May 16, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MAY 16, 2011
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Thur.-Sat., May 26-28--- at NCAA Regional, Eugene, Ore, All Day
Utah State's outdoor track and field teams will return to action next week as it travels to Eugene, Ore., to compete in the NCAA Regional beginning on Thursday, May 26.
M: 1/5; W: 2/8 --- at WAC Championships, Honolulu
Utah State men's track and field team won the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship in Honolulu with 180 points, making it the third straight title and fourth in the last five years. The women's team took second behind Louisiana Tech who has won seven straight championships and 13 of the last 14. For the women, the second-place finish is the highest they have earned in the WAC as well as the highest since 2001 when they also placed second in the Big West Conference. The Aggie men amassed 180 points to win the title, outdistancing traditional rival Boise State (169.33 points). Louisiana Tech was third with 123 points, followed by Fresno State (89.33) and Idaho (85.33). USU's women totalled 138 points, finishing behind Louisiana Tech's winning 152 points. Nevada, who led after the third day of competition, finished third with 125.5 points, followed by Fresno State (92), Idaho (91), New Mexico State (82), Boise State (69) and Hawai'i (65.5). Individual awards were voted on by all the coaches in the conference at the end of the championships. USU freshman Chari Hawkins was named the Women's Freshman of the Year while senior Jason Holt garnered the Men's Co-Outstanding Track Performer of the meet along with USU veteran head coach Gregg Gensel claiming his third straight Men's Coach of the Year and fourth in the last five years. Winning individual WAC titles for the Aggie men were the senior trio of Holt (800m), Eric Larson (1500m) and Clint Silcock (high jump) along with freshman AJ Boully (400m hurdles). USU women title winners were junior Ruth Hilton (3000sc) and Hawkins (heptathlon). Boully helped stretch the Aggies' dominance in the 400m hurdles as Utah State has now won five-straight WAC titles in that event. Joining Boully in those five wins were Nick Karren (2007, 2009 and 2010) and Keith Williams (2008). Silcock won his second-straight high jump title while Holt, Larson, Hawkins and Hilton all won their first WAC outdoor title.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
2011 WAC Tournament, Fresno, Calif.
L, 1-6 --- vs. #4 Hawai'i
L, 1-4 --- vs. #6 Louisiana Tech
Freshman second baseman Kassandra Uchida was the top hitter at the WAC Tournament for fifth-seeded Utah State as it lost to fourth-seeded Hawai'i (6-1) and sixth-seeded Louisiana Tech (4-1). Against UH, the utility player went 2-for-2 with her first collegiate triple and one run scored. Against LTU, she was 1-for-3 as USU was eliminated from the tournament. For the tournament, Uchida hit .600 (3-for-5) with a .667 on base percentage and did not commit an error.
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