May 10, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - Utah State track and field sophomore high jumper Rachel Orr won the high jump title with a personal-best height of 1.76m (5-09.25) Friday, day three of the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships here at Maverick Stadium. The mark also ranks Orr tied for fourth-place in school history.
As a team, the USU men are tied with Texas State for third-place with 44 points, while the women are in fifth-place with 32 points. UT Arlington leads all teams on the men's side, as Texas State leads the women.
"We had a great day on both the men and women's sides. I was very pleased with the results today," Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel said. "We had athletes step up and advance to the finals in races that we weren't sure how it would go and we had our other athletes that we thought should get through do just that. Overall, it was a great day."
Sophomore Eric Shellhorn led a 2-3-4 finish in the men's 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:11.83, along with sophomore Jacob Barton and senior David Cluff clocking in at 9:28.11 and 9:32.69, respectively. Shellhorn turned around 20 minutes after the conclusion of the steeplechase and qualified for the 1,500m final. Sophomore Michael Cardinal tabbed first-team all-WAC honors with a third-place finish in the shot put after recording a personal-best mark of 17.05m (55-11.25), while junior Bryce Hall placed fifth and garnered second-team all-WAC honors in the same event with a toss of 16.81m (55-02.00). Junior Kyle McKenna placed second in the 10,000m (31:52.77), while sophomore Kade Jensen finished close behind in fourth place (32:09.93).
Junior Keeley Eldredge and sophomore Melanie Heslop collected second-team all-WAC honors after placing fifth and sixth in the hammer throw with tosses of 55.66m (182-07) and 51.92m (170-04), respectively. Sophomores Chari Hawkins and Jodi Williams ended the day in a three-way tie for sixth place in the high jump with a clearance of 1.67m (5-05.75).
Qualifying for the finals in their respective events for the Aggie women included freshman Tylee Newman and senior Alex Litzsinger in the women's 1,500m, as well as sophomore Chari Hawkins in the 100m hurdles. Sophomore Laycee Elliott and junior Kylie Hirschi qualified for the finals in the 400m hurdles.
On the men's side, sophomores Dan Mosman qualified in the 110m hurdles, while freshmen Cole Lambourne and Kalon Weston will compete in the finals of the 400m and 400m hurdles, respectively. Senior Will Henry and sophomore Nic Bowens also advanced to the finals in the 100m and 200m dashes in a very tough field. Senior Tyler Killpack, along with freshmen Spencer Russell and Briton Page became the talk of much of the crowd after they each won their heat in the 800m to advance to Saturday's final.
Field events will begin at 10 a.m. (MT) on Saturday, while the running events will start at 4 p.m. 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 10, 2013
WOMEN: 1. Texas State, 74 2. Idaho, 48 3. UT Arlington, 39 4. UTSA, 38 5. Utah State, 32 6. New Mexico State, 17 7. Louisiana Tech, 14 8. Seattle, 11 MEN: 1. UT Arlington, 76 2. Idaho, 56 3. Texas State, 44 3. Utah State, 44 5. UTSA, 29 6. Seattle, 13 7. Louisiana Tech, 11 USU INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
800m (preliminary) - 15. Katherine Vande Pol, 2:23.65
High Jump (finals) - 1. Rachel Orr, 1.76m (5-09.25); T-6. Chari Hawkins, 1.67m (5-05.75); T-6. Jodi Williams, 1.67m (5-05.75); T-9. Mariah Thompson, 1.62m (5-03.75); T-9. Chelsey Taylor, 1.62m (5-03.75); 11. Bri Campbell, J1.62m (5-03.75)
110m Hurdles (preliminary) - 8. Dan Mosman, 14.87q
Long Jump (finals) - 17. Kenny Hamlett, 6.06m (19-10.75)
Pole Vault (finals) - 8. Sam Nelson, 4.56m (14-11.50)
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