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Utah State Women and Idaho Men Win 2012 WAC Indoor Track Championships
Courtesy: WAC

VIDEOS:

Greg Gensel Interview
Wayne Phipps Interview

Andrew Blaser Interview
Chelsea Hayes Interview

Women's Champ Celebration
Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Women's 60-Meter Dash
Final Laps of Men's 4x400 Relay (Idaho clinches title)

Utah State Women Win and Idaho Men Win 2012 WAC Championships

NAMPA, Idaho - The Utah State women and the Idaho men captured the 2012 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championship at Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday. It was the first WAC Indoor Championship title for both the Utah State women and the Idaho men.

For the men, Idaho scored 217.5 points, edging Utah State who finished with 212.5 points. Louisiana Tech comes in third after scoring 77 points. The win was Idaho’s first WAC men’s title in any sport and an impressive improvement from last season’s last place finish.

For the women, the Utah State took first with 144 points. Idaho took second place with 110 points, a marked improvement from last season’s last place finish. New Mexico State compiled 94 points for third place, and Louisiana Tech earned 89 points to claim fourth place. Nevada claimed fifth place with 86 points, followed by Fresno State in sixth place with 71 points. Hawai'i finished in seventh with 67 points.

For the men's individual awards (voted upon by the coaches), Louisiana Tech’s Trey Hadnot was Track Performer of the Year. Idaho’s Andrew Blaser earned Field Performer of the Year and High Point Performer of the year, as he tallied 40 points during the championship, while his coach Wayne Phipps earned Coach of the Year honors.  Utah State’s Nic Bowens took home Freshman of the Year honors.

For the women's individual awards, (voted upon by the coaches), Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes won Field Performer of the Year and High Point Performer of the Year honors after tallying 33 points. Idaho’s Hannah Kiser garnered Track Performer of the Year, and Nevada’s Kashae Knox took home Freshman of the Year honors. Utah State’s Greg Gensel was named Coach of the Year.

The final day of competition started with the men's high jump. Idaho senior Andrew Blaser earned the WAC indoor high jump title after clearing 6 ft., 4.25 in. (1.94m) without faulting. This was Blaser’s second gold medal of the WAC Championship, and third medal of the contest. Both Eric Follet, of Utah State, and Tyler Bennett, of Idaho, also cleared the same height as Blaser, but Follet faulted once for second place and Bennett faulted twice and earned third.

Sophomore Bryce Hall of Utah State claimed the gold in the men's weight throw after a toss of 59 ft., 5.75 in. (18.13m). Idaho’s Kyle Rothwell claimed the silver with a toss of 57 ft., 8.25 in. (17.58m). Utah State’s Joe Canavan, who won the men’s shot put on Friday, claimed his second medal of the meet as he received the bronze after posting a season-best mark of 55 ft., 7 in. (16.94m).

Utah State's Chio Lopez won the men's mile run, finishing with a time of 4:18.03. His teammate Devin Lang took the silver medal, crossing the finish line in 4:18.37, while Jeff Osborn of Idaho claimed third place with a season-best time of 4:18.75.

In the women's mile, Idaho's Hannah Kiser claimed her second title of the WAC Championship with a time of 4:45.67. Nevada’s Samanta Diaz, last season’s champion, took second with a time of 4:48.80. Erica Digby of Idaho took third with a time of 4:49.84.

In the men's 60-meter hurdles, Idaho’s Andrew Blaser took his third gold medal of the championship, running a time of 8.03 seconds. Louisiana Tech's Kendall Hayes took silver in the event after crossing the finish line in a time of 8.08 seconds. AJ Boully of Utah State placed third with a time of 8.16 seconds.

Louisiana Tech sophomore Kim Francis repeated as champion in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, with a time of 8.44 seconds. Nevada’s Deborah Amoah took second with a time of 8.60 seconds, and New Mexico State's Jndia Cleveland rounded out the top three, as she claimed bronze for a second-straight year, with a time of 8.67 seconds.

