Utah State women's track and field sophomore and multi-event athlete Chari Hawkins set a school record to win the heptathlon with 5,441 points on Thursday at the California Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays Combined Events at Cougar Stadium in Azusa, Calif. The previous record of 5,304 points was held by Lacey Hulbert in 2006.
With the point total, Hawkins ranks eighth in the West and 10th overall in the nation for the heptathlon this season, while also having the best mark in the Western Athletic Conference by more than 200 points. Hawkins also moved up the school top-10 lists in the women's high jump and long jump as she ranks tied for fourth in the high jump and fourth in the long jump with marks of 1.76m (5-09.25) and 5.95m (19-06.25), respectively.
Thursday's action continued as USU had three student-athletes competing at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium for the 55th annual Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Sophomore Eric Shellhorn clocked a time of 9:22.62 to place 16th in the men's 3,000m steeplechase, while senior Stephanie Burt and freshman Tylee Newman placed 18th and 27th overall in the women's 3,000m steeplechase and women's 1,500m races with times of 11:18.78 and 4:26.68, respectively.
"The thing we want for the athletes going to these meets is to have success at what they do," Aggie head coach Gregg Gensel said. "Our distance runners accomplished that and Chari (Hawkins) of course did that too, but Chari surpassed what we thought she could do. We are so excited that she was able to break the school record and perform as well as she did in the heptathlon. It's a great tribute to her and the hard work she has put into her training. We are very excited for what lies ahead for her."
Action continues at the 2013 Mt. SAC Relays at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20. Events begin at 11 a.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, with the meet set to conclude at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. Live results are available for fans to follow the action by clicking on the "Live Results" link on USU's website.
Utah State will also host its annual USU Mark Faldmo Invitational at Ralph Maughan Track Stadium in Logan, Utah, on Friday and Saturday, April 19-20. Action will begin Friday at 4 p.m. MT with the women's and men's hammer throws, followed by the men's javelin at 4:30 p.m., as well as the women's and men's 5,000m run at 5 p.m. Saturday's action will start at 10 a.m. with the field events and the running events will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. All times are subject to change and the events will be moved ahead of schedule if possible.
(Personal-best marks italicized)
1,500m - 27. Tylee Newman, 4:26.68
3,000m Steeplechase - 20. Stephanie Burt, 11:18.78
Heptathlon - 1. Chari Hawkins, 5,441 points*
Hept. 100m Hurdles - 2. Chari Hawkins, 14.05
Hept. 200m - 8. Chari Hawkins, 25.65
Hept. 800m - 14. Chari Hawkins, 2:26.83
Hept. High Jump - T-1. Chari Hawkins, 1.76m (5-09.25)
Hept. Long Jump - 2. Chari Hawkins, 5.95m (19-06.25)
Hept. Shot Put - 17. Chari Hawkins, 10.50m (34-05.50)
Hept. Javelin - 5. Chari Hawkins, 35.72m (117-02)
3,000m Steeplechase - 16. Eric Shellhorn, 9:22.62
* = Utah State Record
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.