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Idaho Men, Utah State Women Win WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships
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DAY 4
100-meters Video | Chelsea Hayes Video | Andrew Blaser
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Women’s Team Scores
1. Utah State, 148.5
2. Idaho, 133.5
3. Louisiana Tech, 129
4. Fresno State, 115
5. Hawai’i, 111.5
6. New Mexico State, 102
7. Nevada, 76.5

Men’s Team Scores
1. Idaho, 219.50
2. Utah State, 200.50
3. Fresno State, 137
4. Louisiana Tech, 84

Women’s Individual Awards (voted upon by the coaches)

Outstanding Track Performer: Chelsea Hayes, Louisiana Tech
Outstanding Field Performer: Lindsey Spencer, Utah State
Freshman of the Year: Johanna Hocketstaller, Idaho
High Point Award Winner: Chelsea Hayes, Louisiana Tech, 37.5 points
Coach of the Year: Gregg Gensel, Utah State

Men’s Individual Awards (voted upon by the coaches)
Outstanding Track Performers: Dennis Richardson, Louisiana Tech
Outstanding Field Performer: Andrew Blaser, Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Devin Harrison, Fresno State
High Point Award Winner: Andrew Blaser, Idaho (44 points)
Coach of the Year (tie): Gregg Gensel, Utah State and Wayne Phipps, Idaho.

MOSCOW, Idaho – Utah State’s women and Idaho’s men won the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the Dan O’Brien Track & Field Complex on the campus of the University of Idaho.

For the women, Utah State ended Louisiana Tech’s run of eighth consecutive WAC outdoor championship titles, tallying 148.5 points. Idaho placed second, posting 133.5 points. Louisiana Tech finished in third place with 129 points. Fresno State came in fourth, recording 115 points. Hawai’i placed fifth, tallying 111.5 points. New Mexico State finished in sixth place with 102 points, while Nevada finished seventh with 76.5 points.

On the men’s side, Idaho won its first Outdoor Track and Field Championship title, compiling 219.5 points for the crown. The Vandals captured just the second men’s WAC crown in school history, with the first coming just a couple months ago at the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championship. Utah State finished second with 200.5 points. Fresno State earned  137 points to place third, finishing above fourth place for the first time in eight years. Louisiana Tech placed fourth, tallying 84 points

For the women’s individual awards (voted upon by the coaches), Louisiana Tech’s Chelsea Hayes garnered Outstanding Track Performer as well as the High Point Award (37.5) for the second consecutive year. Utah State’s Lindsey Spencer took home the Outstanding Field Performer award. Johanna Hocketstaller won Freshman of the Year honors, while Utah State’s Greg Gensel was named Coach of the Year. This is Gensel’s first women’s Coach of the Year honor.

For the men’s individual awards (voted upon by the coaches), Louisiana Tech’s Dennis Richardson earned Outstanding Track Performer honors, while the Outstanding Field Performer award went to Andrew Blaser, who also tallied 44 points to earn the High Point Award and set an Idaho school record in the process. Fresno State’s Devin Harrison was named the Freshman of the Year, and Idaho’s Wayne Phipps and Utah State’s Greg Gensel tied for Coach of the Year honors. This is Gensel’s fourth male Coach of the Year honor and Phipps first.

For the women, the final day of the championship started with the women's hammer throw. Utah State’s senior Lindsey Spencer put an exclamation of her strong season, claiming the gold medal with a toss of 61.99 meters (203 feet, 4 inches). Idaho senior Gabby Midles, winner of the previous two titles, scored a mark of 58.18m(190-10). Hawai'i senior Emma MacCorquodale earned her second consecutive bronze with a mark of 57.58m (188-11).

In the men's javelin, Mike Marshall, a sophomore from Idaho won the title with a throw of 66.71m (218-10).  His teammate, sophomore Ugis Svazs, took second with a toss of 66.45m (218-00) while Louisiana Tech freshman Joshua Cox was third with a mark of 64.38m (211-03).

