Utah State's Chari Hawkins Sets School and Conference Record To Win Pentathlon in Day One Action at Mountain West Indoor Championships
Feb. 27, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Utah State junior Chari Hawkins set a school and conference record to win the pentathlon with 4,173 points during day one action of the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships held here at the Cadet Field House on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
With Hawkins' win in the pentathlon, Utah State's women are currently in second-place in the team standings with 10 points, trailing defending Mountain West Indoor Champion San Diego State who has 17 points.
Hawkins, who broke her own school record of 3,965 points in the pentathlon set earlier this year at a meet hosted by New Mexico, also won the high jump during Thursday's pentathlon with a mark of 1.82m (5-11.50) and placed second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.41, just shy of her school record marks of 1.83m (6-00.00) in the high jump and 8.40 in the 60m hurdles set earlier this year.
In other pentathlon action Thursday, Hawkins also placed third in the long jump with a mark of 5.80m (19.00-50) and set a new personal best mark of 11.70m (38-04.75) in the shot put to place fourth. Hawkins concluded the pentathlon with an eighth-place finish in the 800m with a time of 2:29.19.
BYU's Amy Menlove had held the Mountain West record in the pentathlon since 2005 when she scored 4,172 points at the MW Indoor Championships held in Colorado Springs, Colo.
On the men's side, freshman Bradford Strobell completed four of the seven events in the heptathlon and set personal bests in the 60m, long jump and high jump. Overall, Strobell placed fourth in the 60m (7.23), fourth in the long jump (6.65m/21-10.00), sixth in the high jump (1.88m/6-02.00) and eighth in the shot put (7.91m/25-11.50).
Action in the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships continues Friday as the men conclude the heptathlon beginning at 11 a.m. The first field event finals will start at 12:30 p.m. Friday with the women's weight throw and will conclude with the men's weight throw at 3:30 p.m. The track finals will start at 1:30 p.m with the women's mile and will finish with the men's distance medley at 6 p.m.
Live results will be available for fans to follow the action in Colorado Springs at http://liverunningresults.com/fall13sp14/mwcindoor2014/ and complete results will be posted to www.UtahStateAggies.com at the completion of events for each day of the championships.
Following the indoor championships, Utah State will send qualifying athletes to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships on Mar. 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. It will be the fifth trip to the Land of Enchantment for the Aggies this season.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS MW INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. FEBRUARY 27, 2014 Women's Team Scores: 1. San Diego State, 17 2. UTAH STATE, 10 3. New Mexico, 5 4. Wyoming, 4 5. Colorado State, 2 6. UNLV, 1