Utah State track and field: Lindsey Spencer shatters another school record at Willie Williams Classic

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 18 2012 12:13 p.m. MDT

TUCSON, Ariz. — Utah State track and field senior thrower Lindsey Spencer shattered her second school record in as many days, capturing the discus title (53.10m, 174-02.00) on Saturday, the final day of Arizona's Willie Williams Classic at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.

On Friday, Spencer set a school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 60.30m (197-10.00), passing former Aggie great and All-American Krista Larson.

Additionally, USU collected 13 Top-5 finishes to cap off a tremendous start to the 2012 outdoor season. Finishing in second place for the Aggies were sophomores Kylie Hirschi in the 800m (2:12.82) and Sam Nielson in the triple jump with a leap of 12.15m (39-10.50) to rank her third all-time in Utah State history.

Senior Sonia Grabowska also placed second in the pole vault (4.06m, 13-03.75) as did junior Tyler Killpack in the 800m with a personal-best time of 1:54.23.

"The thing with this meet is we wanted to get out on an outdoor track, race and have some good training time and good weather to do it in. We've been able to do that here," said USU veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "We have had good performances here today, highlighted by Lindsey Spencer setting a school record in the discus, that has been one of her goals since she came here. Overall, it has been a great day. I don't know all the results on the men's side but our short sprinters did well and Landon Watts in the 400 meter did a great job in his first college race."

Junior Aubrie Haymore collected a third-place finish in the 400m with a time of 56.37 while freshman Mariah Thompson took home fourth place in the high jump, clearing 1.63m (5-04.25). Junior Amber Thompson also finished fourth in the pole vault with a vault of 3.66m (12-00.00) to enter into a tie for seventh place all-time in USU history.

For the Aggie men, AJ Boully tied his personal-best time in the 110m hurdles, clocking in at 14.72 to garner third-place honors. Freshman Dallas Singley and junior Jon Goble both cleared 4.31m (14-01.75) in the pole vault, with Singley placing fourth and Goble taking fifth place on a judge's decision. Senior Joe Canavan ended the day in fourth place in the shot put (15.94m, 52-03.75), while junior Silas Pimentel tabbed fifth place in the 100m dash with a time of 10.57.

Utah State's track and field teams will continue the outdoor season as they travel to Irvine, Calif., for UC Irvine's Spring Break Invitational on March 23-24. USU will host its lone home meet of the season, the Mark Faldmo Invitational, on April 21 at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium.

UTAH STATE RESULTS WILLIE WILLIAMS CLASSIC

TUCSON, ARIZONA MARCH 16, 2012

WOMEN:

100m - 15. Bailee Whitworth, 12.24

100m Hurdles - 10. Bri Campbell, 15.62; 15. Kali Hamby, 19.25; 16. McKenzie Johnson, 23.29

400m - 3. Aubrie Haymore, 56.37; 9. Jessie Nielsen, 59.34; 11. Hollie Bosworth, 1:00.07

800m - 2. Kylie Hirschi, 2:12.82; 10. Jessie Chugg, 2:16.61; 15. Hannah Williams, 2:21.08; 16. Alisa Sheffer, 2:21.84; 21. Stephanie Burt, 2:24.62; 22. Brittany Bushman, 2:25.48; 31. Kim Matheny, 2:30.63

High Jump - 4. Mariah Thompson, J1.63m (5-04.25); McKenzie Johnson, NH; Kali Hamby, NH

Triple Jump - 2. Sam Nielson, 12.15m (39-10.50); Julia Stewart, Foul

Pole Vault - 2. Sonia Grabowska, 4.06m (13-03.75); 4. Amber Thompson, 3.66m (12-00.00); Rachelle St. Jeor, NH

Discus - 1. Lindsey Spencer, 53.10m (174-02.00); 9. Spela Hus, 41.20m (135-02.00); 11. Keeley Eldredge, 38.10m (125-00.00); Melanie Heslop, Foul

MEN:

100m - 5. Silas Pimentel, 10.57; 6. Nic Bowens, 10.58; 16. Mikey Payne, 11.15

110m Hurdles - 3. AJ Boully, 14.72; 7. Jon Goble, 15.29; 10. Jordan McMurray, 15.61

400m - 7. Landon Watts, 48.78

800m - 2. Tyler Killpack, 1:54.23; T-9. Eric Shellhorn, 1:57.62; T-9. Aaron Clements, 1:57.62; 11. Nick Bolinder, 1:57.76

Triple Jump - 6. Travis Johnson, 14.43m (47-04.25); Kenny Hamlett, Foul

Pole Vault - 4. Dallas Singley, 4.31m (14-01.75); 5. Jon Goble, J4.31m (14-01.75); Jason Allred, NH; Casey Staley, NH

Shot Put - 4. Joe Canavan, 15.94m (52-03.75); 6. Bryce Hall, 14.43m (47-04.25)

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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