In the women’s triple jump, Hawai‘i senior Madara Apine grabbed first with a jump of 12.53m (41-01.50), improving on last year’s third place performance.  Nevada junior Deborah Amoah was second with a mark of 12.48m (40-11.50). Apine’s teammate, Candace Alvarez, claimed the bronze with a mark of 40-03.25.

After a losing out on the title last season for the first time in nine years, Louisiana Tech reclaimed the women’s 4x100-meter relay. The Lady Techsters team of Kimberly Smith, Chelsea Hayes, Stacia Hanneman and Victoria Wade took first with a time of 44.49.  Fresno State took second with a time of 46.34.  New Mexico State was third at 46.35.

In the men’s 4x100-meter relay, Louisiana Tech’s team of Kendall Hayes, Dennis Richardson, Trey Hadnot and John Franklin posted a time of 40.82 to claim the title. Fresno State finished in second place with a time of 40.90. Idaho finished in third with a time of 42.58 to take third, while Utah State’s team did not finish the race.

In the men's pole vault, three Idaho athletes all vaulted over 4.90m (16-00.75), with sophomore Dylan Watts capturing the gold due to less attempts. Second place went to freshman Matt Sullivan, while senior Andrew Blaser picked up his fourth bronze medal of the meet.

In the women’s 1,500m race, Idaho finished 1-2, with senior Erica Digby running a 4:29.92 to take gold, and junior Anna Kalbrener taking second with a time of 4:31.10. Hawai‘i junior Ashley Aitken took bronze, posting a time of 4:35.19. Kalbrener and Aitken flipped places from last year’s meet.

Fresno State sophomore won the men’s 1,500-meter run in 3:52.55. Idaho senior Stephane Colle ran 3:53.44 to take second, edging out Utah State junior Hunter Nelson who posted a time of 3:53.68 to finish third for the second consecutive year.

Louisiana Tech sophomore Kim Francis ran a time of 13.49 in the women’s 100m hurdles to claim the title, improving on her third-place finish last season. Fresno State senior Latrisha Jordan nabbed second place with a time of 13.99. Hawai’i freshman Zhane Santiago took the bronze with a time of 14.28.

In the men’s 110-meter hurdles, one-thousandth of a second separated the top two finishers as Idaho junior Andrew Blaser out-leaned Louisiana Tech sophomore Kendall Hayes at the line. Blaser’s time of 13.98 just edged Hayes’ mark of 13.99. In third place, Utah State junior AJ Boully finished with a time of 14.63.

Hawai'i junior TeRina Keenan claimed the women's discus gold for the third straight season with a throw of 54.60 m (179-02). Utah State sophomore Lindsey Spencer grabbed silver with a toss of 53.79m (176-06). Louisiana Tech junior Micara Vassell took third with a mark of 48.90m (160-05).

New Mexico State junior LaSasha Aldredge won the women’s 400-meter dash with a time of 53.41.  It is the first time in the last nine years that the event has not been won by an athlete from Louisiana Tech.  Utah State senior Katelyn Heiner was second with a time of 54.30 and her teammate, senior Aubrie Haymore took third at 54.72.

Idaho freshman Ben Ayesu-Attah won the men’s 400-meter dash with a time of 46.86. Fresno State junior Jordan Walker was second with a time of 47.07 and his teammate, junior Remington Blair, was third with a time of 47.12.

Louisiana Tech swept the podium in the women’s 100 meter dash, winning the event for the eighth straight year.  Senior Chelsea Hayes clocked in at 11.15 seconds to win the title, setting a new WAC Championship record in the process. Senior Kimberly Smith took second with a time of 11.65 and freshman Victoria Wade was third with a time of 11.72.

In the men’s 100-meter dash, Louisiana Tech sophomore Dennis Richardson repeated as champion with a time of 10.46. This is the fifth time in the last six years that a Bulldog athlete has won the 100-meters. Utah State freshman Nic Bowens was second with a time of 10.53 and teammate Will Henry was third with a time of 10.62.

In the women's high jump, an athlete from a school other than Hawai'i won for the first time in seven years. Both Jodi Williams, a freshman from Utah State , and Hawai’i freshman Sarah Saddleton, cleared 1.73m (5-08.00), but Williams faulted less, claiming the gold.  Nevada teammates Rachel Orr and Nicole Williams each cleared 1.70m (5-07.00) to tie for third place.

