Campus briefs

Published: Saturday, May 12 2012 9:00 p.m. MDT

In conference play Minnich hit .453 with five home runs and 13 RBId as Weber State went into the final weekend of the season in the hunt for the Mountain Division title. She had a .613 on-base percentage and a .830 slugging percentage during conference play. Minnich was also walked 11 times and hit-by-pitch 11 times during PCSC action as teams struggled to contain her explosive offensive ability. Overall in 53 games, she batted .396 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, ranking second in the PCSC in home runs and third in batting average and RBI. She had an on-base percentage of .521 and a slugging percentage of .772 as she touched 115 total bases.

Minnich set single-season records in batting average, hits, home runs, total bases, runs scored and RBIs, and career records in home runs, total bases and RBIs.

Clark, 5-foot-6 senior from Springville, Utah, hit .389 with 56 hits and 31 RBIs, and was 16-14 with a 3.53 ERA and a single-season school record 153 strikeouts.

James-Dixon, a 5-foot-7 senior from Montpelier, Idaho, hit .311 with 55 hits and 25 stolen bases. She is the PCSC's all-time career leader in stolen bases with 60 in just two seasons.

Silva, a 5-foot-5 sophomore from Sparks, Nev., hit .317 with 51 hits and 31 RBIs.

Clarke, a 5-foot-9 freshman from North Ogden, Utah, hit .297 with 35 hits and 20 RBIs.

Minniear, a 5-foot-7 senior from Murray, Utah, hit .319 with 46 hits and 23 RBIs, while Cunningham, a 5-foot-6 freshman from Mira Loma, Calif., hit .303 with 44 hits and 32 RBI, and Huddleston, a 5-foot-6 sophomore from North Las Vegas, Nev., had 12 hits and eight RBIs, despite missing part of the season due to injury.

Portland State junior Anna Bertrand was the Mountain Division Pitcher of the Year. Vikings shortstop Alicia Fine was named Freshman of the Year, and PSU coach Tobin Echo-Hawk was named Coach of the Year.

Utah Track

At Eugene, Ore., Amanda Mergaert finished third in the group and seventh overall in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:22.97. Her performance qualifies for the final round.

In the 800 meters, Rosalie Griffin qualified for the final round with a sixth-place performance. Griffin earned second in her heat, setting a personal-best time of 2:08.98. Freshmen Andrea Chavez (2:11.58) and Ali Eisenbeiss (2:11.93) finished 15th and 16th places respectively for the Utes.

The 100m hurdles featured junior Angela Kaplar getting off to a good start. Kaplar fired out of the blocks and looked very solid over the first four hurdles, however she clipped the fifth hurdle costing valuable time. She would end up finishing with a time of 14.06 seconds for 13th, falling shy of qualifying for the final round.

Stephanie Jolley has continued to impress this season as she has improved in every race throughout the second half of the outdoor season. Saturday was no exception; Jolley clocked a new career-best 400-meter hurdles time of 58.73 seconds finishing third in her heat. Jolleys performance earned seventh overall and qualified her for the finals.

Junior Anneli Stahl got the Utes off to a solid start in the womens hammer throw. After recording a foul on her first throw, Stahl posted her best mark of 173-06 on the second attempt capturing 11th place overall. Teammate Nikkie Rudder threw a top mark of 165-0 on her first attempt finishing 14th in the event.

In the shot put, two Utah athletes qualified for the final round. Nikkie Rudder finished first for the Utes and seventh overall with a throw of 46-02.50 feet earning two team points. Candus Aiello posted an eighth-place performance with a mark of 45-08.50 feet capturing one team point. Rudder and Aiello become the first Utah athletes to score team points in throwing events.

The 400-meter dash showcased Lauryn McKay earning fourth in her heat and 20th overall with a time of 56.17 seconds.

Freshman Kaitlin Urmston led the team in the javelin throw. Urmston posted her top mark on the first attempt with a throw of 135-02. Her mark earned 11th overall. Struggling last week in the javelin throw during the heptathlon, Senior Brianna LeRoy improved by seven feet on Saturday recording a throw of 115-8 feet for 19th place.

LeRoy also led the team in the womens long jump. Qualifying for the final round, LeRoy finished the day in eighth with a jump of 19-07 on her third attempt. With her performance, LeRoy earned one team point, bringing her total to three team points thus far at the Pac-12 Conference Championships.

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