Jan. 18, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Utah State's men and women's track and field teams collected nine top-six finishes on Friday on the first day of the Cherry & Silver Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
Crossing the finish line with a second-place finish in the men's 200m was junior Silas Pimentel with a time of 21.58, along with sophomore Nic Bowens placing fifth (21.96) in the same event. Junior Bryce Hall took third-place in the weight throw with a mark of 18.30m (60-00.50) as sophomore Michael Cardinal followed closely and finished in fifth-place with a throw of 17.82m (58-05.75). Junior Xavier Williford cleared 2.04m (6-08.25) to take sixth-place on a judge's decision in the men's high jump.
On the women's side, sophomore high jumper Rachel Orr cleared 1.68m (5-06.00) to claim third-place on a judge's decision to lead the USU women in the event, while junior Keeley Eldredge and sophomore Melanie Heslop tabbed fifth and sixth-place finishes in the women's weight throw with tosses of 17.03m (55-10.50) and 15.83m (51:11.25), respectively. For Eldredge, the mark is a personal-best throw and also ranks her sixth all-time in school history for the event.
"We wanted to see where everybody was at because you always have first meet jitters at the beginning of the season," veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. "We had some great performances today, especially for this point in the season. On both the women and men's side I think we had some really good performances."
The men and women's 400m and mile races, as well as the women's 3,000m run had half of their scheduled heats compete on Friday and will conclude on Saturday with the final heats in each event. All places for those events are not final and are subject to change based on the results in the heats on Saturday. Action begins at 9 a.m. (MT) with the women's long jump and will conclude with the women's 4x400 relay at approximately 4:20 p.m.
Sophomore Ashley Robison won heat two of the women's 3,000m, breaking the tape with a time of 10:38.93. Robison will await to see the results of heat one that will take place on Saturday at 3:50 p.m. to see where she finishes in the final standings. Freshman Kelsey Girardelli also ran the 3,000m and crossed the finish line in third-place with a time of 10:54.43. Freshman Tylee Newman also started the season strong with a time of 5:05.80 and is currently in second-place in the women's mile.
Other Aggie women who finished their heats and will now wait for tomorrow's results include freshman Kaitlyn Wilcox who sits in third-place in the women's 400m with a time of 58.02 and fellow freshman Mikkel Minnoch who is in sixth-place (58.42) in the same event.
Live results for the Cherry & Silver Invitational is available for fans to follow the meet at www.liverunningresults.com. USU results will be posted to the Track & Field page at www.UtahStateAggies.com at the conclusion of the meet, along with a recap of all the events.
Fans can also follow Utah State Athletics, including Aggie track & field and cross country, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/USUAthletics.
UTAH STATE RESULTS CHERRY & SILVER INVITATIONAL ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. JANUARY 18, 2013
High Jump (finals) - 3. Rachel Orr, J1.68m (5-06.00); T-10. Jodi Williams, 1.63m (5-04.25); T-10. Mariah Thompson, 1.63m (5-04.25); T-15. Bri Campbell, 1.58m (5-02.25); T-23. Chelsey Taylor, 1.53m (5-00.25); 30. McKenzie Johnson, J1.48m (4-10.25); 31. Trish Adams, 1.38m (4-06.25)
Weight Throw (finals) - 5. Keeley Eldredge, 17.03m 55-10.50; 6. Melanie Heslop, 15.83m 51-11.25; 23. Julia Klingler, 11.51m 37-09.25; 24. Abby Andrews, 11.50m (37-08.75) MEN: 200m (finals) - 2. Silas Pimentel, 21.58; 5. Nic Bowens, 21.96; 7. Cole Lambourne, 22.02; 18. Jacob Bautista Jr., 22.65
High Jump (finals)- 6. Xavier Williford, J2.04m (6-08.25); T-7. Skyler Duke, 1.99m (6-06.25)
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