April 13, 2012
Sacramento, Calif. - Utah State's men and women's track and field teams won three event titles as part of nine top-five finishes Friday at Sacramento State's Mondo Mid-Major Challenge at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif.
Heading into Saturday's final day of competition at Hornet Stadium, USU's women are in first-place with a one-point advantage, 25-24, over Western Athletic Conference foe Fresno State, while the Aggie men are in second-place with 26 points, trailing the host Sacramento State who has 32 points.
Winning events for the Aggies were senior Daniel Howell, junior Jon Goble and freshman Mariah Thompson. Howell won the 5,000m with a personal-best time of 14:12.41, ranking him fifth all-time in Utah State history. Goble won five of the 10 decathlon events to capture the title with a personal-best point total of 6,603, which ranks him ninth in USU history, while Thompson took top honors in the high jump clearing a personal-best 1.70m (5-07.00).
Joining Goble in the top five of the decathlon were fellow juniors Jordan McMurray in third-place (5,444 points) and Sam Hawkins in fifth-place (5,209 points), respectively. The point totals for McMurray and Hawkins are also personal-best marks.
Freshman Jodi Williams finished in second-place in the high jump as she cleared 1.65m (5-05.00) to tie her personal-best height. Sophomores Kyle McKenna, Bryce Hall and Cherice Chugg also placed in the top five of their respective events with McKenna placing third in the 5,000m (14:38.46), while Hall placed fourth in the discus [48.09m (157-09)] and Chugg captured fifth in the 5,000m (18:31.60).
Saturday's action will kick off at 12 p.m. (MT) with the women's 4x100m relay and is set to conclude with the men's 4x400m relay at 4 p.m. All times subject to change. Live results are available for fans to follow the action at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge by clicking on the "live results" link on www.utahstateaggies.com.
Utah State track and field will host its lone home meet of the season, the Mark Faldmo Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, Utah. For more information including a meet schedule, fans can visit the track and field page on www.utahstateaggies.com.
The 2012 WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex in Moscow, Idaho on Tuesday through Friday, May 8-11.
Fans can follow Utah State Athletics, including USU track & field and cross country, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
UTAH STATE RESULTS MONDO MID-MAJOR CHALLENGE SACRAMENTO, CALIF. APRIL 13, 2012
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES:
1. Utah State 25 2. Fresno State 24 3. UC Davis 17 4. Portland State 10 4. Academy of Art 10 6. Sacramento State 9 7. Nevada 8 8. Idaho 5 MEN'S TEAM SCORES: 1. Sacramento State 32 2. Utah State 26 3. Idaho 14 3. Montana 14 5. Fresno State 13 6. UC Davis 9 7. Portland State 5 WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 5,000m - 5. Cherice Chugg, 18:31.60
Long Jump - 6. Daphne Jones, 5.28m (17-04.00)
Hept. Javelin - 3. Jen Schiess Noorlander, 32.75m (107-05); 8. McKenzie Johnson, 22.45m (73-08); 9. Kali Hamby, 22.24m (72-11) MEN: 5,000m - 1. Daniel Howell, 14:12.41; 3. Kyle McKenna, 14:38.46; 6. Brian McKenna, 15:04.67; 7. Chris Martinez, 15:05.09; 11. Nick Bolinder, 15:26.66
Discus - 4. Bryce Hall, 48.09m (157-09)
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