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USU Track & Field collects 6 titles on final day of championships; Aggie men place 3rd, women 6th

By Mitch Praxl

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 20 2014 2:40 p.m. MDT

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

LARAMIE, WYO.

MAY 17, 2014

Women's Standings:

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

Men's Standings:

1. New Mexico - 185

2. Colorado State - 156

3. UTAH STATE - 127

4. Air Force - 126

5. Wyoming - 110

Men's Outstanding Performer:

Nic Bowens

First-Team All-Mountain West:

Name Place - Time/Mark - Event

Women:

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

Men:

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

Women:

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

Men:

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

Women's Results:

100m Hurdles (finals) - 2. Chari Hawkins, 13.53; 6. Cree Taylor, 13.89

200m (finals) - 6. Chalese West, 24.32

400m Hurdles (finals) - 3. Kylie Ross, 59.59; 5. Laycee Elliott, 1:01.06

4x100m (finals) - 5. Utah State (Brittany Rawlins, Bailee Whitworth, Chalese West, Chari Hawkins), 46.30

4x400m (finals) - 7. Utah State (Kylie Ross, Mikkell Minnoch, Chalese West, Bailee Whitworth), 3:55.84

5,000m (finals) - 15. Brittany Bushman, 18:29.19; 18. Alex Litzsinger, 18:32.86; Karlee Deeter, DNF

High Jump (finals) - 4. Chari Hawkins, 1.73m (5-08.00); 6. Rachel Orr, 1.73m (5-08.00)

Triple Jump (finals) - 5. Sam Nielson, 12.26m (40-02.75)

Javelin (finals) - 1. Kaylee Hartshorn, 47.74m (156-07); 8. Sam Nielson, 42.15m (138-03); 9. Mia Estes, 41.07m (134-09)

Shot Put (finals) - 12. Melanie Heslop, 13.25m (43-05.75)

Men's Results:

100m (finals) - 1. Nic Bowens, 10.18; 2. Parker Bluth, 10.42; 4. Silas Pimentel, 10.52

200m (finals) - 1. Nic Bowens, 20.72*; 2. Parker Bluth, 21.06; 5. Silas Pimentel, 21.42; 7. Jacob Bautista Jr., 21.50

400m (finals) - 1. Cole Lambourne, 46.71; 4. Tanner Hunt, 47.50; 6. Austin Groll, 48.25

400m Hurdles (finals) - 5. Dan Mosman, 52.14

800m (finals) - 8. Spencer Russell, 1:54.24

4x100m (finals) - 1. Utah State (Jacob Bautista Jr., Nic Bowens, Silas Pimentel, Parker Bluth), 39.44*

4x400m (finals) - 1. Utah State (Parker Bluth, Austin Groll, Cole Lambourne, Tanner Hunt), 3:09.84

Long Jump (finals) - 11. CJ O'Neal, 6.65m (21-10.00); 13. Kenny Hamlett, 6.46m (21-02.50)

Triple Jump (finals) - 11. Kenny Hamlett, 13.95m (45-09.25)

Pole Vault (finals) - 5. Mitchell Kalinin, 4.66m (15-03.50)

Shot Put (finals) - 3. Bryce Hall, 17.28m (56-08.50); Kevin Allen, ND

* - School Record

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