Utah State Track & Field Heads to Wyoming for MWC Outdoor Championships
Thursday, May. 15, 2014
Utah State's [University] men and women’s track and field teams will compete in the 2014 Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex in Laramie, Wyo., Friday and Saturday, May 16-17. The meet kicked off May 14-15 with the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, though the Aggies don’t have any athletes competing in those events. It is the first Mountain West Outdoor Championships meet for the Aggies after joining the conference this season.
Utah State fared well at the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Championship meet with the Aggie men placing fourth and their female counterparts took sixth. The meet was headlined by juniors Chari Hawkins and Nic Bowens, who each were awarded the Outstanding Performer Award for their efforts at the conference meet. Hawkins won the pentathlon with a meet-record score of 4,173 points. The multi-events athlete also finished runner up in the high jump (1.74m/5-08.50) and the 40m hurdles (8.44). Bowens won the 60m with a Mountain West-record time of 6.61. Bowens also topped the podium in the 200m, breaking the tape in 21.11. Utah State also received event titles from junior Rachel Orr in the high jump (1.77m/5-09.75), sophomore Cole Lambourne in the 400m (48.36) and junior Eric Shellhorn in the mile (4:21.10). All-in-all, the Aggies collected 18 first-team and 20 second-team all-Mountain West honors.
In their final Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships last season, the USU men finished second, while the Aggie women ended up in seventh-place. Over the four-day championships, Utah State garnered 16 first-team all-WAC and 14 second-team all-WAC performances.
Friday’s action will begin at 11 a.m. (MT) with the women’s hammer throw and will finish with the men’s 10,000m at 5:35 p.m. The championships will continue Saturday, starting at noon with the women’s javelin, high jump and 4x100m relay race, as well as the men’s shot put. The 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Championships concludes at 3:40 p.m. with the men’s 4x400m relay race. An awards ceremony is scheduled to follow at 4 p.m. All times are subject to change.
The Aggies return four athletes with WAC Outdoor Championships titles. Junior Rachel Orr was the high jump champion at the 2013 championship meet. Senior Bryce Hall won the discus in 2012. Also in 2012, senior Kyle McKenna brought home the 10,000m title. Finally, junior Chari Hawkins topped the podium in the heptathlon in 2011.
The Mountain West Outdoor Championships Central page can be found online. Live results will be available for fans to follow the action in Laramie online and complete results will be posted on the Utah State site at the completion of events for each day of the championships. Additionally, a live-stream of Friday and Saturday’s events is available online.
Following the outdoor championships, Utah State will send qualifying athletes to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships First Round May 29-31 in Fayetteville, Ark. The 2014 outdoor track and field season will wrap up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Finals June 11-14 in Eugene Ore.
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