Simmons and Hawkins Lead the Way as Utah State Track and Field Opens Indoor Season with 21 Top-Five Finishes at Lobo Collegiate Invite
In the first meet of her collegiate career freshman Cierra Simmons brought home a first-place finish in the mile run.

Jan. 18, 2014

Albuquerque, N.M. -


Utah State's men and women's track & field teams kicked off the 2014 indoor campaign with a strong showing at the University of New Mexico hosted Lobo Collegiate Invite held Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. In all, USU collected 21 top-five finishes at the inaugural meet of the season.

Junior Chari Hawkins built off of her strong sophomore season by clearing 1.80m (5-10.75) en route to winning the high jump. In doing so, Hawkins set a new personal best and tied with Amanda Hopkins for the second-best mark in school-history. In addition to winning the high jump, Hawkins set a personal-record and grabbed the second best spot in school-history in the 60m hurdles, finishing in fifth with a time of 8.54.  Junior Rachel Orr put in her own impressive performance in the high jump, placing second with a mark of 1.71m (5-07.25).

"We had a pretty good meet. We had a lot of people competing in their first collegiate competition and we had a lot of great performances overall, highlighted by Chari Hawkins in the high jump with one of the tops jumps in the nation to date. We feel like we're off to a great start," said Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel.

The USU women dominated the mile run, taking three of the four top spots, including the top two. Freshman Cierra Simmons opened her collegiate career by winning the mile with a time of 5:03.03. Fellow freshman Tori Parkinson (5:06.05) and junior Brittany Bushman (5:16.33) weren't far behind, placing second and fourth, respectively.



Junior Melanie Heslop (13.19m/43-03.25) and sophomore Maci Bingham (13.08m/42-11.00) kept things going for the Aggie women with second and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the shot put. Senior Keeley Eldredge placed second in the weight throw with a mark of 17.22m (56-06.00) and junior Melanie Heslop followed with a throw of 15.95m (52-04.00), good for fifth.

For the Aggie men, senior Bryce Hall led the way in the weight throw with a toss of 18.11m (59-05.00) and a second-place finish, while junior Michael Cardinal (16.97m/55-08.25) and sophomore Kevin Allen (15.65m/51-04.25) earned the third and fifth-spots, respectively. Sophomores Briton Page (1:51.29) and Cole Lambourne (48.25) also earned second-place finishes, running in the 800m and 400m, respectively.

Senior Alex Williford Jr. tied five others for third in the high jump with a jump of 2.00m (6-06.75) and fellow senior Silas Pimentel chipped in with a third-place finish in the 200m with a time of 21.64. Sophomore Parker Bluth finished right behind the Brazilian, finishing one 100th of a second behind for fourth-place. Juniors Nic Bowens and Eric Shellhorn wrapped up the top performances for USU by turning in fifth-place performances in the 60m dash and 800m with times of 6.74 and 1:53.33, respectively.

Utah State indoor track & field action continues next weekend, Friday and Saturday, January 24-25 as the Aggies travel to Nampa, Idaho for the Jacksons Invitational.

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60m (prelims) - 12. Brittany Rawlins, 7.88; 16. Bailee Whitworth, 7.97; 20. Bethany King, 8.10; 23. Kayla Lee, 8.46

200m (finals) - 16. Bailee Whitworth, 25.35; 21. Chalese West, 25.82; 22. Kaitlyn Wilcox, 25.90; 24. Mikkell Minnoch, 26.11; T-25. Brittany Rawlins, 26.12; 33. Bethany King, 26.79

400m (finals) - 3. Kaitlyn Wilcox, 57.53; 5. Kylie Ross, 58.06; 7. Mikkell Minnoch, 58.24; 10. Chalese West, 59.49; 11. Laycee Elliott, 59.64; 13. Jensen Williams, 59.95

800m (finals) - 9. Brooke Rawlins, 2:18.67; 17. Annie Orr, 2:23.84; 19. Heather Simpson, 2:25.98

