March 22, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. -
Utah State track and field opened its outdoor season with a pair of event wins and three personal bests at the Oregon Preview held here at Hayward Field on Saturday.
Leading the Aggie men was sophomore Kevin Allen who set a personal-best in winning the discus with a toss of 54.92m (180-02) to rank as the ninth-best mark in school history. The Aggie women were led by a trio of athletes as senior Kylie Ross won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:01.39, while junior Laycee Elliott finished second in the event with a personal-best time of 1:02.43. Junior Melanie Heslop also recorded a personal best on Saturday as she placed third in the hammer with a throw of 53.35m (175-00).
"Our veterans stepped up and did some good things today," said USU head coach Gregg Gensel. "Overall, we are happy with our performance today and our kids are excited about what their potential is moving forward. This meet was also a great opportunity for our younger kids to get a better understanding of what they need to work on to improve."
Other top performers on the men's side included a fourth-place finish by freshman Colby Wilson in the 2,000m steeplechase (5:51.82), while sophomore Briton Page placed fifth in the 800m (1:51.93). Senior Bryce Hall placed sixth in both the discus (49.62m/162-09) and hammer (50.39m/165-04), freshman Alec Willard finished sixth in the 110m hurdles (15.11), junior Kalon Weston was seventh in both the 110m hurdles (15.27) and 400m hurdles (54.96), junior Michael Cardinal was seventh in the discus (47.11m/154-07), junior Dan Mosman finished eighth in both the 110m hurdles (15.32) and in the 400m hurdles (55.60), sophomore Mike Bills finished ninth in the 2,000m steeplechase (6:01.77), senior Xavier Williford was 10th in the high jump (1.97m/6-05.50), and Allen finished 10th in the hammer (46.54m/152-08).
Other top performers on the women's side included a fourth-place finish by junior Rachel Orr in the high jump (1.67m/5-05.75), while senior Keeley Eldredge finished fourth in the hammer (52.80m/173-03) and eighth in the discus (37.49m/123-00). Heslop recorded a fifth-place finish in the discus (41.73m/136-11), while freshman Tori Parkinson placed fifth in the 2,000m steeplechase (7:04.27). Junior Brittany Bushman was sixth in the 2,000m steeplechase (7:06.33), while freshman Cierra Simmons placed eighth in the event with a time of 7:11.07. Senior Kaylee Hartshorn placed seventh in the javelin (41.17m/135-01), while freshman Mia Estes was eighth in the same event with a toss of 41.11m (134-10), and senior Alex Litzsinger finished eighth in the 3,000m with a time of 9:43.83.
Utah State will continue its outdoor season at a pair of meets next week as it travels to Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Relays from Wednesday, March 26 through Friday, March 28, while others will travel to Orem, Utah to compete in the Utah Valley Collegiate on Friday, March 28.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS
MARCH 22, 2014
USU Women's Individual Results:
400m Hurdles - 1. Kylie Ross, 1:01.39; 2. Laycee Elliott, 1:02.43.
800m - 19. Heather Simpson, 2:22.34.
1,500m - 29. Sydney Blair, 5:00.11; 30. Brooke Rawlins, 5:10.19.
2,000m Steeplechase - 5. Tori Parkinson, 7:04.27; 6. Brittany Bushman, 7:06.33; 8. Cierra Simmons, 7:11.07; 11. Joanna Boyd, 7:54.41.
3,000m - 8. Alex Litzsinger, 9:43.83.
3,000m Section B (finals) - 6. Ashley Robison, 10:15.33; 15. Amanda Stoudt, 10:41.07.
Discus - 5. Melanie Heslop, 41.73m (136-11); 8. Keeley Eldredge, 37.49m (123-00).
Hammer - 3. Melanie Heslop, 53.35m (175-00); 4. Keeley Eldredge, 52.80m (173-03).
Javelin - 7. Kaylee Hartshorn, 41.17m (135-01); 8. Mia Estes, 41.11m (134-10).
High Jump - 4. Rachel Orr, 1.67m (5-05.75).
USU Men's Individual Results:
110m Hurdles - 6. Alec Willard, 15.11; 7. Kalon Weston, 15.27; 8. Dan Mosman, 15.32; 12. Dallas Hoofard, 15.95.
400m Hurdles - 7. Kalon Weston, 54.96; 8. Dan Mosman, 55.60; 12. Alec Willard, 58.48; DQ. Dallas Hoofard.
800m - 5. Briton Page, 1:51.93; 14. Spencer Russell, 1:55.20; 15. Austin Orr, 156.57. 1,500m - 10. Eric Shellhorn, 3:50.85.
2,000m Steeplechase - 4. Colby Wilson, 5:51.82; 9. Mike Bills, 6:01.77; 12. Sander Brouwers, 6:10.44; 13. Chris Martinez, 6:11.69.
3,000m - 31. Kade Jensen, 8:46.26.
Discus - 1. Kevin Allen, 54.92m (180-02); 6. Byrce Hall, 49.62m (162-09); 7. Michael Cardinal, 47.11m (154-07); 11. Ben Bracken, 38.50m (126-04).
Hammer - 6. Bryce Hall, 50.39m (165-04); 10. Kevin Allen, 46.54m (152-08); 12. Ben Bracken, 34.94m (114-07).
High Jump - 10. Xavier Williford, 1.97m (6-05.50).
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