May 23, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MAY 23, 2011
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Travis Hansen - (435) 512-5861
Thur.-Sat., May 26-28--- at NCAA Regional, Eugene, Ore, All Day
Thirteen members of Utah State's outdoor track and field team will return to action this week as it travels to Eugene, Ore., to compete in 14 events at the NCAA Championship West Region Preliminary First Round beginning on Thursday, May 26. Leading the way for Utah State men is senior high jumper Clint Silcock who sits at No. 6 in the region with a leap of 2.19m (7-02.25) from the BYU Twilight Invitational on May 4. Junior Joe Canavan is the next highest USU athlete at No. 15 in the shot put when he threw 17.93m (58-10.00) at the Utah State Mark Faldmo Invitational on April 16, while senior Jason Holt ranks at No.16 in the 800m with his WAC Championship time of 1:48.78. Holt remains undefeated in the 800m this season. Senior Armahd Lewis has the No. 19 spot in the 100m with his 10.41 time from the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational on April 23, along with sophomore Silas Pimentel at No. 42 in the same event with a time of 10.51 from the Sacramento State Mondo Invitational on April 9. Pimentel also ranks at No. 47 in the 200m with his 21.27 time at the Idaho-Utah Border Clash on April 30. Junior Daniel Howell has the 21st fastest time in the 3000m steeplechase when he ran 8:53.81 at the 2011 Mt. Sacs Relays on April 14. Joining Howell in the same event at No. 41 is senior Steven Atkinson with his most recent time at the 2011 WAC Outdoor Championships of 9:02.04. Senior Eric Larson is the final male Aggie to qualify for the Regional Preliminaries as he sits at No. 31 in the 1500m with a time of 3:45.79 which is a converted time from when he ran the mile at the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational on April 23 in 4:03.85. Larson also remains undefeated on the season in the 1500m. The Utah State women are led by junior distance runner Ruth Hilton at No. 34 in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:37.17 from the 2011 Mt. Sacs Relay on April 14 and freshman Kylie Hirschi in the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:00.04 from the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational on April 23. Two USU women sit at No. 46 in their event in junior Kim Quinn in the 5000m with her school record time of 16:43.51 from the Sacramento State Mondo Invitational on April 9 and senior Shannon Prince in the discus with a toss of 48.70m (158-09) also from the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Senior Ashlee Cannon rounds out the qualifying Aggies sitting at No. 47 in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.83 which she also ran at the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational.
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 totaled 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.
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