Trey Hadnot of Louisiana Tech took first place in the men's 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 47.84 seconds. This is the third-straight year Louisiana Tech has claimed gold in the event. Utah State’s AJ Boully finished in second with a time of 47.89, while Louisiana Tech’s Josh Goree claimed the bronze, finishing with a time of 47.92.

In the women's 400-meter dash, Katelyn Heiner, a senior from Utah State, won the gold medal, crossing the finish line in 55.72 seconds. New Mexico State’s LaSasha Aldrege finished in second place with a time of 55.21 seconds, while Fresno State's Breeauna Thompson took the bronze for the second-straight year, finishing with a time of 55.36.

Idaho's Jeremy Klas three-peated as the men's WAC indoor pole vault champion, finishing with a vault of 17 ft., 4.5 in. (5.30m). Idaho claimed four of the top five spots in the event. Freshman Matt Sullivan took silver with a vault of 16 ft., 0.75 in. (4.90). Three athletes tied for third, as Idaho senior Dylan Watts, Idaho senior Andrew Blaser and Utah State’s John Johnson all jumped 15 ft., 7 in. The medal was Blaser fifth of the WAC Championship.

Utah State's Dennis Richardson won the men's 60-meter dash, finishing with a season-best time of 6.79 seconds. Utah State’s Nic Bowens and Silas Pimentel finished second and third, respectively. Bowens ran a time of 6.83 seconds and Pimentel ran a 6.84 seconds.

Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes claimed gold in the women's 60-meter dash as she matched her own WAC-finals record 7.31 seconds. Nevada’s Kashae Knox took silver with a time of 7.55 seconds, and her teammate Angelica Earls finished in third with a time of 7.60. The victory marks the eighth straight year the Louisiana Tech women have won the 60m dash.

In the women's triple jump, Hawai’i’s Madara Apine claimed first with a season-best leap of 41 ft., 5 in. (12.62m), improving on last year’s silver medal. Deborah Amoah took second with a leap of 39 ft., 10.50 in. (12.15m), while Sam Nielson of Utah State rounded out the top three, as she claimed the bronze with a jump of 39 ft., 5.75 in. (12.03m).

Idaho sophomore Liga Velvere repeated as champion in the women's 800-meters after posting a time of 2:09.05. This is the third time in a row that the Vandals have claimed victory in the women's 800m event, and teammate Laruen Schaffer took second place with a time of 2:10.12. Utah State's Kylie Hirschi took third, finishing in 2:12.97.

Idaho’s Josh Dalton won the men's 800-meter run, finishing the race with a time of 1:52.54. Tyler Killpatrick made a late surge to pass Dalton's teammate James Clark to take the silver medal, crossing the line in a time of 1:53.24, one-tenth of a second ahead of Clark, who earned bronze.

In the men's 200-meter dash, Lousiana Tech’s Trey Hadnot repeated as champion with a time of 21.21 seconds. Hadnot improved on his second-place finish last season, making it four wins in the last five years for Louisiana Tech in the 200m. Nic Bowens claimed the silver medal, crossing the line with a season-best time of 21.56 second, and Louisiana Tech’s Dennis Richardson took third with a time of 21.64 seconds.

Chelsea Hayes of Louisiana Tech claimed her third gold medal of the WAC championships, as she won the women's 200-meter dash with season-best time of 23.63 seconds. Bailee Witworth of Utah State claimed the silver with a time of 24.16. New Mexico State's Alishia Perkins took third place as she finished the race in a time of 24.30.

Megan McKee capitalized off her great indoor season by capturing the women's shot put title with a season-best toss of 51 ft., 7.25 in. (15.73m). This marks the second-straight year a Bulldog has won the women’s shot put title. Louisiana Tech’s Micara Vassell claimed the silver medal after a season-best throw of 50 ft., 10 in. (15.49m), while Utah State’s Spela Hus took third with a toss of 48 ft., 2 in. (14.68m).

