Weekly Aggie Update
Utah State's spring sports continue this week with men's and women's outdoor track & field sending 18 athletes to the first round of the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.
May 22, 2017

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WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MAY 22, 2017

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361

This Week
Thur.-Sat., May 25-27 --- at NCAA Champs., Austin, Texas, All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will continue its season this weekend as 18 qualifying individuals will compete in the first round of the NCAA Championships, which will be held from Thursday through Saturday, May 25-27, in Austin, Texas.

Last Competition
M: 3/7; W: 8/11 --- MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Utah State won four gold medals during the 2017 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held last weekend in Logan, Utah, as the Aggie men finished third with 133 points, while the Aggie women finished eighth with 42.50 points. Redshirt freshman Sindri Gudmundsson launched the javelin for a distance of 77.19m (253-3), shattering the all-time Mountain West conference record, school record and stadium record in that event. His javelin mark ranks third-best in the nation this season. Gudmundsson was not alone as senior Devin Wright placed third in the javelin with a personal-best toss of 67.84m (222-07), which also ranks third all-time in school history. Junior David Hirschmann became the first-ever Mountain West discus champion in USU history as he won the event with a personal-best mark of 53.33m (175-0). In other throwing events, sophomore Brenn Flint struck silver in the women’s shot put with a mark of 15.57m (51-1). Junior teammate Olivia Moriconi provided excellent support, finishing third in the shot put with a distance of 15.11m (49-7). The men’s shot put also went well for the Aggies, as Hirschmann placed third with a toss of 17.58m (57-8.25). Senior AJ Boully racked up the medals, with victories in the 400m hurdles (49.48) and 4x400m relay (3:05.53), while finishing runner-up in the 110m hurdles (13.91). His times in the 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles were both personal bests and rank second and third all-time in school history, respectively. Boully’s 400m hurdles time is also a Mountain West Championship record. Boully, accompanied by senior Joshua Gordon, junior Brady Martin and freshman Michael Bluth, claimed Utah State’s fourth-straight Mountain West title in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:05.53, which is both a Mountain West Championships and Ralph Maughan Track Stadium record. Another Aggie relay team to medal was the men’s 4x100m squad. The quartet of Gordon, freshman Garen Earley, sophomore Nick Ashby and freshman Junior Tovar placed third with a time of 41.18. Sophomore Samuel Wing also placed in the men’s 400m hurdles, taking third with a personal-best time of 51.35, which ranks eighth all-time in USU history. Junior Clay Lambourne earned a silver medal in a loaded field of middle-distance talent, clocking a time of 1:48.07. Junior Dillon Maggard shined in a star-studded field in the men’s 1,500m, finishing runner-up with a time of 3:47.55. Maggard also placed fifth in the 5,000m, recording a time of 15:23.10. Junior Tylee Newman-Skinner led the Aggie women’s efforts on the track, capturing third-place in the 1,500m with a time of 4:27.23.

SOFTBALL
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547

Last Week
2017 National Softball Invitational Championships, Ogden, Utah
W, 8-0 (5) --- vs. San Diego
L, 0-2 --- at Weber State
L, 2-10 (6) --- vs. Boise State
• Utah State’s softball team (33-18, 14-9 MW) wrapped up its 2017 season last week as it went 1-2 in tournament play at the National Invitational Softball Championship, hosted by Weber State in Ogden, Utah. The Aggies opened the Regional Round with a five-inning 8-0 win against San Diego. Utah State was eliminated on the second day of competition after falling to Weber State (2-0) and Boise State (10-2 (6)). Junior catcher Brina Buttacavoli led the Aggies at the plate, where she went 4-for-6 (.667) on the week, along with three RBIs. Senior first baseman Paxton Provost was tops defensively, tallying 18 putouts. Utah State utilized three pitchers during the tournament, with freshman Kellie White leading the group with a 1.35 ERA and a 1-1 individual record. In all, the Aggies allowed 23 hits and 12 runs while tallying 10 strikeouts and walking two batters.

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