Day Two Coaches Interviews
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The UTSA men and the Texas State women captured the 2013 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Albuquerque Indoor Track on Saturday. It was the first WAC Indoor Championship title for both the Roadrunner men and the Bobcat women.
For the men, UTSA scored 159 points, edging Utah State who finished with 137 points. Utah State finished third with a team-total of 126. Texas State (107), Idaho (64), Louisiana Tech (48) and Seattle U (16) closed out the standings.
For the women, the Texas State recorded 122 points, narrowly getting by UTSA's 116 in the closest women's totals since 2011. New Mexico State scored a third place-finish for the second consecutive year, with 109 points. Louisiana Tech surged into fourth with 95 points, after opening the day with 22. UTA (92.50), Idaho (71.50), Utah State (51) and Seattle U (five) completed the women's standings.
For the men's individual awards (voted upon by the coaches), Idaho's Barry Britt was Track Performer of the Year. UTSA's Richard Garrett earned Field Performer of the Year. Britt and UTA's Clayton Vaughn split the High Point Performer of the Year, as they both tallied 20 points during the championship. In his first season in the WAC, UTSA's Aaron Fox was voted the Coach of the Year. Utah State's Briton Page took home Freshman of the Year honors.
For the women's individual awards (voted upon by the coaches), New Mexico State's Brianna Cromartie won Track Performer of the Year. Cromartie and teammate Alisha Perkins both scored 18.50 points to share the High Point Performer of the Year honors. Texas State's Kelsey Titzman, garnered Field Performer of the Year, and UTA's Katelyn Hayward took home Freshman of the Year honors. Texas State's Dana Boone was voted Coach of the Year, in her first year in the conference.
The final day of competition started with the men's high jump. UTSA's Kerry Thompson earned the WAC indoor high jump title after clearing 2.12m (6-11.50) on his first attempt. Thompson's teammate Keith Benford also cleared the bar at 2.12m in one more attempt, placing second. UT Arlington's Roland Sales claimed third clearing a final height of 2.09m (6-10.25).
Texas State's Darian Brown set a new 2013 WAC season-best mark of 19.47m (63-10.50) in his second throw of the day to win the men's weight throw. Darian out-tossed UTSA's Phil Steinert (19.14m/62-09.50), placing Steinert in second. Texas State's Jordan Huckaby placed third with a toss of 18.31m (60-01.00).
Mike Medrano helped pad UTSA's lead with a 4:18.85 time in the 400m dash, taking home the gold. Fellow Roadrunner, Nathan Collier, crossed the finish line right behind Medrano with a time of 4:19.59. The third-place finisher was Emil Blomberg of UTA, crossing the finish in 4:20.63.
In the women's mile, Katelyn Hayward of UTA bested her qualifying time of 5:01.83 on Saturday, finishing in 4:55.48, to claim the gold. UTSA's Nina Herrera followed in a close second, racing to a 4:55.79 for the silver. The bronze went to Tylee Newman of Utah State, who crossed the finish in 4:57.43.
In the men's 60-meter hurdles, Texas State's Timothy Young took his second medal of the championship and first gold, running a time of 7.82, a new 2013 WAC best. UTSA's Keyunta Hayes couldn't catch Young, running a time of 7.97 on his way to silver. The bronze was handed to another Roadrunner as Jonas Gutierrez ran an 8.16.
Louisiana Tech sophomore Kim Francis three-peated as champion in the women's 60m hurdles, with a time of 8.36, claiming the best time in the WAC for 2013. Not far behind her was another Lady Techster, Bianca Jackson, who claimed second with a time of 8.53. DeOna Stafford of UTA claimed the final podium spot with a time of 8.62.
A new champion was crowned in the men's 400m dash. Idaho's Ben Ayesu-Attah ran the fastest time in the conference this season, racing to a 47.23 gold-medal finish. Anthony Johnson of Texas State ran a 48.32, placing him second on the podium, with teammate Reginald Reed .01 second behind him in third with a 48.33.
In the women's 400-meter dash, New Mexico State's Brianna Cromartie, set a new WAC Championship meet record, crossing the finish line in 53.11. Fellow Aggie, LaSasha Aldredge, claimed second with a time of 53.24. DeAndrea Smith of UT Arlington posted a 54.59, helping her to the bronze.