Idaho’s Rendel Jones, a senior, took first in the triple jump, with a career-best leap of 47 ft., 7 in. (14.50m).  Kenneth Hamlett of Utah State finished second with a jump of 47 ft., 3.75 in. (14.42m). Damian Szade of Utah State claimed the bronze with a leap of 46 ft., 5.5 in. (14.16m).

In the men's 3,000-meter run, Utah State junior Daniel Howell repeated as champion, finishing the race in a time of 8:14.54. Idaho's Barry Britt took second with a time of 8:19.66 and his teammate Barry Britt rounded out the top three as he earned the bronze with a time of 8:28.31.

Idaho's Hannah Kiser collected her third gold medal of the meet, the others coming as a member of the distance medley relay team and the women’s 5,000-meters, after winning the women's 3,000-meters with a WAC Championship-record time of 9:45.11. Idaho swept the medals, as Erica Digby claimed the silver with a time of 9:45.46 and Alycia Butterworth took the bronze, finishing with a time of 9:48.58.

In what proved to be the most dramatic men's race of the championship, the Idaho Vandals claimed gold in the 4x400-meter relay, in turn securing the first men’s WAC title school history in any sport, edging out Utah State. The team of Andrew Bloom, Josh Dalton, Kyle Taylor and Ben Ayesu-Attah took the gold with a time of 3:14.62. Louisiana Tech's relay team took second with a time of 3:15.91. Utah State took the bronze with a time of 3:17.56

The women's 4x400-meter relay saw the Utah State women, consisting of Bailee Witworth, Aubrie Haymore, Kylie Hirschi and Katelyn Heiner, claim victory in the race with a time of 3:43.59. Louisiana Tech saw its three year winning streak snapped, as the Lady Techsters finished at 3:44.64. The New Mexico State women finished third with a time of 3:44.76.

FRIDAY'S RESULTS

Friday's Results

The Idaho men and the Utah State women are in the lead after day two of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. For the men, Idaho is out in front with 77 points, followed by Utah State in second with 64 points. Louisiana Tech is in third place with one point. On the women's side, Utah State is in the lead with70 points, and New Mexico State is in second with 48 points. Fresno State is in third place with 38 points, followed by Hawai’i and Idaho in a tie for fourth place with 36 points. Nevada has a hold of the sixth spot with 29 points, while Louisiana Tech is in seventh with 15 points.

Day two of the championships began with the conclusion of the men's heptathlon. Upon completion of the first four of the seven events on Thursday, Andrew Blaser was leading with 2,868 points. He added a personal-best pole vault of 16 ft., .75 in. (4.90m), and held on claim the win, despite Utah State’s Philip Noble making a late charge in the 1,000-meters. Noble ended up in second, with 5,154 points, and Idaho’s Jeremy Klas claimed third, with 4,951 points, in just his first time competing in the event.

In the women's high jump, Nevada's La Tijera Avery repeated as WAC champion with a leap of 5 ft., 9.25 in. (1.76m). Hawai'i's Sarah Saddleton claimed second place with a jump of 5 ft., 6 in. (1.68m), while Utah State’s Rachel Orr and Chari Hawkins shared third-place.

Fresno State's Megan Mckee repeated as WAC champion in the women's weight throw with a toss of 62 ft., 9 in. (19.10m). That was her season-best mark and was the best mark in the WAC this season, by over a foot. New Mexico State’s Bellosie Frazier claimed silver with a toss of 59 ft., 4.75 in. (18.10m), and Caitlin Byrd took third with a throw of 59 ft., 2.75 in. (18.05m).

Sonia Grabowska Utah State reasserted her claim to the WAC title in the women's pole vault, as she won for the second consecutive year. Grabowska vaulted 12 ft., 6.75 in. (3.83m). Utah State's Amber Thompson claimed the silver medal with a vault of 12 ft., 2.75 in. (3.73m) and four misses. Hawai’i’s Camie Kohashi also recorded a vault of the same height, but with five misses earned bronze.