Mile Run - 1. Cierra Simmons, 5:03.03; 2. Tori Parkinson, 5:06.05; 4. Brittany Bushman, 5:16.33; 7. Karlee Deeter, 5:23.01; 15. Tessa Brown, 5:50.59

60m Hurdles (prelims) - 5. Chari Hawkins, 8.65q; 18. Laycee Elliott, 9.34; 24. McKenzie Johnson, 10.00

60m Hurdles (finals) - 5. Chari Hawkins, 8.54

High Jump (finals)- 1. Chari Hawkins, 1.80m (5-10.75); 3. Rachel Orr, 1.71m (5-07.25); T-10. Bethani Talbot, 1.55m (5-01.00); T-13. Katelyn Zabriskie, 1.50m (4-11.00); Chelsey Taylor, NH; Mitzi Munns, NH

Long Jump (finals) - 6. Daphne Jones, 5.62m (18-05.25); 16. Bethani Talbot, 5.06m (16-07.25); T-18. Kayla Lee, 4.92m (16-01.75); T-18. Anna Maki, 4.92m (16-01.75); 20. McKenzie Johnson, 4.84m (15-10.50)

Shot Put (finals) - 2. Melanie Heslop, 13.19m (43-03.25); 4. Maci Bingham, 13.08m (42-11.00); 8. Keeley Eldredge, 12.64m (41-05.75); 19. Shelby Jordan, 10.62m (34-10.25)

Weight Throw (finals) - 2. Keeley Eldredge, 17.22m (56-06.00); 5. Melanie Heslop, 15.95m (52-04.00); 10. Julia Klingler, 13.42m (44-00.50); 12. Shelby Jordan, 13.30m (43-07.75); 16. Abby Andrews, 12.19m (40-00.00); Maci Bingham, ND


60m (prelims) - 7. Parker Bluth, 6.80q; 8. Nic Bowens, 6.82q; 12. Silas Pimentel, 6.88; 14. Jacob Bautista Jr., 6.93; 15. CJ O'Neal, 6.96; 22. Nick Steingreaber 7.13; 30. Bradford Strobell, 7.44

60m (finals) - 5. Nic Bowens, 6.74; 7. Parker Bluth, 6.82

200m (finals) - 3. Silas Pimentel, 21.64; 4. Parker Bluth, 21.65; 7. Jacob Bautista Jr., 22.02; 15. Dallas Hoofard, 22.56; 19. Austin Groll, 23.11; 20. Bradford Strobell, 23.12; 21. Nick Steingreaber, 23.19; 24. Alec Willard, 23.50

400m (finals) - 2. Cole Lambourne, 48.25; 8. Austin Groll, 49.67; 10. Kalon Weston, 50.40; 12. Tanner Hunt, 50.79

800m (finals) - 2. Briton Page, 1:51.29; 5. Eric Shellhorn, 1:53.33; 8. Spencer Russell, 1:53.74; 12. Austin Orr, 1:58.06

Mile Run (finals) - 13. Erich Olschewski, 4:40.43

60m Hurdles (prelims) - 8. Dan Mosman, 8.58q; 9. Alec Willard, 8.59; 10. Kalon Weston, 8.70; 11. Dallas Hoofard, 8.73

60m Hurdles (finals) - 8. Dan Mosman, 8.54

High Jump (finals) - T-3. Xavier Williford Jr., 2.00m (6-06.75); 9. Bradford Strobell, 1.85m (6-00.75); Dan Mosman, NH

Long Jump (finals) - 14. Kenny Hamlett, 6.42m (21-00.75); 15. Travis Johnson, 6.33m (20-09.25); 16. CJ O'Neal, 6.20m (20-04.25); 17. Kevin Brough, 5.77m (18-11.25)

Weight Throw (finals) - 2. Bryce Hall, 18.11m (59-05.00); 3. Michael Cardinal, 16.97m (55-08.25); 5. Kevin Allen, 15.65m (51-04.25)


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