Howell Breaks His Own School Record As Utah State Track And Field Performs Well At Three Different Meets Friday
Feb. 10, 2012
LOGAN, Utah -
Senior distance runner Daniel Howell bested his own school record time in the 5,000 meter run (14:04.25/12th-place) at the FloTrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 10 as the Utah State track and field teams collected one event title and 13 top-10 finishes at three different meets.
Sophomore Kylie Hirschi captured her second-straight 800 meter title (2:12.56) at the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., and high-flying freshman Rachel Orr cleared 1.73m (5-08.00) for the second-time this season to claim third-place in the high jump. Joining Orr in the high jump was fellow freshman Mariah Thompson who placed eighth and junior Bri Campbell who took home 10th-place on a judges decision. Thompson and Campbell each jumped over the bar at 1.63m (5-04.25).
Senior Katelyn Heiner also finished eighth in the 400 meter run with a personal-best time of 55.09, while junior Aubrie Haymore finished close behind in ninth-place with her personal-best time of 55.77. The women's 4x400 meter relay team also found the top 10 as they placed sixth with a time of 3:45.19 which ranks them at No. 7 all-time in Aggie indoor history, with the team consisting of Heiner and Haymore along with juniors Hollie Bosworth and Bailee Whitworth.
For the USU men at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational, junior Tyler Killpack ran a personal-best time of 1:54.34 in the 800m to garner fifth-place, while sophomore Silas Pimentel placed seventh and 10th in the 60 meter dash and 200 meter race with times of 6.78 and 21.31, respectively. Pimentel now ranks at No. 2 in the 200 meter race in Aggie indoor track and field history. Fellow sophomore AJ Boully finished in 10th-place in the 400 meter race with a personal-best and Western Athletic Conference season-best time of 48.30.
Sophomore Bryce Hall and senior Joe Canavan rounded out Utah State's top-10 finishes in Albuquerque with throws of 18.45m (60-06.50) and 16.88m (55-04.75) to claim seventh and eighth-places in the weight throw.
Joining Howell in the Aggie record books at No. 9 in the 5,000 meter run was sophomore Kyle McKenna who ran a personal-best time of 14:26.33 (38th-place) at the FloTrack Husky Classic . Senior Kim Quinn also ran the 5,000 meter race on the women's side as she finished in 52nd-place with a WAC season-best time of 17:27.43.
In Nampa, Idaho the USU men pole vaulters were in action at Jacksons Indoor Track for the Boise State Team Challenge hosted by Boise State. Senior John Johnson cleared a season-best 4.90m (16-00.75) on his third try to capture second-place on a judges decision as Chris Manuele of Boise State won the event by clearing the same height on his first try. With the height, Johnson ranks at No. 3 in the WAC this season.
Action continues for Utah State track and field teams at the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho at 9:15 a.m. (MT) and at the FloTrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. at 9 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Live results will be available to fans to follow along with the competition by clicking on the respective "live results" links on www.utahstateaggies.com.
Utah State track and field teams will take the week of Feb. 13-18 off to train before returning to Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho for the WAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-25 and the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-11. The Aggies will also compete in some last chance meets on March 3 that will be determined the week prior.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS DON KIRBY ELITE INVITATIONAL ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. FEBRUARY 10, 2012