Louisiana Tech's Chelsea Hayes claimed gold in the women's long jump for the second-straight season, with a WAC championship-record jump of 21 ft., 2 in. It was just part of a huge day for Hayes, who owns the best jump in the NCAA this season. She also added a school, venue and WAC record by running a 7.24 during the 60-meter dash prelims, making her the top runner heading into tomorrow's finals. That time was .01 short of an NCAA automatic qualifier and ranks fourth in the nation. Jnida Cleveland took second in the long jump with a mark of 19 ft., 2 in. (5.84m), while Fresno State's Je’Nia Sears recorded a season-best leap of 19 ft., 0.75 in. (5.81m) to round out the top three.

In the men's long jump, Idaho’s Jason Lorentz claimed gold with a leap of 22 ft., 9.75 in. (6.95m). Utah State’s Damian Szade took silver with a mark of 22 ft., 9 in. (6.93m), improving on his third place finish last year. Idaho’s Andrew Blaser nabbed his second medal of the day, in addition to the heptathlon gold medal, with a third-place jump of 22 ft., 6.25 in. (6.86m).

Senior Joe Canavan, of Utah State, took the gold in the men's shot put with a season-best throw of 56 ft., 7.25 in. (17.25m). Teammate Bryce Hall, a sophomore, earned the silver medal with a toss of 54 ft., 2.5 in. (16.52m), while Idaho’s Kyel Rothwood claimed third with a toss of 48 ft., 2.5 in. (14.69m).

Utah State's Daniel Howell beat out Idaho’s Markus Geiger in the men's 5,000 meters, flipping the top-two spots from last year. Howell outpaced Geiger down the stretch, recording a time of 14:34.45. Geiger finished at 14:35.02, while Idaho’s Barry Britt claimed third at 14:41.86.

New Mexico State sophomore Courtney Schultz repeated as champion, as she won the women's 5,000 meter title, finishing with a time of 17:16.86. She spent much of the race in front with teammate and twin sister Camille Schultz, but had to fight off a challenge from Idaho’s Alycia Butterworth. Butterworth reeled in Camille Schultz down the stretch, running a 17:17.78, but couldn’t catch the winner. Camille Schultz placed third with a time of 17:29.07.

The Idaho men's distance medley relay team of James Clark, Josh Dalton, Andrew Clark and Stephane Colle ended Utah State’s five-year run of WAC titles with a dramatic victory at the finish line. Utah State’s Chio Lopez reeled in Colle down the stretch, but Colle was able to retake the lead and earn the win with a final lunge at the line. Idaho ran a 9:56.87, while Utah State clocked in at 9:56.92. Louisiana Tech was felled by an injury and did not finish.

In the final event of the evening, the Idaho women earned a commanding win in the distance medley relay, setting a new WAC Championship record. Erica Digby, Liga Velvere, Lauren Schaffer and Hannah Kiser took gold with a time of 11.41.67. Utah State would claim the silver finishing with a time of 12:16.03, and Fresno State would take third, as the Bulldogs finished with a time of 12:23.69.

Tomorrow's action begins at 11 a.m., starting with the men's high jump followed by the rest of the remaining field events. The running events will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude with the women's 4x400-meter relay, slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

THURSDAY'S RESULTS

The Utah State women are in the lead after day one of the three-day Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. After the pentathlon, which was the only women's event held on the first day of competition, Utah State leads with 12 points, followed by Nevada in second place with 9 points and New Mexico State in third with 8 points.

The first day of competition consisted of the women's pentathlon and the men's heptathlon. On the women's side, Utah State sophomore Chari Hawkins claimed the gold medal, scoring 3,669 points en route to the title. New Mexico State’s Zoe Meade finished in a second with 3,612 points, followed by Nevada’s April Pace, who claimed third place with 3,559 points.

