LARAMIE, Wyoming — Junior Nic Bowens wrapped up his historic weekend with three gold medals, sophomore Cole Lambournetopped the podium twice and senior Kaylee Hartshorn added an additional event title for the Aggies in Laramie, Wyoming, Saturday during the final day of competition at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Additionally, both of Utah State's men's relay teams finished first.
Following the meet, Bowens was named the recipient of the Outstanding Performer Award. The junior also won the Outstanding Performer Award at this year's Mountain West Indoor Championship meet.
Utah State's men's team garnered third place in the team standings with 127 points, while the Aggie women finished sixth with 78 points. In total, USU collected 22 first-team all-Mountain West selections for finishes of first through third place and 20 second-team all-conference honors for athletes who placed fourth through sixth.
Bowens started the day off by joining seniors Jacob Bautista Jr. and Silas Pimentel, as well as sophomore Parker Bluth, in winning the 4x100m with a school-record time of 39.44. Bowens then added an event title in the 100m with a time of 10.18 and again in the 200m with a Utah State-record time of 20.72. Bluth finished right behind Bowens in second-place in both the 100m and 200m, recording times of 10.42 and 21.06, respectively. Pimentel placed fourth in the 100m and fifth in the 200m, finishing with times of 10.52 and 21.42, respectively.
"It's great to have these guys to help push each other. One sets a personal record and then the next sets a personal record, and we just push one another until we're at the top," said Bowens. "I consider all of those guys my brothers. When one of us wins we don't get mad, we just want to do better next time."
Sophomore Cole Lambourne added another title for the Aggies, taking first in the 400m with a personal best time of 46.71. That time is the sixth-best time in the history of Utah State.
"I've been chasing that 46 second goal for my whole career, so when I looked up at that scoreboard it just felt like all the hard work had paid off," Lambourne said of his performance.
Lambourne also joined Bluth, freshman Austin Groll and sophomore Tanner Hunt to cap off the meet with a title in the 4x400m relay race. The team crossed the finish line in 3:09.84, the second-fastest time in school-history.
Senior Kaylee Hartshorn was the lone champion on the women's side for Utah State, winning the javelin with a personal-best toss of 47.74m (156-07), good for second-best all-time at Utah State.
Joining the above on the first-team all-Mountain West squad was junior Chari Hawkins, who finished runner-up in the 100m hurdles, crossing the finish line in 13.53. Additionally, senior Kylie Ross garnered third in the 400m hurdles after finishing in 59.59, good for fifth-fastest in USU history. On the men's side, senior Bryce Hall placed third in the shot put, recording a distance of 17.28m (56-08.50).
Hawkins added a second-team all-Mountain West selection to her two first-team honors, taking fourth in the high jump with a leap of 1.73m (5-08.00). Junior Rachel Orr joined Hawkins on the second-team squad after also clearing a height of 1.73m (5-08.00), good for sixth. Hawkins also joined freshman Brittany Rawlins and seniors Chalese West and Bailee Whitworth in placing fifth in the 4x100m with a time of 46.30. West also earned second-team accolades with a sixth-place finish in the 200m, crossing the finish line in 24.32. Taking fifth in the 400m hurdles was junior Laycee Elliott, who finished with a time of 1:01.06. Senior Sam Nielson captured fifth-place in the triple jump, recording a mark of 12.26m (40-02.75). Junior Cree Taylor rounded out the second-team all-conference selections for the Aggie women, snagging sixth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.89.
For the Utah State men, Hunt earned second-team all-Mountain West accolades with a fourth-place finish in the 400m, finishing in 47.50. Groll joined him with a time of 48.25 to take sixth. Junior Dan Mosman garnered fifth in the 400m hurdles, finishing with a time of 52.14. Finally, freshman Mitchell Kalinin snared second-team honors after taking fifth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.66m (15-03.50).
Utah State will send qualifying athletes to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships First Round, to be held May 29-31 on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
UTAH STATE RESULTS
MW OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
MAY 17, 2014
1. San Diego State - 144
2. New Mexico - 124
3. Colorado State - 94.50
4. Wyoming - 94
5. Boise State - 90.50
6. UTAH STATE - 78
1. New Mexico - 185
2. Colorado State - 156
3. UTAH STATE - 127
4. Air Force - 126
5. Wyoming - 110
Men's Outstanding Performer:
First-Team All-Mountain West:
Name Place - Time/Mark - Event
Kaylee Hartshorn 1st 47.74m (156-07) - Javelin
Chari Hawkins 2nd 6.09m (19-11.75) - Long Jump
2nd 13.53 - 100m Hurdles
Keeley Eldredge 3rd 60.00m (196-10) - Hammer Throw
Kylie Ross 3rd 59.59 - 400m Hurdles
Jacob Bautista Jr. 1st 39.44 - 4x100m
Parker Bluth 1st 39.44 - 4x100m
1st 3:09.84 - 4x400m
2nd 10.42 - 100m
2nd 21.06 - 200m
Nic Bowens 1st 10.18 - 100m
1st 20.72 - 200m
1st 39.44 - 4x100m
Austin Groll 1st 3:09.84 - 4x400m
Tanner Hunt 1st 3:09.84 - 4x400m
Cole Lambourne 1st 46.71 - 400m
1st 3:09.84 - 4x400m
Silas Pimentel 1st 39.44 - 4x100m
Bryce Hall 3rd 17.28m (56-08.50) - Shot Put
Xavier Williford Jr. 3rd 1.99m (6-06.25) - High Jump
Colby Wilson 3rd 9:28.45 - 3,000m Steeplechase
Second-Team All-Mountain West:
Name Place - Time/Mark - Event
Chari Hawkins 4th 1.73m (5-08.00) - High Jump
5th 46.30 - 4x100m
Laycee Elliott 5th 1:01.06 - 400m Hurdles
Sam Nielson 5th 12.26m (40-02.75) - Triple Jump
Brittany Rawlins 5th 46.30 - 4x100m
Chalese West 5th 46.30 - 4x100m
6th 24.32 - 200m
Bailee Whitworth 5th 46.30 - 4x100m
Rachel Orr 6th 1.73m (5-08.00) - High Jump
Ashley Robison 6th 38:30.22 - 10,000m
Cierra Simmons 6th 11:30.93 - 3,000m Steeplechase
Cree Taylor 6th 13.89 - 100m Hurdles
Tanner Hunt 4th 47.50 - 400m
Silas Pimentel 4th 10.52 - 100m
5th 21.42 - 200m
Kevin Allen 5th 53.70m (176-02) - Discus
Mitchell Kalinin 5th 4.66m (15-03.50) - Pole Vault
Jay Coleman Merrill 5th 1.96m (6-05.00) - High Jump
Dan Mosman 5th 52.14 - 400m Hurdles
Eric Shellhorn 5th 9:31.38 - 3,000m Steeplechase
Austin Groll 6th 48.25 - 400m
200m (finals) - 6. Chalese West, 24.32
Triple Jump (finals) - 5. Sam Nielson, 12.26m (40-02.75)
Shot Put (finals) - 12. Melanie Heslop, 13.25m (43-05.75)
400m Hurdles (finals) - 5. Dan Mosman, 52.14Comment on this story
800m (finals) - 8. Spencer Russell, 1:54.24
Triple Jump (finals) - 11. Kenny Hamlett, 13.95m (45-09.25)
Pole Vault (finals) - 5. Mitchell Kalinin, 4.66m (15-03.50)
* - School Record
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