Hoopiiaina shines in U. loss; Cougs' win streak at 13

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Published: Friday, May 11 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

On the womens side, Kayla Kovar picked up her second individual title of the competition and helped the T-Birds sweep the shot put with a first-place toss of 51-02.75.

WEBER STATE TRACK: At Bozeman, Mont., Mike Hardy won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a

time of 9:07.03. Trevor Ricks was second in 9:11.63.

In the men's 10,000-meter run, Alex Sorensen finished fourth in a time of 31:23.75, which is a

personal best.

In field events, Chris Struckman went 23-01.00 on his final attempt to finish fourth in the long jump. Justin

Watts threw a personal best of 177-11.00 in the javelin, good enough for seventh place.

Tyler McBee ran his fastest times in nearly two years in the 110-meter hurdles (14.36) and 400-meter intermediate hurdles 52.58.

Amber Henry won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:09.92, which set a new stadium record. Laken Skidmore was third in 10:43.52.

Sarah Callister became just the second athlete in Big Sky Conference women's outdoor track and field history to win three straight 10,000-meter races. Callister covered the distance in 34:54.71. That set a new stadium record as well. Teammate Taylor Thornley was second in a time of 35:35.92.

In the field events, Audrey Smith capped her four-year career at WSU with an eighth-place finish in the long jump. Her mark of 18-03.00 was her best of the season and was a career best as well.

Heading in to Saturday's final events, the WSU men are in fifth place with 30 points. Montana State is the first day leader with 80 points. Idaho State is second (52) and Northern Arizona third with 48.5.

On the women's side, the Wildcats sit in second place with 45 points. Four-time defending champion Sacramento State scored 80 points. Northern Arizona is third with 44.

UVU TRACK: At HUMBLE, Texas, the Wolverines remain in the hunt for their fourth consecutive Great West Conference title, coming away with three first-place finishes on a busy Day 2 of the championships.

Rusty Jones, who won two of five decathlon events Thursday, took three more to claim first place in the mens decathlon. Jones finished 500 points better than the second place finisher, fellow Wolverine and last years decathlon champion Stephen Wickhamshire. UVUs Michael Ashton took third in the event to sweep the top three spots for the Wolverines.

Jessica Lingwall followed with a first-place finish in the womens heptathlon, holding off North Dakotas Megan Grey by just under 100 points. Finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the combined event were UVUs Autumn Robertson and Ali Shields.

Maryn Pincock took the womens shotput with a personal-best 45-10 to round out UVUs top finishers.

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