SEATTLE, Wash. - Utah State's distance runners shined against elite distance competition as the Aggies broke a pair of school records at the Washington Invitational, held Friday and Saturday, at Dempsey Indoor.
"Great improvements overall against some great competition," said veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel. "We had great performances at both meets today."
Utah State's distance corps excelled in a big way as junior Dillon Maggard and sophomore Cierra Simmons set school records in the mile and 3,000m, respectively. Maggard finished fourth and recorded a time of 4:01.68, surpassing the previous record of 4:02.17 set in 1998 by Shane Bingham. Simmons placed 30th and clocked a time of 9:38.11, besting the previous time of 9:41.22 set by Alex Litzsinger in 2013.
Junior Clay Lambourne placed second in the men's 800m with a time of 1:50.37, while freshman Brody Smith placed 29th in the men's 3,000m with a time of 8:20.08, which ranks seventh all-time in USU history.
On the women's side, sophomore
Freshman Elli Eastmond finished 18th in the 800m with a time of 2:12.57, which ranks sixth in USU history.
In other women's competition, junior Tylee Newman-Skinner finished 20th in the mile with a time of 4:53.02. Newman-Skinner currently ranks third all-time in school history in the mile with a time of 4:47.97.
Utah State track & field returns to action next Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2-3., at the Boise State-hosted Jacksons/New Balance Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.
The Mountain West Indoor Championships will be held in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 23-25, just 13 days before the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS
January 27-28, 2017
Utah State's Women's Results:
800m (finals) -- 18. Elli Eastmond, 2:12.57.
Mile (finals) -- 20. Tylee Newman, 4:53.02; 36. LeAnn Larkin, 4:57.31; 19. Tori Parkinson, 4:59.16.
3,000m (finals) -- 30. Cierra Simmons, 9:38.11; 31. Kashley Carter, 9:38.21; 41. Kelsey Yamauchi, 9:45.65.
5,000m (finals) -- 33. Jackie Heaps, 17:46.28.
Utah State's Men's Results:
800m (finals) -- 2. Clay Lambourne, 1:50.37; 15. Jordan Beutler, 1:52.50.
Mile (finals) -- 4. Dillon Maggard, 4:01.68
3,000m (finals) -- 29. Brody Smith, 8:20.08;
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