Texas State's Logan Cunningham set a new WAC Championship meet record, vaulting a height of 5.53m (18-01.75) on his way to the gold. The Bobcats also won silver on the vault of Seth Arnold, who cleared the height of 5.33m (17-.05.75). Bronze was claimed by UTSA's Taylor Reed, vaulting a height of 5.23m (17-01.75).
UTA's Vaughn claimed his first gold medal of the meet in the men's 60m dash. Vaughn turned in a time of 6.63, matching his top WAC mark on the season. Utah State's Nic Bowens claimed his second 60m silver in-a-row, running a time of 6.70. Last season's winner, Dennis Richardson of Louisiana Tech, turned in a bronze medal time of 6.72.
Keeping a hold of the women's 60m dahs was Louisiana Tech's Kimberly Smith, running a 7.34 across the finish. The Lady Techsters have claimed the 60m crown in every indoor meet dating back to 2005. UTA's Shannon Reynolds claimed silver with a time of 7.45. Perkins of NM State came in third with a time of 7.54.
In the women's triple jump, UTSA's Eboni Johnson claimed first with a set a new 2013 WAC season-best with a leap of 12.64m (41-05.75). Allie Saunders of Texas State took second with a leap of 12.36m (40-06.75) while Ernestine Cray of UTSA rounded out the top three, as she claimed the third with a jump of 12.16m (39-10.75).
Idaho's Liga Velvere repeated for her third-straight championship as the women's 800m champion, posting a time of 2:08.53. The Vandals have claimed the women's 800m in every WAC meet dating back to 2010. Texas State's Kimberly Krtinich was right on Velvere's heals, crossing the finish in 2:08.81. UTSA's Grace Williamson ran a time of 2:09.35, placing third.
Utah State's Page and Tyler Killpatrick finished one-two in the men's 800m. They crossed the finish with times of 1:50.67 and 1:51.69, respectively. Page's time set a new 2013 WAC season mark. Tyrone Jackson of Texas State filled out the podium with a third-place time of 1:52.13.
In the men's 200mr dash, UTA's Vaughn ran a time of 20.86 to score the gold. Last year's champion, Trey Hadnot of Louisiana Tech, couldn't hold off Vaughn to defend his title. Hadnot finished second with a time of 20.95. Nic Bowens of Utah State found himself on the podium for the second time on the day, turning in a time of 21.17.
A new champion was crowned in the women's 200m dash. NM State's Perkins bested her 2013 WAC best, with a time of 23.68. Shannon Reynolds of UTA claimed the silver with a time of 23.73. New Mexico State's Cromartie took bronze as she finished the race in a time of 24.25.
Texas State's Titzman capped off her indoor season earning the gold in the women's shot put. She threw a distance of 15.60m (51-02.25) on her fifth throw of the day, setting a new 2013 WAC mark. Micara Vassell of LA Tech fell short of Titzman by .03m, throwing a distance of 15.57m (51.01.00), claiming the silver. The bronze was awarded to UTSA's Zaquita McClanahan with a distance of 14.61m (47-11.25).
UTSA's Ronson Small, took first in the triple jump, shattering his previous high-WAC mark of 14.77m (48-5.05). Small landed a distance of 15.56m (51-00.75) to stand atop the podium. Derrick Randle (14.90m/48-10.75) of Texas State and Lionel Mungwari (14.85m/48-08.75) of UTA scored silver and bronze.
In the men's 3,000-meter run, Idaho's Britt took first with a time of 8:29.85. A pair of Utah State Aggies finished in second and third. Kyle McKenna ran an 8:37.81 and Chris Martinez followed him to the finish with a 8:47.63.
For the second-straight year, Idaho's Hannah Kiser broke the WAC Championship meet record in the women's 3,00m. Kiser broke her own record of 9:45.11, turning in a time of 9:40.35. The New Mexico State pair of Courtney and Camille Schultz finished second and third. Courtney crossed the finish in a time of 9:55.67, while her sister, Camille, finished in 10:04.76.
With both winning schools having clinched their respective championships, New Mexico State won the women's 4x400m relay and the UTSA men claimed the men's relay. The Aggies set a new women's WAC Championship meet record with a time of 3:38.38. The Roadrunners not to be outdone also set a new WAC Championship meet record with a time of 3:11.68.
