on Wednesday, May 7 to compete in the Utah Collegiate Challenge, its last meet before the 2008 WAC Championships which will be held in Boise, Idaho from May 14-17. Last week, Utah State had five individual winners and 14 top three finishes at the Boise State Twilight meet. The USU women posted two winners as part of eight top three finishers while the Aggie men tallied three winners as part of six top three performers. Leading the way for the Aggie women was junior Katie Thatcher who won the 400 meter hurdles with an NCAA regional qualifying time of 1:00.23, while freshman Katelyn Jensen won the 400 meter dash in a 56.70 time. Other Aggie women highlights included freshman Sonia Grabowska improving her NCAA regional qualifying mark in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-1.50, placing fourth and matching the second-best mark in the WAC. The Aggie men had three winners in senior Dasheek Akwenye breaking the tape in the 400 meters with a 47.68 time, while junior Keith Williams won the 400 meter hurdles with a 53.35 time. Sophomore Jason Holt capped the winners with a winning time of 1:54.41 in the 800. Other USU men highlights included junior John Strang's high jump clearance of 6-10.75. Strang cleared the same height as the winner, but got second on misses. The 6-10.75 ties the ninth-best mark in school history.

Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714

Last Week T8th/9 --- at WAC Championships, San Jose, Calif.

• Utah State's men's golf team concluded its 2008 season at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in San Jose, Calif, tying with Hawai'i for eighth-place as both teams finished with scores of 948. Junior Devin Daniels was Utah State's top individual performer as he finished 19th with a 16-over par 232 after shooting an eight-over 80 in the final round. Senior Jeremy Pack carded a team-best five-over 77 in the final round to finish in 28th-place with a 20-over 236, while junior Toph Peterson shot a nine-over 81 in the final round to finish 33rd overall at 25-over (241). Junior Tyler Labrum and freshman Dan Heath rounded out the Aggie scoring finishing in 38th and tied for 39th individually with scores of 245 and 246, respectively.

Contact: Ashley McWilliams - (435) 797-1361

Last Week L, 2-5 - L, 0-3 --- at Hawai'i L, 0-5 --- at Hawai'i

This Week Wed.-Sun., May 7-11 --- WAC Tournament, Honolulu, Hawai'i Wed., May 7 --- vs. San Jose State, 6 p.m. Thur., May 8 --- vs. TBA

• Utah State's softball team (14-32, 2-15) will be the seventh-seed in this week's 2008 Western Athletic Conference Softball Tournament held in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and the Aggies will begin play against sixth-seeded San Jose State (25-33, 5-13) on Wednesday, May 7 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU won two of three games versus the Spartans during the regular season. Last weekend, USU concluded its regular season with three losses at Hawai'i by scores of 5-2, 3-0 and 5-0. Sophomore center fielder Emily Reilly led the Aggies at Hawai'i, as she hit .500 (4-8) in the series and posted a slugging percentage of .625 and an on-base percentage of .556. In the first game she went two-for-three with a run scored and then went two-for-three in game three. As a team, Utah State is hitting .269 on the season as compared to a .324 batting average for its opponents. USU also has a team ERA of 5.11 this year, while its opponents ERA is 3.65.
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