Feb. 8, 2014
Logan, Utah -
Utah State grabbed the top three places in both the 60m dash and the shot put as part of 22 top-three finishes at the Boise State hosted Bronco Invitational held Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
Junior Nic Bowens grabbed the top spot in the 60m with a time of 6.72 and was followed by seniors Silas Pimentel (6.84) and Jacob Bautista Jr. (6.88), respectively, for second and third. Bowens also collected the title in the 200m, finishing in 21.33. Sophomore Cole Lambourne finished right behind Bowens, placing second after crossing the finish line in 21.62.
Senior Bryce Hall won the shot put with a toss of 16.40m (53-09.75),while junior Michael Cardinal and sophomore Kevin Allen collected the second and third spots with throws of 16.01m (52-06.50) and 15.67m (51-05.00), respectively. In addition to his shot put title, Hall placed second in the weight throw with a hurl of 18.36m (60-03.00).
Senior Kenny Hamlett collected a pair of second-place finishes at the meet, leaping 6.66m (21-10.25) in the long jump as well as 14.33m (47-00.25) in the triple jump. Junior Kalon Weston chipped in with a second-place finish in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.40. Weston was also a part of the 4x400m relay team, along with Jacob Bautista Jr., Dan Mosman and Austin Groll, that placed second with a time of 3:18.61. Freshman Austin Orr (4:23.99) added to the strong performances with a third-place finish in the mile. Junior Travis Johnson (14.16m/46-05.50) and freshman Jay Coleman Merrill (1.95m/6-04.75) added third-place finishes of their own in the triple jump and high jump, respectively.
For the Aggie women, juniors Cree Taylor (8.76) and Rachel Orr (1.70m/5-07.00) led the way with titles in the 60m hurdles and high jump, respectively. Senior Bailee Whitworth took second in the 200m with a time of 24.96 and junior Chari Hawkins added a second-place finish of her own in the long jump with a leap of 5.79m (19-00.00). Whitworth also placed third in the 60m dash with a time of 7.78. The women's 4x400m relay team (Brittany Rawlins, Chalese West, Laycee Elliott, Jensen Williams) finished in 3:54.82 to nab third.
Action will continue for Utah State track and field next weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 14-15 as the Aggies will compete in a trio of meets. Athletes will travel to familiar territory in Albuquerque, N.M. and Nampa, Idaho for the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Collegiate Elite Invitational and Boise State Team Challenge, respectively. Additionally, USU will compete in the Washington hosted Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS
FEBRUARY 8, 2014
60m Hurdles (finals) - 1. Cree Taylor, 8.76
4x400m (finals) - 3. Utah State 'A' (Brittany Rawlins, Chalese West, Laycee Elliott, Jensen Williams), 3:54.82; 8. Utah State 'B' (Kaylee Widdison, Heather Simpson, Brooke Rawlins, Sydney Blair), 4:05.00
Pole Vault (finals) - 9. Morgan Monks, 3.35m (10-11.75)
Shot Put (finals) - 11. Maci Bingham, 12.65m (41-06.00); 12. Melanie Heslop, 12.62m (41-05.00); 14. Shelby Jordan, 12.07m (39-07.25); 21. Chari Hawkins, 11.29m (37-00.50); 22. Kaylee Hartshorn, 11.00m (36-01.25)
Weight Throw (finals) - 4. Melanie Heslop, 17.05m (55-11.25); 11. Maci Bingham, 14.87m (48-09.50); 12. Shelby Jordan, 14.69m (48-02.50); 20. Abby Andrews, 13.33m (43-09.00); 22. Julia Klingler, 13.05m (42-09.75); Keeley Eldredge, ND
60m (prelims) - 1. Nic Bowens, 6.81q; 2. Silas Pimentel, 6.92q; 3. Jacob Bautista Jr., 6.93q; 9. Cole Lambourne, 7.10; 16. Nick Steingreaber, 7.23; 18. Dallas Hoofard, 7.26; T-25. Bradford Strobell, 7.35; 27. Alec Willard, 7.36; 28. Jude Edwards, 7.37
Long Jump (finals) - 2. Kenny Hamlett, 6.66m (21-10.25); T-5. Bradford Strobell, 6.39m (20-11.75); 9. Travis Johnson, 6.27m (20-01.00); 10. Jay Coleman Merrill, 6.11m (20-00.50); 14. CJ O'Neal, 5.92m (19-05.25); 17. Kevin Brough, 5.73m (18-09.75)
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