May 9, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MAY 9, 2011
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Wed.-Sat., May 11-14--- at WAC Championships, Honolulu, All Day
Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will travel to Honolulu this week to compete in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Aggie men are the two-time defending WAC Outdoor Champions, while the Aggie women have placed fourth each of the last three years.
NTS --- at BYU Twilight Invitational
Utah State track and field senior men's high jumper Clint Silcock and freshman women's sprinter Kylie Hirschi each won their event on Wednesday to lead the USU men and women to respective second and third-place finishes at the Twilight Invitational at Clarence F. Robison Track in Provo, Utah. Silcock cleared the bar in the high jump with his season-best mark of 2.19m (7-02.25), which also stands as the Western Athletic Conference season-best jump in the event. Hirschi won the 400m hurdles for the fourth time in the last five meets as she crossed the finish line with a time of 1:00.96 just ahead of seniors Heidi Peterson in second (1:01.55) and Camille Fehlberg in fifth (1:02.98). The Aggies placed athletes in the top five in 21 other events on the day, with multiple personal-best marks as well as several Utah State school history top 10 rankings. For the women, senior Ashlee Cannon took third in the 100m hurdles (13.85) and fifth in the 100m (12.15), while fellow senior Alexis Meyer finished third in the 800m (2:15.59). Freshman Candace Moyes and junior Rachelle St. Jeor took home third-place honors in the triple jump and pole vault with personal-best marks of 11.01m (36-01.50) and 3.80m (12-05.50), respectively. The Utah State women's 4x100m relay team ended up in second-place with a time of 46.85. USU's men had four athletes take second including seniors James Allred in the 800m (1:52.14) and Eric Larson in the mile (4:09.11) along with freshman AJ Boully in the 110m hurdles (14.84) and sophomore Kenny Hamlett in the triple jump with a leap of 14.90m (48-10.50). Hamlett's mark put him in the school record books ranking at No. 4, less than eight inches from Jessie Jefferson's No. 3 mark of 14.92m set in 1968. Joining Boully in the top five in the 110m hurdles were freshman Jake Peterson and sophomore Jordan McMurray taking third (15.02) and fifth (15.46), respectively. Peterson also finished fourth in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.44. In the 3000m steeplechase, freshman David Cluff placed third with a 10:11.10 time, while Jeff Taylor was fourth finishing with a 10:19.05. Other Aggie men in the top five included freshman Mikey Payne taking fourth in the 100m (10.72) as senior Alex DuPlessis threw a season-best mark in the javelin of 53.13m (174-03.75), collecting fourth-place. Sophomore Kendale Hamlett rounded out the top five as he received a fifth-place accolade in the long jump with his second-best jump of the season at 6.47m (21-02.75).
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Wed.-Sat., May 11-14 --- at WAC Championships, Fresno, Calif.
Wed., May 11 --- vs. Hawai'i, 5:30 p.m.
Utah State's softball team (15-40, 8-13) is the fifth-seed in this week's WAC Tournament, held in Fresno, Calif., and will begin the double-elimination tournament against fourth-seeded Hawai'i (36-16, 14-7) on Wednesday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. (MT).
L, 1-7; L, 6-13 --- LOUISIANA TECH
W, 11-10 (8) --- LOUISIANA TECH
Senior outfielder Megan McDonald helped secure Utah State a spot in the upcoming WAC Tournament as the Aggies went 1-2 against Louisiana Tech in Logan last weekend. In USU's 7-1 loss to the Lady Techsters, McDonald went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice. In the Aggies 13-6 loss to LTU, the senior was a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run and a walk. And in the series finale 11-10 eight inning win, McDonald was 1-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks. For the week, McDonald hit .625 (5-for-8) with four runs scored and one RBI.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
9th/9 --- at WAC Championship, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sophomore Brendan Dennis shot a 7-over 79 during his final round at the 2011 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference men's golf championship to finish tied for 32nd with an 18-over 234 (74-81-79). Utah State finished in ninth-place as a team with an 86-over 950 (301-318-331). Dennis shot a 3-over 39 with a bogey and double-bogey on his front nine during his final round, and then had two bogeys and another double-bogey on the back nine for his 7-over 79. Senior Benjamin Schilleman began his final round tied for 11th, but finished tied for 39th after shooting an 18-over 90 Wednesday to end the tournament with a 24-over 240 (73-77-90). Junior Austin French shot a 10-over 82 during his final round to tie for 39th as well with a 24-over 240 (79-79-82). Junior Chanse Godderidge finished in 43rd-place with a 30-over 246 (81-81-84), and senior Tyson McFarland shot a final round 14-over 86 (75-0-86).
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