In the women’s 800-meter run, Nevada sophomore Mariah Gramolini won gold with a time of 2:11.34.  Idaho junior Anna Kalbrenner took second with a time of 2:12.25. Melanie Clay of New Mexico State was third in 2:12.46.

In the men’s 800-meter run, Idaho junior James Clark won in a photo-finish, edging Louisiana Tech junior Alwayne Green by three-thousandths of a second. Clark’s time of 1:52.28 (1:52.225) saw him stumble over the line just ahead of Green, whose time of 1:52.28 (1:52.228) earned the silver. Oliver Bernard, a sophomore from Fresno State, was third, finishing at 1:52.32.

In the men's shot put, Idaho sophomore Andrey Levkiv claimed the gold with a toss of 17.21m (56-05.75).  Fresno State junior Roderick Dash took the silver with a mark of 16.78m (55-00.75) while Utah State junior Bryce Hall garnered bronze with a mark of 16.60m (54-05.50).

In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, Fresno State senior Latrisha Jordan won the title with a time of 59.64.  New Mexico State senior Jndia Cleveland took second at 1:01.02.  Utah State senior Camille Fehlberg grabbed third place in 1:01.03.

Utah State won the men’s 400-meter hurdles for the sixth consecutive year as junior A.J. Boully took first, repeating as champion, with a time of 51.67.  Louisiana Tech sophomore Yusuf Muhammad took the silver in 51.88, while Idaho junior Andrew Blaser earned third place honors in 53.57, his seventh medal of the meet.

Louisiana Tech senior Chelsea Hayes won her fourth gold medal of the meet with a time of 23.22. Utah State senior Bailee Witworth grabbed second, improving on last year’s third place finish, with a time of 24.04. New Mexico State sophomore Alishia Perkins was third, coming in at 24.07

Louisiana Tech took two of the top three spots in the men’s 200-meter dash as sophomore Dennis Richardson won his third gold medal of the day, finishing with a time of 21.01. Utah State freshman Nic Bowens took second, with a time of 21.07. Richardson’s teammate Trey Hadnot, last year’s champion, finished third at 21.13.
 
In the men’s triple jump, Fresno State sophomore Justin Lovingood repeated as champion with a leap of 15.33m (50-03.50).  His teammate, senior Emmanuel Jackson placed second, leaping 14.69m (48-02.50). Idaho senior Rendel Jones placed third, with a mark of 14.45m (47-05.00).

Utah State swept the men’s 5,000-meter run, as senior Daniel Howell won with a time of 14:41.52.  Sophomore Kyle McKenna took second place in a time of 14:42.40, adding to his gold in the 10,000m yesterday. His older brother, Brian McKenna, took third with a time of 14:55.68.

Idaho took first and third in the women’s 5,000-meter run, as senior Erica Digby took gold in 17:14.44. Utah State senior Kim Quinn took second, clocking in at 17:16.81. Digby’s teammate, sophomore Alycia Butterworth placed third, finishing in 17:27.58.

In the last women’s race of the night, the 4x400m relay team from Louisiana Tech consisting of  Diamond Every, Stacia Hanneman, Bailey Aldresha and Dominique Crosby won the title with a time of 3:40.68. New Mexico State posted a time of 3:45.21 for second place and Utah State took third, finishing in 3:43.00.

In the last men’s race of the night, the 4x400-meter relay, the Fresno State team of Yusuf Muhammad, Gilbert Julien, Jeremy Devers and Trey Hadnot finished in 3:13.32 to take home the gold. Louisiana Tech posted a time of 3:14.88 for second place, while Utah State ran a time of 3:18.41 to earn bronze.

DAY 3
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The Idaho men’s and women’s teams lead the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships after the completion of events Thursday at the Dan O’Brien Track & Field Complex on the campus of the University of Idaho. For the women, Idaho leads with 51.5 points. Fresno State is second with 45 points, while Utah State is third with 43. Hawai’i posted 40.5 points for fourth place and New Mexico State sits in fifth, recording 40 points. Nevada is currently sixth, tallying 31 points and Louisiana Tech had 22 points to sit in seventh place.

