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USU Track & Field Wraps Up Competition at NCAA Championship First Round

Thursday, Jun. 05, 2014

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Utah State's men and women's track & field team's put forth a solid effort to wrap up action during the third and final day at the NCAA Championship First Round here Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. (photo from Athletics website)

Utah State’s [University] men and women’s track and field teams put forth a solid effort to wrap up action during the third and final day at the NCAA Championship First Round here Saturday [May 31] in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Aggies’ men’s 4x100m relay team, consisting of sophomore Parker Bluth, junior Nic Bowens and seniors Silas Pimentel and Jacob Bautista Jr., narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA finals after placing 14th with a time of 40.15 in the preliminary race, just two spots shy of qualifying position.

Bowens was the top-individual finisher for Utah State, taking 15th in the 200m quarterfinals with a time of 20.85. Sophomore Kevin Allen was the other male Aggie in action, garnering 39th in the discus prelims after recording a toss of 51.43m (168-08).

On the women’s side, junior Melanie Heslop finished 24th in the hammer throw preliminaries with a heave of 55.10m (180-09) and senior Keeley Eldredge grabbed 26th after recording a mark of 55.01m (180-05). Additionally, junior Rachel Orr tied for 25th in the high jump prelims after clearing 1.72m (5-07.75), while junior Chari Hawkins failed to clear a height.

Utah State will be represented by Nic Bowens and Chari Hawkins at the NCAA Championship Finals in Eugene, Ore., Jun. 11-14. Bowens advanced in the 100m, while Hawkins qualified in the heptathlon.

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MAY 31, 2014

Women’s Results:

High Jump (prelims) — T-25. Rachel Orr, 1.72m (5-07.75); Chari Hawkins, NH

Hammer Throw (prelims) — 24. Melanie Heslop, 55.10m (180-09); 26. Keeley Eldredge, 55.01m (180-05)

Men’s Results:

200m (quarterfinals) — 15. Nic Bowens, 20.85

4x100m (prelims) — 14. Utah State (Nic Bowens, Jacob Bautista Jr., Parker Bluth, Silas Pimentel), 40.15

Additional Aggie sports news is available at the Athletics website.

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