Aggies Complete Day Two at Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships
Feb. 28, 2014
Colorado Springs, Colo. -
Junior Nic Bowens won the 60m preliminaries with a school record time of 6.67, senior Alex Litzsinger placed fourth in the 5,000m finals with a time of 18:37.75 and the distance medley relay team of junior Brittany Bushman, sophomore Mikkell Minnoch and freshmen Tori Parkinson and Cierra Simmons finished in 12:31.18 for sixth during day two of the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships held here Friday at the Cadet Field House on the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Overall, the Aggie men are in sixth-place with 9.50 team points, while the Aggie women are in seventh-place with 18.0 points heading into the final day of competition Saturday.
USU had six men and five women garner second-team all-Mountain West honors after finishing fourth through sixth.
For the Aggie men, freshman Bradford Strobell finished sixth in the heptathlon with 4,582 points and senior Xavier Williford recorded a leap of 2.00m (6-06.75) to take sixth in the high jump. The distance medley team of freshman Austin Orr and juniors Dan Mosman, Spencer Russell and Eric Shellhorn took sixth with a time of 11:07.47.
The Aggies swept the top four spots in the 200m preliminaries as Bowens finished first with a time of 21.26 and was followed by sophomore Parker Bluth (21.37), senior Silas Pimentel (21.46) and sophomore Cole Lambourne (21.73), respectively. Senior Jacob Bautista Jr. finished in 21.82 to grab the eighth-spot and round out the five Aggies who qualified for the finals.
In the 60m preliminaries, Bowens once again took first with a school record time of 6.67, breaking the record time of 6.68 he set two weeks ago at the Don Kirby Elite Collegiate Invitational. Pimentel tied for second with a time of 6.74 and was followed by Bluth, who also finished in 6.74 for fourth-place. Bautista Jr. once again placed eighth to snag the final qualifying position.
Sophomore Briton Page placed third in the 800m preliminaries with a time of 1:52.63 and fellow sophomore Cole Lambourne finished fifth in the 400m with a time of 49.00 to round out the top five finishes for the Utah State men. Sophomore Tanner Hunt finished the 400m in 49.11 to take sixth and qualify for the finals as well.
For the Aggie women, sophomore Kaitlyn Wilcox placed third in the 400m preliminaries with a time of 56.26 to qualify for the finals. Junior Chari Hawkins qualified for the finals of the 60m hurdles after finishing the preliminary race in 8.41 to take third. Fellow junior Cree Taylor also qualified for the 60m hurdles finals with a time of 8.69 for seventh-place. Freshman Cierra Simmons (5:16.86) and junior Brittany Bushman (5:17.03) placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the mile run preliminary race to round out the qualifying athletes for the USU women.
Action in the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships will resume Saturday in the final day of competition. Day-three will kick off with the men's shot put at 10 a.m. and the field events will conclude with the men's triple jump at 1 p.m. The track events will begin with the women's mile finals at 12 p.m. and the 2014 Indoor Championships will wrap up with the men's 4x400m at 2:45 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 28, 2014
Women's Team Scores
1. New Mexico, 61
2. San Diego State, 33
3. Wyoming, 31
4. Fresno State, 22.50
5. Boise State, 20
5. Colorado State, 20
7. UTAH STATE, 18
8. Nevada, 16
9. Air Force, 8.5
10. UNLV, 4
USU Women's Individual Results:
Men's Team Scores
1. Colorado State, 69.50
2. New Mexico, 66.50
3. Air Force, 40.50
4. Wyoming, 31
5. Boise State, 14
6. UTAH STATE, 9.50
USU Men's Individual Results:
Heptathlon 60m hurdles (finals) - 7. Bradford Strobell, 9.09
Heptathlon Pole Vault (finals) - 5. Bradford Strobell, 3.90m (12-09.50)
Heptathlon 1,000m (finals) - 6. Bradford Strobell, 2:58.92
Heptathlon (finals) - 6. Bradford Strobell, 4,582 points
Long Jump (finals) - 11. Kenny Hamlett, 6.78m (22-03.00)