March 20, 2014
Logan, Utah -
Utah State junior multi-events athlete Chari Hawkins has been named the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year, as voted on by the league's head coaches, following the completion of the indoor season. New Mexico's Luke Caldwell received the Men's Athlete of the Year award.
Hawkins adds the award to the multitude of honors she has earned this season. The Rexburg, Idaho native was named the Mountain West Outstanding Performer at the Mountain West Indoor Championships after winning the pentathlon with a school and meet record 4,173 points and finishing second in the high jump and 60m hurdles.
Additionally, Hawkins broke two other school records during the indoor season. As part of the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships this past weekend, the junior shattered the school record in the 60m hurdles by seven hundreths of a second with a time of 8.33, breaking the record time she set earlier this season. Hawkins also broke the school record in the high jump on Feb. 1 at the New Mexico Team Invitational with a leap of 1.83m (6-00.00).
"Chari is a great athlete and she had a great indoor season. This parlays with here becoming a second-team All-American at the national meet," said Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "It's a great thing for her and it brings a lot of notice to our program as well, we're really proud of her."
Hawkins and the rest of the Aggies will continue the 2014 campaign by opening the outdoor season on Saturday, Mar. 22 at the Oregon Preview in Euguene Ore.
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