Bowens Breaks Two School Records, Page Wins 800m To Lead USU At WAC Indoor Championships Saturday
Feb. 23, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sophomore Nic Bowens had a record-breaking day as he set school records in the men's 60m and 200m to place second and third overall with times of 6.70 and 21.17, respectively, leading the Utah State men to a third-place team finish (126 points) at the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. this weekend. Furthermore, the USU women finished in seventh place with 51 points.
Overall, USU had 16 first-team all-WAC and 16 second-team all-WAC honorees over the three-day championships.
Freshman Briton Page was named the WAC Men's Freshman of the Year after leading a one-two finish in the men's 800m to capture the only gold medal for the Aggies on Saturday with a personal-best and WAC season-best time of 1:50.67,while senior Tyler Killpack claimed the silver medal with a personal-best time of 1:51.69. Additionally, Page moves up to No. 4 all-time in USU history, while Killpack ranks seventh-best in the school record books.
Freshman Tylee Newman and senior Stephanie Burt placed third and fifth overall in the women's mile with times of 4:57.43 and 4:58. 60, respectively, while fellow freshman Kailtyn Wilcox ran a personal-best 56.12 to claim sixth-place honors in the 400m.
"We had a lot of athletes run great races on the track or get great marks in field events and most had personal-records but the field was very tough," veteran Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel said. "Keeley Eldredge had a PR in the weight throw yesterday. Kaitlyn Wilcox in the 400m came in and got sixth in a loaded field, and for a freshman to do that is just awesome. Tylee Newman and Stephanie Burt ran well in a very fast paced mile run and our women's high jumpers, Rachel Orr, Mariah Thompson and Jodi Williams all did well for us. Orr and Thompson PR'd on their jumps. On the men's side, Nic Bowens, Will Henry, Silas Pimentel and Cole Lambourne all ran really good in the sprints and yesterday we won the distance medley relay. Briton Page and Tyler Killpack went 1-2 in the 800m and really ran different contrasting races as Page led the whole way and Killpack came from behind to take second. Michael Cardinal really came through in the men's throws as did Jon Goble in the heptathlon. I think we have some good young athletes going forward and that sits well for us going into next year to be very competitive in the Mountain West."
Senior Will Henry and junior Silas Pimentel followed closely behind Bowens in the 60m as they finished fourth and fifth with times of 6.767 and 6.768, respectively, as they move into a tie with former Aggie Armahd Lewis for the fourth-fastest time in school history. Pimentel also had a record day in the 200m as he placed fifth with the second-fastest time by an Aggie in school history (21.29).
In the men's 3,000m, junior Kyle McKenna and sophomore Chris Martinez tabbed second and third-place with times of 8:37.81 and 8:47.63, respectively. Freshman Skylar Duke cleared a personal-best 2.09m (6-10.75) in the high jump to claim fourth-place honors, while sophomore Eric Shellhorn also finished fourth in the mile (4:20.93). Senior Jon Goble crossed the finish line with a time of 8.28 in the 60m hurdles to claim sixth-place honors.
The season continues as Utah State will send athletes to compete in the UW Final Qualifier on Friday, March 1 in Seattle, Wash. Athletes that qualify will then travel to Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Ark. to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, on March 8-9.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS WAC INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. FEBRUARY 21-23, 2013 (Personal-Best Marks In Italics) WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES: 1. Texas State, 122 2. UTSA, 116 3. New Mexico State, 109 4. Louisiana Tech, 95 5. UT Arlington, 92.5 6. Idaho, 71.5 7. UTAH STATE, 51 8. Seattle, 5