Feb. 2, 2013
NAMPA, Idaho - Utah State's men and women's track and field teams won four events Saturday as part of 18 top-three finishes at Boise State's Bronco Classic at Jackson Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
Sophomore Jodi Williams led the way for the USU women as she cleared a personal-best 1.75m (5-08.750) to win the high jump. The height ranks Williams first in the Western Athletic Conference this season, while also entering a four-way tie for third-place in school history. Fellow sophomores Travis Johnson and Kade Jensen paced the Aggie men with event victories in the triple jump and 3,000m, respectively. Johnson jumped 14.15m (46-05.25) as he also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 6.69m (21-11.50), while Jensen clocked a time of 8:43.24 in his winning effort. The men's 4x400m relay team also placed first with a time of 3:20.02. The team consisted of freshmen Jacob Bautista Jr., Cole Lambourne and Kalon Weston, along with sophomore Dan Mosman.
"The thing I told the athletes was they have got to start doing the things to show me that they want to go to the WAC Championships and I really think the athletes responded," veteran Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel said. "We had a lot of performances that were life-bests, personal-bests or top-six finishes as well as some event victories. Little by little, we are getting there. You want to see progress and see the athletes get better and I think that we have our team progressing and moving forward to what we want to do."
Placing second for the Utah State women in their respective events included seniors Bri Campbell in the 60m hurdles (8.70) and Alex Litzsinger in the mile (4:56.12), along with the 4x400m relay team (3:51.79), which consisted of sophomore Laycee Elliott, senior Hollie Bosworth as well as freshmen Mikkell Minnoch and Kaitlyn Wilcox. Sophomore Rachel Orr and junior Keeley Eldredge each tabbed third-place finishes with Orr clearing 1.70m (5-07.00) in the high jump and Eldredge setting a personal-best mark of 17.08m (56-00.50) in the weight throw.
Sophomore Nic Bowens garnered second-place honors in both the men's 60m and 200m races with personal-best times of 6.80 and 21.45, respectively. Bowens is now tied for sixth-place in the 60m in school history, while also ranking sixth in the 200m. Senior Jon Goble also tabbed a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a personal-best time of 8.21. Sophomore Michael Cardinal and junior Bryce Hall rounded out the runner-ups for the Aggie men as Cardinal threw a personal-best of 17.01m (55-09.75) in the shot put and Hall ended the day with a toss of 17.67m (57-11.75) in the weight throw. Hall also finished third in the shot put with a mark of 15.24m (50-00.00).
Action continue next weekend, Friday and Saturday February 8-9, as the Aggies will send athletes to three different meets. Utah State will compete in the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho as well as the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. and the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.
The 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships will also be held in Albuquerque, N.M. on Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 21-23. USU is competing in its final year in the WAC before joining the Mountain West Conference later this year.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS BRONCO CLASSIC NAMPA, IDAHO FEBRUARY 2, 2013
60m (finals) - 11. Bethany King, 8.10
60m Hurdles (prelims) - 4. Cree Phillips Taylor, 9.12q; 5. Bri Campbell, 9.14q; 18. Aubriann Bosen, 9.66; 19. Laycee Elliott, 9.80; Trish Adams, 9.82; 23. McKenzie Johnson, 9.88; 26. Addie Bedke, 10.17
Mile (finals) - 2. Alex Litzsinger, 4:56.12
High Jump (finals) - 1. Jodi Williams, 1.75m (5-08.75); 3. Rachel Orr, J1.70m (5-07.00); 4. Mariah Thompson, 1.65m (5-05.00); 6. Bri Campbell, 1.55m (5-01.00); 11. Chelsey Taylor, J1.50m (4-11.00); Daphne Jones, NH
Pole Vault (finals) - Jeni Christensen, NH
Shot Put (finals) - 5. Melanie Heslop, 12.11m (39-08.75); 9. Keeley Eldredge, 11.36m (37-03.25); 15. Abby Andrews, 9.70m (31-10.00); T-16. Trish Adams, 9.63m (31-07.25); T-16. McKenzie Johnson, 9.63m (31-07.25); 20. Daphne Jones, 9.09m (29-10.00); 21. Cree Phillips Taylor, 8.67m (28-05.50)
Weight Throw (finals) - 3. Keeley Eldredge, 17.08m (56-00.50); 6. Melanie Heslop, 16.40m (53-09.75); 18. Julia Klingler, 12.13m (39-09.75); T-19. Abby Andrews, 12.06m (39-07.00) MEN: 60m (prelims) - T-2. Nic Bowens, 6.90q; 4. Will Henry, 6.92q; 17. Kevin Brough, 7.55; 24. Tyler Stephens, 7.71
Mile (finals) - 16. Jacob Barton, 4:28.55
Long Jump (finals) - 2. Travis Johnson, 6.69m (21-11.50); 9. Camden Gillins, 6.15m (20-02.25); 10. Kenny Hamlett, 6.04m (19-09.75); 14. Jon Goble, 5.81m (19-00.75); 15. Tanner Clark, 5.78m (18-11.75); 16. Sam Hawkins, 5.65m (18-06.50)
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