With four of the seven men's heptathlon events complete, Idaho’s Andrew Blaser is in the lead with 2,868 points. Blaser won three of the events on the day and finished second in the other. He set a personal record in the shot put (12.39 meters), along with claiming the long jump (6.43-meters) and the high jump (1.93-meters). Utah State’s follows Philip Noble is in second place, at 2,678 points, with teammate John Goble in third at 2,570 points.

The heptathlon's three remaining events will take place tomorrow, Feb. 24, starting at 11:00 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles. Tomorrow's championship events continue as the field events begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the running events at 4:00 p.m.

Preview
The 2012 edition of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championship returns to Idaho Sports Center and Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho, for the ninth-straight year. The meet will be held Feb. 23-25. Eight of the ten teams in attendance are regionally-ranked.

The event begins on Thursday with the women's pentathlon and four events from the men's heptathlon. On Friday, the men conclude the heptathlon beginning at 11:00 a.m. The first field event finals begin at 1:30 p.m., while the track finals start at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday, the field events begin at 11:00 a.m. and the running events start at 1:00 p.m.

Results will be posted following every heat on the WAC's website.

Day 1 (Multi) - Thursday, 11:45 a.m. (MT)
Women's Pentathlon

Men's Heptathlon

Day 2 (Multi) - Friday, 11:00 a.m. (MT)
Live Results
Men's Heptathlon (cont.)
Day 2  (Field) - Friday 1:30 p.m. (MT)
Live Results | Photos
High Jump (Women)
20 Lb. Weight Throw (Women)
Long Jump (Women)
Pole Vault (Women)
Long Jump (Men)
Shot Put (Men)

Day 2 (Track) - Friday 4:00 p.m. (MT)
Live Results | Photos

Mile (Prelims)
60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)
400-Meters (Prelims)
60-Meters (Prelims)
800-Meters (Prelims)
200-Meters (Prelims)
5,000-Meters (Finals)
Distance Medley Relay (Finals)
Day 3 (Field) - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. (MT)
Live Results Photos
High Jump (Men)
35 Lb. Weight Throw (Men)
Triple Jump (Women)
Pole Vault (Men)
Shot Put (Women)
Shot Put (Women)
Triple Jump (Men)

Day 3 (Track) - Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (MT)
Live Results | Photos

Videos: Greg Gensel Interview
Wayne Phipps Interview

Andrew Blaser Interview
Chelsea Hayes Interview

Women's Champ Celebration
Men's 60-Meter Hurdles
Women's 60-Meter Dash
Final Laps of Men's 4x400 Relay
(Idaho clinches title)

Mile (Finals)
60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)
400-Meters (Finals)
60-Meters (Finals)
800-Meters (Finals)
200-Meters (Finals)
3,000-Meters (Finals)
4x400 Relay (Finals)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Location:

Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center
16200 Idaho Center Boulevard
Nampa, Idaho 83687
 
Dates:

Feb. 23 - 25, 2012

Streaming Video:
Video  the third day of the competition will be available via live streaming on WAC.tv.
Click here for more information and to sign up.

Tickets:
Thursday, Feb. 23: Men's Heptathlon and Women's Pentathlon
Single session: Adults $8
Single session: Students, Senior Citizens & Youth $5

Friday, Feb. 24 - Saturday, Feb. 25                                                  

Adults  Single session: $12  All session: $20
Senior Citizens & Youth  Single session: $8  All sessions: $15
Students  Single session: $6  All sessions: $10  

Parking:
Fan parking is available at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center parking lot free of charge.

Directions:

From downtown Boise: Take I-184 west to I-84 west toward Nampa.  Take exit 38, the Garrity Boulevard exit.  Turn right onto Can Ada Road.  Turn right onto Franklin Road.  The Idaho Center and Jacksons Indoor Track will be on your left.

Photos:

Championship photos will be available for purchase following the championship at the photo store at www.wacsports.com.

Live Results
RESULTS
will be posted following every heat on the WAC's website.

Nampa, Idaho
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