May 9, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - After being delayed for several hours due to lighting, Utah State women's track and field team is in third-place with seven points after the conclusion of the heptathlon here Thursday at Maverick Stadium for the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. USU's men are in fifth-place after the decathlon.
The Aggie women trail Texas State (18) and New Mexico State (8), as they are followed by UT Arlington and Seattle with point totals of five and one, respectively. Utah State's men are trailing UT Arlington (18), UTSA (9), Texas State (8) and Idaho (3).
Sophomore Chari Hawkins garnered fifth-place honors with 4,990 points, while junior Aubriann Bosen was close behind in sixth-place with personal-best point total of 4,964. Bosen captured the only single event title for the USU women on Thursday as she won the javelin with a toss of 40.16m (131-09).
On the men's side, Sam Hawkins earned the one team point for the Aggies as he placed eighth in the decathlon with a personal-best 5,990 points. He also won the 1,500m with a time of 4:28.96. Senior Tanner Clark ended the day with two top-six finishes, including a second-place finish in the javelin with a personal-best toss of 57.19m (187-07), as well as placing sixth in the 1,500m with a career-best time of 4:51.04.
"Our multi-event athletes started us off great and we are excited to see where we match up with the rest of the league these next two days," veteran Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel said.
In the long jump portion of the women's heptathlon, Chari Hawkins placed fourth with a leap of 5.73m (18-09.75) and sophomore Cree Phillips Taylor finished in sixth-place with a mark of 5.61m (185.00). Fellow sophomore McKenzie Johnson tabbed fifth-place honors in the 800m with a time of 2:23.88.
Chari Hawkins will now wait to see if her school record of 5,441 points that she recorded at the Mt. SAC Relays in California on April 18 will be good enough to get her to the NCAA Final Championships in Eugene, Ore. on June 5-8, as she currently ranks 15th in the nation. The combined events do not participate in the preliminary rounds of the NCAA Championships, as the top-24 in both the heptathlon and decathlon will earn a trip to the finals.
Friday and Saturday's action will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) with the field events, while the running events will begin at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. The championship is set to conclude with the women and men's 4x400m relays at 6:25 and 6:35 p.m., respectively. Fans can follow the action by clicking the "Live Results" link at www.UtahStateAggies.com or by visiting www.WACSports.com. A complete schedule of the meet is also available with times for all events Thursday through Saturday at www.WACSports.com.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS WAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ARLINGTON, TEXAS MAY 9, 2013
WOMEN: 1. Texas State, 18 2. New Mexico State, 8 3. Utah State, 7 4. UT Arlington, 5 5. Seattle, 1 MEN: 1. UT Arlington, 18 2. UTSA, 9 3. Texas State, 8 4. Idaho, 3 5. Utah State, 1
USU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Hept. Javelin - 1. Aubriann Bosen, 40.16m (131-09); 10. McKenzie Johnson, 25.36m (83-02); 12. Cree Phillips Taylor, 21.64m (71-00); Chari Hawkins, Foul MEN: Decathlon - 8. Sam Hawkins, 5,990 points; 9. Tanner Clark, 5,396 points
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