TUCSON, Ariz. — Utah State senior Lindsey Spencer set a new school record in the hammer throw (60.30m, 197-10.00) while the men's and women's track and field teams captured two event titles as part of 15 Top-5 finishes on Friday at Arizona's Willie Williams Classic and Dave Murray Distance Carnival at Roy P. Drachman Stadium.
USU also had four athletes take second place in their respective events including Spencer in the hammer throw along with juniors Stephanie Burt and Kaylee Campbell in the 1500m (4:40.73) and 3000m steeplechase (11:38.60), respectively. Freshman Devin Wright also placed second in the javelin (63.61m, 208-08.00), a mark that ranks eighth-best in Aggie history. Burt's time of 4:40.73 in the 1500m is a personal-best.
"Lindsey has been working hard and came out strong in the first outdoor meet. It is great to see her do so well," said veteran Aggie head coach Gregg Gensel. "We expect the athletes to come and do their best and they have done that so far. Hunter hasn't had a chance to compete this year because he is only eligible for the outdoor season, so it is great to see him come out this strong. We also knew that Devin Wright was a good athlete and he threw the javelin as far as we have seen in recent memory. For him to place in the Top 10 as a freshman is outstanding."
Senior Spela Hus placed fifth in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 14.89m (48-10.25), which moves her to No. 5 all-time in Utah State history. Sophomore Sam Nielson also placed fifth in the javelin with a mark of 41.35m (135-08.00), the 10th-best javelin mark in Aggie history.
Seniors Aaron Clements and Daniel Howell finished third and fourth in the men's portion of the 1,500m crossing the finish line with times of 3:54.36 and 3:55.30, respectively. Sophomore Bryce Hall garnered fourth-place in the hammer throw with a toss of 55.25m (181-03.00), while juniorSilas Pimentel and freshman Austin Neuner took home fifth-place in the 200m and and 3,000m steeplechase with times of 21.37 and 9:53.44, respectively.
Freshman Melanie Heslop and senior Spela Hus joined Spencer in Utah State's all-time Top 10 for the hammer throw, ranking at No. 9 and 10 with tosses of 52.75m (173-01.00) and 50.65m (166-02.00), respectively.
Action resumes at the Willie Williams Classic with the men's pole vault and women's discus starting at 11 a.m. MT and is set to conclude with the men's 4x400 meter relay at 4 p.m. All times are subject to change.
Utah State's track and field teams will continue their 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
3,000sc - 2. Kaylee Campbell, 11:38.60
5,000m - 20. Cherice Chugg, 19:29.02
High Jump - 9. Eric Follett, 1.91m (6-03.25)
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.