May 9, 2012
MOSCOW, Idaho - Utah State men's track and field junior Jon Goble garnered first-team all-WAC honors after finishing in second-place of the decathlon (6,470 points) on Wednesday, day two of the four day 2012 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex in Moscow, Idaho.
It is the first time that Goble has won first-team all-WAC honors, while he has earned second-team all-WAC honors six times in his career.
Fellow junior Jordan McMurray and senior John Johnson finished in fifth and sixth-places in the decathlon with totals of 4,944 and 4,723 points, respectively. With the finish, McMurray and Johnson each earn second-team all-WAC honors, marking the first time in McMurray's career that he has received all-WAC honors. For Johnson, this is the third time he has been named second-team all-WAC to go along with six first-team all-WAC honors.
Goble won the discus and 1,500m portions of the decathlon with marks of 33.50m (109-11) and 5:28.09, respectively, while also tying Idaho's Jeremy Klas and Andrew Blaser for top honors of the pole vault with a height of 4.70m (15-05.00). McMurray finished first in the javelin with a throw of 49.56m (162-07).
Freshman McKenzie Johnson finished the day in eighth-place of the heptathlon with a personal-best point total of 4,276 as she was the only Aggie woman to compete in the multi-events.
New Mexico State took the early lead on the women's side as they accumulated 13 points through two days of competition followed by Hawai'i with 10, Idaho with eight, Nevada with five, Fresno State with two and Utah State with one point, while Louisiana Tech did not have any athletes in the heptathlon. For the men, Idaho leads the way with 20 points followed by USU with 11.
Field event finals, along with running event preliminaries and finals begin on Thursday with the meet set to conclude Friday evening. Championship details, including a meet schedule are available atwww.wacsports.com. Live results will be available for fans to follow each event by clicking on the "live results" link on www.utahstateaggies.com or by going to http://wac.org/public/otf/2012/index.htm.
The Aggie women are trying to sweep the 2012 track and field championships as they won the WAC Indoor Championships earlier this year. If they can accomplish the feat, it would be the fifth-straight year that the conference indoor and outdoor titles were won by the same team after Louisiana Tech won both team championships form 2008-11.
USU's indoor title was the first WAC Track and Field Championship for the USU women as well as the first conference indoor title since winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in 1994. The Utah State men are set to defend their 2011 WAC Outdoor Championship as they have won three straight titles and four over the past fiver years.
Those who qualify will continue their season at the first round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas on May 24-26. The finals for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held on June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS WAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MOSCOW, IDAHO MAY 9, 2012
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES: 1. New Mexico State 13 2. Hawai'i 10 3. Idaho 8 4. Nevada 5 5. Fresno State 2 6. Utah State 1 MEN'S TEAM SCORES: 1. Idaho 20 2. Utah State 11 USU WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: (personal-best marks italicized)
Heptathlon - 8. McKenzie Johnson, 4,276 points
Hept. 800m - 2. McKenzie Johnson, 2:26.06
Hept. Long Jump - 8. McKenzie Johnson, 5.27m (17-03.50)
Hept. Javelin - 9. McKenzie Johnson, 19.99m (65-07) USU MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: (personal-best marks italicized)
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