PROVO, Utah -
Utah State sophomore Blenn Flint captured her second shot put title of the season with a mark of 14.76m (48-05.00) on Friday afternoon at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational.
“It was rough, but it got better toward the end,” Flint said of her shot performance. “There wasn’t really much energy and for not having a lot of energy, I feel like everybody did a pretty good job of just getting marks and doing what they needed to do.”
Flint led a trio of Aggie women throwers that placed in the top four of the shot put. Junior Olivia Moriconi finished second with a mark of 14.68m (48-02.00), while freshman Maia Garren took fourth with a heave of 13.90m (45-07.25).
“We all do a pretty good job of pushing each other, so it’s really nice to see us go one-two-four,” Flint said. “Those are pretty good results for this meet.”
Garren went on to place second in the hammer throw with a personal-best mark of 50.42m (165-05).
“Considering the weather conditions and everything, we had a pretty good day as far as events went,” said veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel. “Brenn really highlighted it by winning the shot put. It looked pretty good and she’s getting tuned up for the conference championships.”
The athletes had to deal with all sorts of different weather conditions on Friday, including rain, snow, wind and less-than-ideal temperatures. At times, though, the sun did peak through the clouds.
“It’s what they’re used to, but it’s a challenge and it’s the same for everybody else,” Gensel said. “They just have to compete and that’s the most important thing.”
In the women’s high jump, a pair of Aggies placed in the top five. Senior Katelyn Zabriskie took fourth (J1.66m/5-05.25) and sophomore Jennifer Christensen finished fifth (J1.66m (5-05.25).
On the men’s side, junior David Hirschmann captured fourth-place honors in the shot put with a mark of 17.24m (56-06.75) and freshman Oran Wasserman placed fourth in the hammer with a toss of 51.64m (169-05).
Two Aggies also qualified for the finals of their respective events on Friday as senior Joshua Gordon placed eighth in the 200m (21.65) and freshman Junior Tovar crossed the finish line ninth in the 100m (personal-best 10.84).
The Clarence Robison Invitational wraps up Saturday. The day gets started at 9 a.m. with the women’s javelin, while the first track event is scheduled to begin at noon with the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. The invite concludes at 4:25 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay, followed by the men’s relay right after.
“More of the same,” said Gensel, when asked what he wants to see from his team on Saturday. “The weather is supposed to be nice and hopefully, that will improve their spirits and we’ll end up getting some good performances to get ready for the conference meet.”
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BYU CLARENCE ROBISON INVITATIONAL
APRIL 28, 2017
USU WOMEN RESULTS:
100m – 13. Gabrielle Edeen, 12.63; 14. Brittany Rawlins, 12.64; 20. Caoimhe Kofoed, 12.91.
200m – 15. Gabrielle Edeen, 26.10; 17. Brittany Rawlins, 26.37.
Hammer (finals) – 2. Maia Garren, 50.42m (165-05); 11. Olivia Moriconi, 44.38m (145-07.25).
Shot Put (finals) – 1. Brenn Flint, 14.76m (48-05.00); 2. Olivia Moriconi, 14.68m (48-02.00); 4. Maia Garren, 13.90m (45-07.25).
High Jump (finals) – 4. Katelyn Zabriskie, J1.66m (5-05.25); 5. Jennifer Christensen, J1.66m (5-05.25); T11. Alyssa Hirschi, 1.56m (5-01.50).
USU MEN RESULTS:
100m – 9. Junior Tovar, 10.84q; 18. Garen Earley, 11.02; 20. Chance Parker, 11.11.
200m – 8. Joshua Gordon, 21.65q; 14. Junior Tovar, 22.04; 15. Garen Earley, 22.08; 25. Chance Parker, 22.72.
Hammer (finals) – 4. Oran Wasserman, 51.64m (169-05); 9. Jaydon Lord, 40.46m (132-09).
Shot Put (finals) – 4. David Hirschmann, 17.24m (56-06.75).
Pole Vault (finals) – 6. Sam Nelson, 4.67m (15-03.75); 13. Matthew Calvin, 4.22m (13-10.25).
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