Campus briefs

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

SUU Track

At FARGO, N.D., Southern Utah University men's track & field missed out on a triple crown season, finishing third at the Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Thunderbirds had already captured cross country and indoor track & field titles this season, but finished behind North Dakota State (216) and South Dakota (113.5) in their final Summit League championship.

Southern Utah athletes captured five individual titles, including a pair from Cameron Levins and Preston Myers, with Levins earning men's track MVP honors.

Levins stood atop the podium in the men's 1,500- and 5,000-meter races with first-place times of 3:53.13 and 14:43.01, respectively. The senior narrowly missed out on his fourth individual title of the championships in the men's 800 meters, finishing third with a time of 1:51.39. Levins was joined in the top five of the men's 5K by teammates Clinton Rhoton (14:51.77) and Ryan Barrus (14:54.42) who finished third and fourth, respectively.

Myers captured his titles in the men's 100- and 200-meter races, besting his nearest competitor by two-tenths of a second and recording season-best times in each race with first-place finishes of 10.56 and 21.30, respectively.

Southern Utah's final title of the day came in the men's triple jump as Alex Anderson leaped 48-05.25 for the gold medal.

The women's team earned a bronze medal finish. The Thunderbirds finished behind North Dakota State (193) and South Dakota (164), but concluded the final day of competition with two more individual titles to bring that total to five for the three day weekend.

Kayla Kovar picked up her third individual title of the championship, taking the women's discus with a toss of 164-10. Kovar swept each of the throwing events during the championships with the exception of the javelin, earning the sophomore women's field MVP honors.

Diana Medina-Mitchell also picked up her second individual title of the weekend with a first-place finish in the women's 5,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 16:52.05. She was joined in the top five by a pair of teammates as Jamie Smith finished just behind her in second place with a time of 17:01.28 and Sylvia Bedford finished fifth with a time of 17:18.49.

The Thunderbird women also recorded four scoring finishes in the 1,500 meters with Danielle West leading the way with a third-place finish of 4:29.83. Smith was right at her heels in fourth place with a time of 4:30.03 and Kaylee Coates (4:32.27) and Medina-Mitchell (4:32.58) wrapped up the scoring finishes in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Coates later returned in the women's 800 meters and finished fifth with a time of 2:21.66.

Jasmine Mullins had a second-place finish in the women's 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.01.

WSU Track

At Bozeman, Mont., the Wildcats ended up in third place with 100 points at the Big Sky championships. Northern Arizona ran away with the meet, rolling up 221 points. Host Montana State was second with 164.

On Saturday, the 'Cats had three individual career bests, two of them which made the WSU all-time top 10 list, and a solid showing in both relays.

Tyler McBee led the way, winning the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a season-best time of 51.90, and had a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 14.7, which ties him for the fifth best time in WSU men's outdoor track and field history. He also ran on both relay teams which finished second, earning him all-Conference honors in four different events.

Chris Struckman earned all-Conference honors with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash. Struckman's time of 10.61 ties him with Jody Marshall for the sixth fastest time in WSU men's history. He also earned all-Conference honors on the 4x100-meter relay team, which finished second in 40.93.

Mike Hardy earned all-Conference honors in the 1,500-meter run with a third-place finish time of 3:54.23.

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