On the men’s side, Idaho looks to claim its second men’s track and field title of the season, sitting in first after compiling 93 points on the day. Utah State is in second with 73 points. Fresno State is third with 48 points and Louisiana Tech is in fourth with three points.
In the men’s hammer throw, Idaho sophomore Kyle Rothwell improved on his bronze medal from last season, as his mark of 57.18 meters (187 feet, 7 inches) was good for first place. Fresno State’s Roderick Dash took second with a toss of 56.11m (184-01). Utah State’s Bryce Hall placed third with a mark of 53.63m (175-11).

New Mexico State junior Kelsey Brennan won the women’s javelin for the second consecutive year, posting a mark of 45.76m (150-01). Christina Cabias, a senior from Fresno State, was second with a throw of 45.10m (147-11), while Idaho junior Ellen Rouse placed third with a toss of 44.98m (147-07).

In the men’s long jump, Fresno State freshman Devin Harrison took home the title with a leap of 7.28m (23-10.75).  Fresno State sophomore Justin Lovingood grabbed second with a jump of 7.05m (23-01.75), improving on a third place finish from last year.  Idaho senior Andrew Blaser was third at 6.93m (22-09).

In the men’s steeplechase, Utah State senior Daniel Howell, last season’s runner-up, claimed first with a time of 9:04.52. His teammate, senior Aaron Clements, came in second, running a time of 9:16.02 and Idaho senior Stephane Colle earned the bronze with a time of 9:20.50.

In the women’s steeplechase, Idaho sophomore Alycia Butterworth improved on last season’s second-place finish to earn the gold medal with a time of 10:42.59. Her teammate, and fellow sophomore, Holly Stanton took second with a time of 10:50.18. Utah State senior Stephanie Burt finished third with a time of 10:58.91.

The women’s pole vault was won by Utah State senior Sonia Grabowska with a mark of 3.96m (12-11.75).  Second place was decided on number of attempts, as Hawai’i sophomore Cecilia Durocher cleared 3.86m (12-08.00) for the silver, edging teammate Robyn Morioka, a freshman, who took the bronze.

In the women’s shot put, Megan McKee, a sophomore from Fresno State, took first place with a mark of 15.53m (50-11.50). Hawai’i’s TeRina Keenan, a senior, came in second with a toss of 15.18m (49-09.75). Kristine Leonard of Idaho was third after a mark of 14.64 (48-00.50).

In the men’s discus, Utah State junior Bryce Hall won with a mark of 52.34m (171-09). Idaho junior Donavon Cunningham placed second with a toss of 49.62m (162-09), and Idaho sophomore Andrew Levkiv came in third with a mark of 48.18m (158-01).

In the women’s long jump, Louisiana Tech senior Chelsea Hayes claimed the title with a jump of 6.18m (20-03.50), her fourth overall WAC long jump title, including both indoor and outdoor championships. It is also her 11th overall WAC title in just two years of competition. Nevada junior Deborah Amoah took second with a jump of 6.00m (19-08.25).  Fresno State freshman Je’Nia Sears recorded a leap of 5.95m (19-07.75) to finish third.

In the men’s high jump, Fresno State junior Darian Hutson and Utah State senior Eric Follett cleared 1.96m (6-05), but Hutson was named the victor due to number of attempts. Utah State senior Eric Follett posted a mark of m (6-08.75) for silver. Andrew Blaser, a senior from Idaho, earned his third medal (1 gold, 2 bronze) of the championship after clearing 1.93m (6-04).

In the men’s 10,000 meter run, Utah State sophomore Kyle McKenna won with a time of 30:51.82.  Idaho took second and third, as senior Markus Geiger placed second in 31:04 and senior Jeremiah Dube was third place in a time of 31:12.56.

In the women’s 10,000-meter run, Utah State senior Kim Quinn grabbed the gold with a time of 35:50.09.  New Mexico State senior Madelyn Stoltze took second with a time of 36:31.23. Lyndsie Etherton, a freshman from Fresno State, took third with a time of 37:28.53, leading a coalition of Bulldogs that took third through sixth in the event.and third, respectively.
Tomorrow is the final day of the contest, with the women’s hammer throw beginning at 11:00 a.m. PT and the track events opening at 3:00 p.m. PT with the men’s 400-meter relay.