The UT Arlington men and the Texas State women are in the lead after day two of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. For the men, UTA is out in front with 61 points, followed by Utah State with 43 points. UTSA is in third place with 42 points, Idaho follows in fourth with 19 points. Texas State rounds out the top five with 17 points. Seattle U (10 points) and Louisiana Tech (two points) close out the standings in sixth and seventh, respectively.
On the women's side, Texas State compiled a two-day score of 74 points followed by UTSA in second with 52 points. New Mexico State stands in third with 36 points. Utah State after seven scored events totaled 32 points, placing them fourth. Idaho currently holds the fifth spot with 29.50 points and UTA is in sixth with 22.50 points. Louisiana Tech and Seattle U round out the women's standings with 22 points and four points, respectively.
Day two of the championships picked back up with the conclusion of the men's heptathlon. UTA's Romain Martin set a new WAC Championship meet record, totaling 5,706 points in the seven events. Upon completion of the first four events on Thursday, Martin was leading with 3,228 points. Martin held onto his lead on Friday, recording a second-place clearance of 4.85m (15-11) in the pole vault. Utah State's Jon Goble finished the heptathlon in second, with 5,179 points. Goble cleared a new career high with his vault of 4.95m (16-2.75) to win the pole vault portion of the heptathlon. UTA's Brandon Blanchard claimed bronze, with 4,991 points.
In the women's high jump, Texas State's Danielle Candelaria won the Bobcats' first WAC gold with a clearance of 1.77m (5-9.75), a new season high for the conference. Utah State's Rachel Orr claimed the silver also clearing 1.77m. Both athletes attempted jumps of 1.80m (5-10.75), but neither athlete was successful. Candelaria won the tie-breaker, having cleared the previous mark in fewer attempts. UTSA's Whitney Flannel's last jump of 1.74m (5-08.50) was good enough for the bronze.
UTSA's Katie Bragg earned the Roadrunners their first WAC champion in the women's weight throw with a toss of 19.00m (62-4.00), setting a season-best mark and the best mark in the WAC for 2013. The Texas State duo of Jalisa Hall (18.39m/60-04.00) and Talore Kelly (18.25m/59-10.50) claimed silver and bronze, respectively.
Texas State's Hanna McWilliams vaulted a height of 3.29m (12-10.25), setting a new conference season best in the pole vault. McWilliams' teammate, Anicka Newell, placed second, clearing a height of 3.72m (12-02.50). UTSA's April Benavidez cleared the bar for the final time at the height of 3.62m (11-10.50) for a third-place finish.
Louisiana Tech's Marlesia Carey claimed gold in the women's long jump, setting a new season high mark for the WAC. Her leap of 5.86m (19-02.75) scored Louisiana Tech a repeat gold in the event. UTSA's Kayla Hunt measured a distance of 5.69m (18-08.00), earning a silver. The bronze was awarded to LA Tech's Charla Craddock, who recorded a distance of 5.68m (18-7.75).
In the men's long jump, UTSA's Tyler Williamson set a new 2013 WAC season best, jumping a distance of 7.39m (24-03.00). UTA's Lionel Mungwari finished .03m behind Williamson with a distance of 7.36m, taking the silver. Texas State's Timothy Young helped the Bobcats with his third-place jump of 7.33m (24-00.75).
Richard Garrett of UTSA took the gold in the men's shot put with a season-best throw of 20.05m (65-09.50). Garrett's distance currently ranks third in the nation. UTA's Bozidar Antunovic was a close second with a throw measuring 20.02m (65-.08.25), currently fourth in the nation. Michael Cardinal of Utah State finished in third with a throw of 17.67m (57-11.75).
Idaho's Barry Britt beat out Utah State's Kyle McKenna in the men's 5,000 meters, renewing a cross country rivalry. Britt turned it up the final 250m outlasting McKenna with a time of 14:53.56. McKenna turned in a time of 15:02.65. Seattle U's Matthew McClement ran a 15:17.11, placing him third.
In a scene that has become all too familiar to the New Mexico State Aggies, Courtney Schultz won the women's 5,000m with a time of 17:05.70. Her sister Camille Schultz finished in second, crossing the finish line in 17:21.62. Completing the podium was Texas State's Sandra Venegas, turning in a time of 18:00.66 for third.
