USU track: Aggies capture four event titles on final day of Boise State's All-Idaho Cup

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 6 2013 6:42 p.m. MDT

Despite adverse weather that featured rainy and wet conditions, the Utah State men's and women's track and field teams won four event titles as part of 25 top-six finishes Saturday at the Boise State hosted All-Idaho Cup.

Winning events for the USU women were sophomores Chari Hawkins in the 100m hurdles (13.90) and Mariah Thompson in the high jump with a leap of 1.65m (5-05.00), as well as junior Keeley Eldredge in the hammer throw with a toss of 55.22m (181-02). Hawkins' time in the 100m hurdles ranks her eighth in school history.

The Aggie men's 4x100m relay team also crossed the finish line first with a time of 41.22. The team consisted of freshmen Kalon Weston and Cole Lambourne, along with sophomore Nic Bowens and junior Will Henry. The men's 4x400m relay team, consisting of Bowens, Henry, Lambourne and senior Tyler Killpack, placed second in the event with a time of 3:14.91

"When you factor in that the weather was so poor, the athletes handled it very well and performed great. Under adverse conditions they handled it very well and I am proud of them for that," USU coach Gregg Gensel said. "We didn't have everyone compete in their normal events, but they did well in the events there were competing in. I was really impressed with our 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. They were outstanding."

Senior Ruth Hilton clocked a time of 11:25.87 in the women's 3,000m steeplechase to place second overall, while sophomore Lecy Skousen followed closely behind to place sixth with a time of 12:13.22. In the 5,000m race, freshman Kelsey Girardelli (19:08.46) led a 2-3-4-5-6 Aggie finish with fellow freshmen Karlee Deeter (19:09.11), Nikki Woodring (19:53.24) and Amanda Stoudt (19:59.06), and sophomore Tessa Brown (20:14.75), respectively.

Sophomore Jodi Williams tabbed a third-place finish in the women's high jump with a mark of 1.60m (5-03.00) as senior Bri Campbell and junior Aubriann Bosen placed fourth and sixth in the 100m hurdles with times of 14.72 and 14.98, respectively. Sophomore Melanie Heslop also tabbed a fourth-place finish as she threw the hammer 51.83m (170-00). The women's 4x400m relay team claimed the bronze medal after crossing the finish line with a time of 3:50.89. The team consisted of freshman Mikkell Minnoch, sophomore Laycee Elliott, junior Kylie Hirschi and senior Hollie Bosworth.

Placing third in their respective event on the men's side was senior Kenny Hamlett in the triple jump with a leap of 13.11m (43-00.25), sophomore Michael Cardinal in the shot put with a mark of 16.20m (53-01.75), along with freshmen Skyler Duke in the high jump [J2.00m (6-06.75)] and Sam Nelson in the pole vault [4.45m (14-07.25)]. Junior Xavier Williford Jr. cleared 1.95m (6-04.75) to tie for fifth place in the high jump, while sophomores Jacob Barton and Kade Jensen finished fifth and sixth in the 5,000m with times of 15:17.20 and 15:24.19, respectively. Fellow sophomore Eric Shellhorn also garnered fifth-place honors as he clocked a time of 1:54.17 in the 800m.

The Aggies will continue the 2013 outdoor season as they travel to Sacramento State for the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge on Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13. Utah State will host their lone home meet of the year, the Mark Faldmo Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20, at Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, Utah. For more information on the Mark Faldmo, visit the USU track and field page.

Utah State results

Women:

100m — 12. Bethany King, 12.95

100m Hurdles — 1. Chari Hawkins, 13.90; 4. Bri Campbell, 14.72; 6. Aubriann Bosen, 14.98; 18. McKenzie Johnson, 15.91; 20. Trish Adams, 16.25; 23. Addie Bedke, 16.51

400m — 11. Dana Wareham, 1:01.17; 14. Megan Klingensmith, 1:02.06

800m — 14. Brittany Bushman, 2:19.89; 18. Katherine Vande Pol, 2:22.48; Tylee Newman, NT

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