March 14, 2014
Logan, Utah -
Utah State junior multi-events athlete Chari Hawkins will represent the Aggies at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday, Mar. 14 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.
Action in the pentathlon will begin on Saturday for Hawkins at 11:45 a.m. (MT) with the 60m hurdles and is scheduled to wrap up with the 800m at 5 p.m.
The junior is very familiar with the Albuquerque Convention Center, having competed in four meets in the Land of Enchantment already this season.
“We’re looking forward to this championships, this is a level that Chari has been to before. We like her chances of doing really well in this competition. She has both been to this facility many times and competed against the girls she’ll be facing at this level before. We think she’ll be ready for it,” said Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel.
Hawkins is looking to put the final stamp on one of the all-time great indoor seasons at Utah State, including three school record performances for the Rexburg, Idaho native.
Two weeks ago at the Mountain West Indoor Championships, Hawkins won the pentathlon with a school and championships record score of 4,173 points. Additionally, the junior placed second in the high jump with a leap of 1.74m (5-08.50) and in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.44.
Hawkins set a new school record in the 60m hurdles on Saturday, Feb. 15 with a time of 8.40 at the New Mexico hosted Don Kirby Elite Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
Finally, the junior multi-events athlete broke the school record in the high jump on Saturday, Feb. 1 with a leap of 1.83m (6-00.00) at the New Mexico Team Invitational in Albuquerque.
Hawkins will be the first Aggie to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships for Utah State since Sonia Grabowska and Clint Silcock represented USU in 2011. Silcock placed tied for 11th in the high jump after clearing 2.15m (7-00.50), while Grabowska failed to clear a height in the pole vault.
The championships will be streamed live on ESPN3 starting at 5:55 p.m. (MT) on March 14 and at 5:50 p.m. on March 15. A tape delay of the championships will be aired on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. on March 22.
For more Information regarding the NCAA Indoor Championships, log onto www.ncaa.com.
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