In the women's distance medley Idaho raced to its third straight WAC title, closing out the night's events. The team of Marquita Palmer, Liga Velvere, Lauren Schaffer and Hannah Kiser crossed the finish line in a time of 11:46.10. Utah State raced to the silver, stopping the clock in 11:57.22. UT Arlington followed them across the finish with a time of 12:03.22, claiming the bronze.
Tomorrow's action begins at 11 a.m. MT, starting with the men's high jump followed by 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.
The Texas State women lead the three-day Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, after the conclusion of Thursday's action from the Albuquerque Convention Center. After the pentathlon, which was the only women's event held on the first day of competition, the Bobcats lead with 13 points, followed by New Mexico State in second place with 12 points and Idaho in third with eight points.
The first day of competition consisted of the women's pentathlon and the men's heptathlon. On the women's side, New Mexico State junior Zoe Meade beat out Idaho sophomore Johanna Hocketstaller by two points for the pentathlon gold, 3,735-3,733. Texas State's Tina Valenzuela finished in third-place with 3,726 points, followed by UT Arlington's Danielle Delage, who claimed fourth-place with 3,658 points. Rounding out the top five was Texas State's Danessa Lyssy with 3,576 points.
With four of the seven men's heptathlon events complete, UT Arlington's Romain Martin is in the lead with 3,228 points. Martin, the WAC heptathlon record holder, won all four of the events on the day. Idaho's Drew Thompson matched Martin in the high jump, clearing 2.01m (6-07). Martin set a personal record in the 60m dash (7.08) and tied his season best in the high jump. Martin's teammate Brandon Blanchard is in second, at 2,842 points. Utah State's Jon Goble scored 2,784 points to end the day in third. UTSA's Ryan Roberts (2,784) and Idaho's Thompson (2,741) finished fourth and fifth on the day, respectively.
The heptathlon's three remaining events will take place tomorrow, Feb. 22, starting at 11:00 a.m. MT, with the 60-meter hurdles. Tomorrow's championship events continue as the field events begin at 1:30 p.m. MT, followed by the running events at 4:00 p.m. MT.
The 2013 edition of the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championship travels to Albuquerque, N.M., for the first time since the 1987 Championship meet. The meet will be held Feb. 21-23. Five schools will compete in their first WAC Championship. Last year's champions, Idaho (men) and Utah State (women) look to defend their 2012 titles.
The event begins on Thursday with the men's heptathlon and the women's pentathlon. 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. Follow us on Twitter (@WACSports) for interactive updates.
|Day 1 (Multi) - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. (MT)
|Day 2 (Multi) - Friday, 11:00 a.m. (MT)
|Men's Heptathlon (cont.)|
|Day 2 (Field) - Friday 1:30 p.m. (MT)
Live Results | Photos
|High Jump (Women)|
|Long Jump (Women)|
|20 Lb. Weight Throw (Women)|
|Pole Vault (Women)|
|Long Jump (Men)|
|Shot Put (Men)|
|60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)|
|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)|
|Triple Jump (Men)|
Day 3 (Track) - Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (MT)
|60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)|
|4x400 Relay (Finals)|
Albuquerque Convention Center
401 2nd Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Feb. 21 - 23, 2013
Thursday, Feb. 21: Men's Heptathlon and Women's Pentathlon
Friday, Feb. 22 - Saturday, Feb. 23
Adults Single session: $5
Primary parking is available at the Convention Center Garage (Martin Luther King Blvd & Broadway), with overflow parking available at the Civic Plaza garage (Marquette & 3rd St.). Event parking in these garages is $6.00 per vehicle, without in/out privileges. .
(Via I-25 North & Albuquerque International Sunport)
Head east on Sunport Blvd. SE 1.6 mi. Merge onto I-25 via the ramp to I-40/Downtown & Santa Fe 2.7 mi. Take exit 225 toward Candelaria Rd./Lobas Blvd./Menaul Blvd. 0.4 mi. Merge onto Oak St. NE 0.1 mi. Turn left at Lomas Blvd. NE 0.8 mi. Turn left at 2nd St. NW 0.3 mi.
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RESULTS will be posted following every heat on the WAC's website.
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