April 14, 2012
Sacramento, Calif. - Utah State's men and women's track and field teams won both team titles along with seven event titles as part of 36 top-five finishes Saturday at Sacramento State's Mondo Mid-Major Challenge at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif.
The Aggie women totaled 148 points, topping Western Athletic Conference foe Fresno State's 123 points. The USU men amassed 158.5 points, edging out host Sacramento State with 153 points.
Winning events for USU were seniors Sonia Grabowska in the pole vault and Lindsey Spencer in the discus, along with junior Silas Pimentel (200m), sophomore AJ Boully (400m hurdles) and freshman Nic Bowens (100m). Spencer extended her current Aggie record in the discus with a mark of 54.48m (178-09).
The women's 4x400m relay team and the men's 4x100m relay team also earned top honors. The women's relay team consisted of seniors Camille Fehlberg and Katelyn Heiner as well as juniors Aubrie Haymore and Bailee Whitworth. The men's relay team consisted of Bowens, Boully and Pimentel along with junior Will Henry.
"I know I sound like a broken record, and I say this every week but we want the athletes to improve each week and get better," said Utah State veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "This week is a stepping stone to accomplishing that goal and our ultimate goal is winning the conference championship. Overall, we had a lot of great performances and that shows that we are moving in a positive direction."
Spencer's school-record mark also leads the Western Athletic Conference and is the ninth-best toss in the nation this season. She also moved up to No. 5 in school history for the shot put with a throw of 14.93m (48-11.75).
Sophomore Sam Nielson threw the javelin 43.00m (141-01) to place third, with a mark that ranks third-best all-time in Utah State history, while Bowens tied Anthony Stewart with the 10th-best time in school history in the 100m (10.49).
Overall, in addition to their seven titles, the Aggies had athletes take second-place in eight events, third-place in 10 events, fourth-place in six events and fifth-place in five events.
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.
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES:
UTAH STATE RESULTS
MONDO MID-MAJOR CHALLENGE
APRIL 14, 2012
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES:
1. Utah State 148 2. Fresno State 123 3. UC Davis 106 4. Sacramento State 103 5. Portland State 77 6. Idaho 72 7. Academy of Art 34 8. Montana 32 9. Nevada 22 MEN'S TEAM SCORES: 1. Utah State 158.5 2. Sacramento State 153 3. UC Davis 104 4. Idaho 97 5. Fresno State 89.5 6. Montana 44 7. Portland State 30 8. Academy of Art 29 WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 100m - 8. Bailee Whitworth, 12.07; 19. Shaleen Richardson, 12.58
110m Hurdles - 2. AJ Boully, 14.59
800m - 4. Tyler Killpack, 1:53.54
High Jump - Eric Follett, NH
Shot Put - 3. Bryce Hall, 16.39m (53-09.25)
Hammer Throw - 3. Bryce Hall, 56.40m (185-00)
Javelin - 6. Devin Wright, 52.91m (173-07)
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