The 400-meter hurdles featured two Utah athletes in the final round. Senior Elise McVicar set a new personal record with a fourth-place time of 1:01.71. Fellow teammate Kayla McMurray crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 1:02.75.
"Next week we will fine tune some things at the Weber Open as we get ready for our first Pac-12 Conference Championships," said Kepler.
USU TRACK: At Berkeley, Calif., the Aggies captured three events as part of 23 top-five finishes at the Brutus Hamilton Open and Invitational, as well as the BYU Robison Invitational in Provo.
Sonia Grabowska's vault of 13-061/4 won the pole vault at the Robison Invitational, while Dallas Singley won the men's event with a mark of 15-01. Junior Silas Pimentel won the 200 meters at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a time of 21.46. Pimentel also placed fourth in the 100 meters (10.62).
Taking second place for the Aggies in Berkeley, Calif., were senior Lindsey Spencer in the discus 170-00, freshman Nic Bowens in the 100 meters (10.58m), along with the women's 4x400-meter relay team (3:46.24) and the men's 4x100-meter relay team (40.68). Bowens also placed third in the 200 meters (21.68).
Other top-five finishers for the USU women included freshman McKenzie Johnson, who placed third in the long jump with a leap of 19-06. Finishing fourth in their respective events were senior Katelyn Heiner in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.96, sophomore Kylie Hirschi in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.22, along with freshmen Mariah Thompson and Jodi Williams, who tied for fourth-place in the high jump, clearing 5-06. The women's 4x100-meter relay team also finished fourth (47.96).
Senior Camille Fehlberg tabbed fifth place in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.68), while junior Bailee Whitworth also finished fifth in the 200 meters (24.26). Senior Rachelle St. Jeor also notched a fifth-place finish in the pole vault at BYU with a personal-best height of 12-101/4.
Other top-five finishers for the Utah State men included junior Will Henry, who placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 10.60, while sophomore AJ Boully finished third and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.76 and 53.73, respectively. Sophomore Bryce Hall collected third-place honors in the discus with a toss of 164-05, as senior Joe Canavan tabbed fifth-place in the shot put with a throw of 51-071/4. The men's 4x400-meter relay team also finished in third-place with a time of 3:21.48.
The 2012 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex in Moscow, Idaho on Tuesday through Friday, May 8-11.
SUU TRACK: At Cedar City, the T-Birds broke into the record books and recorded several personal-best finishes as they took on UVU.
Thrower Kayla Kovar led the Thunderbirds with three first-place finishes in the hammer, discus and shot put, with a personal record in the discus and hammer. Kovars discus mark of 165-07 set a new all-time best record for Southern Utah, while her hammer mark of 191-01 places second in the schools record books. Kovars shot put toss of 50-3.50 also earned a first-place finish.
Sadi Hoyt also competed in the hammer throw, recording a personal best of 168-10 and also ranking among the top 10 school records. Whitney Fairbanks, Cheyenne Thatcher and Sarah Swalberg represented the T-Birds in the javelin, recording personal best marks of 139-08, 129-09, and 125-02.
The men were led in throws by Phillipe Renaud, who won the hammer throw with a personal best of 164-10 and improved his previous school record. Cody Olsen dominated the javelin with a first-place mark of 199-05, followed by Chris Johnson in second with a 176-01 toss.
The Thunderbirds also took the titles in several of the jumps, including a first-place finish in the womens pole vault by Chelsea Morley-Atkinson with a height of 10-11.75. Wade Nielson led the mens high jump with a mark of 6-06.75, while Kyle Kopp won the long jump with a mark of 23-08. Kopps mark also improves his previous school record.
Kopp and Nielson also competed in the sprints, leading Southern Utah in the 200-meter dash with first- and second-place times of 22.22 and 22.39, respectively. Preston Myers earned a victory in the 100-meter dash with a first-place time of 10.61, also breaking into the record books with a personal best. The men also raced to a first-place finish over UVU in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 41.86.
Jasmine Paicely-Mullins led the sprints on the womens side with a first-place time of 11.93 in the 100-meter dash, followed closely by Lindsay Terry in second with a 12.12 finish. Paicely-Mullins time ranks second in the school record books, while Terrys time ranks eighth.
The distance team was led by Kaylee Coates in the 800-meter run, with a first-place time of 2:16.22, while Sylvia Bedford and Madalyn Jones led in the womens 3,000-meter run. Bedford and Jones finished first and second with respective times of 10:14.60 and 10:17.25.
Clinton Rhoton won the 3,000-meters on the mens side, crossing the finish line in 8:44.06, while Devan Antczak led SUU in the milewith a second-place time of 4:22.47.
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