Women’s Team Scores
1. Idaho, 51.50
2. Fresno State, 45
3. Utah State, 43
4. Hawai’i, 40.50
5. New Mexico State, 43
6. Nevada, 31
7. Louisiana Tech, 22

Men’s Team Scores
1. Idaho, 93
2. Utah State, 73
3. Fresno State, 48
4. Louisiana Tech, 3

DAY 2
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The second day of the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship saw the conclusion of the multi-event competitions, as Idaho's Andrew Blaser claimed the decathlon and New Mexico State's Zoe Meade won the heptathlon.

Meade's victory was earned in the final event of the heptathlon, as her victory in the 800-meters allowed her to overtake Idaho's Johanna Hocketstaller for first place, scoring 5,109 points. Hocketstaller, who had overtaken Meade following the javelin throw, finished in second, with 5,071 points. Hawai'i's Samantha Balentine finished third with 5,015 points.

Blaser, who swept the first day's events, continued his impressive form as he claimed the title for the second consecutive year. He placed first in the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles on the day, scoring 6,782 points to win by a 312-point margin. Jon Goble, of Utah State, finished in second with a score of 6,470 points and Colin Briggs came in third with a mark of 5,928 points.

Field event finals along with running event preliminaries and finals begin on Thursday, with the men's hammer throw kicking things off at 11:00 a.m. PT.

DAY 1
The WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship began Tuesday in Moscow, Idaho, with the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon.

New Mexico State sophomore Zoe Meade grabbed the lead in the heptathlon with 3,171 points, on the strength of her victory in the 200-meters. Hawai'i's Samantha Balentine is second with 3,126 points and Idaho's Johanna Hocketstaller is third with 3,030 points.

In the men's decathlon, Idaho's Andrew Blaser swept the events on the day, earning 3,792 points on the day. Utah State's Jon Goble is in second with 3,289 points and Idaho's Colin Briggs is in third with 3,139 points.

The Championship continues on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. PT, with the conclusion of both the decathlon and heptathlon

 

PREVIEW
The 2012 edition of the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be hosted by Idaho at the Dan O’Brien Track & Field Complex, May 8-11. Four men’s teams and seven women’s teams will compete for the 2012 championship titles.

For the men, Utah State looks to defend its outdoor title for the fourth straight year. The Aggies took home the WAC outdoor trophy in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Idaho's men hope to make the 2012 sweep, as they captured the indoor championship in February. On the women’s side, Louisiana Tech hopes to secure its eighth straight outdoor title, while Utah State hopes to ride its 2012 indoor title momentum to earn the outdoor crown.

The championship gets underway on Tuesday with the women’s heptathlon and men’s decathlon. Field event finals along with running event preliminaries and finals begin on Thursday. Championship details are available at www.wacsports.com. Live meet results can be accessed by visiting http://wac.org/public/otf/2012/index.htm.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Tuesday, May 8
Heptathlon: 1 p.m.
Decathlon: 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9
Decathlon: 1 p.m.
Heptathlon: 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 10
Field Events (Finals): 11 a.m.
Running Events (Prelims & Finals): 3 p.m.

Friday, May 11
Field Events (Finals): 10 a.m.
Running Events (Finals): 3 p.m.

All times Pacific

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location
Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex

Dates
May 8-11, 2012

Host
University of Idaho

Tickets
Tickets for the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship may be purchased at the complex each day of the event. Tickets can be purchased as either an all-session pass or as single-day ticket. All seats are general admission. Ticket prices are as follows:

All Session Passes
Adults -- $20
Youth and Seniors -- $12

Tuesday and Wednesday Single-Day Ticket
Adults -- $12
Youth and Seniors -- $5

Thursday and Friday Single-Day Ticket
Adults -- $12

Youth and Seniors -- $8

WAC students are free with student ID card for any day

Photos by:
Photos by Zach Edwards and Tony Marcolina.

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