MOSCOW, Idaho — Utah State men's track and field junior Jon Goble garnered first-team All-WAC honors after finishing second in the decathlon (6,470 points) on Wednesday, Day 2 of the four-day 2012 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex.
It is the first time that Goble has won first-team All-WAC honors. He has previously earned second-team All-WAC honors six times.
Fellow junior Jordan McMurray and senior John Johnson finished in fifth and sixth place in the decathlon with totals of 4,944 and 4,723 points, respectively. With the finish, McMurray and Johnson each earned second-team All-WAC honors.
Goble won the discus and 1,500m portions of the decathlon with marks of 33.50m (109-11) and 5:28.09, respectively, while also tying Idaho's Jeremy Klas and Andrew Blaser for top honors of the pole vault with a height of 4.70m (15-05.00). McMurray finished first in the javelin with a throw of 49.56m (162-07).
Freshman McKenzie Johnson finished the day in eighth place of the heptathlon with a personal-best point total of 4,276. She was the only Aggie woman to compete in the multi-events.
New Mexico State took the early lead on the women's side as it accumulated 13 points through two days of competition followed by Hawaii with 10, Idaho with eight, Nevada with five, Fresno State with two and Utah State with one point. For the men, Idaho leads the way with 20 points followed by USU with 11.
Field event finals, along with running event preliminaries and finals begin on Thursday with the meet set to conclude Friday evening. Championship details, including a meet schedule, are available at www.wacsports.com. Live results will be available at www.utahstateaggies.com.
The Aggie women are trying to sweep the 2012 track and field championships as they won the WAC Indoor Championships earlier this year. If they can accomplish the feat, it would be the fifth-straight year that the conference indoor and outdoor titles were won by the same team after Louisiana Tech won both team championships from 2008-11.
USU's indoor title was the first WAC Track and Field Championship for the USU women as well as the first conference indoor title since winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in 1994.
The Utah State men are hoping to defend their 2011 WAC Outdoor Championship as they have won three straight titles and four of the past five.
Those who qualify will continue their seasons at the first round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas on May 24-26. The finals for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held on June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
UTAH STATE RESULTS WAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
MOSCOW, IDAHO MAY 9, 2012
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. New Mexico State 13 2. Hawai'i 10 3. Idaho 8 4. Nevada 5 5. Fresno State 2 6. Utah State 1
MEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Idaho 20 2. Utah State 11
USU WOMEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Heptathlon - 8. McKenzie Johnson, 4,276 points
Hept. 2. McKenzie Johnson, 2:26.06
Hept. Long Jump - 8. McKenzie Johnson, 5.27m (17-03.50)
Hept. Javelin - 9. McKenzie Johnson, 19.99m (65-07)
USU MEN'S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Decathlon - 2. Jon Goble, 6,470 points; 5. Jordan McMurray, 4,944 points; 6. John Johnson, 4,723 points Dec. 110m
Hurdles - 2. Jon Goble, 14.85; 3. Jordan McMurray, 15.84; 6. John Johnson, 17.04 Dec.
1,500m - 1. Jon Goble, 5:28.09; 3. Jordan McMurray, 5:30.04; John Johnson, DNF Dec. Pole Vault - T-1. Jon Goble, 4.70m (15-05.00); 4. John Johnson, 4.50m (14-09.00); Jordan McMurray, NH
Dec. Discus - 1. Jon Goble, 33.50m (109-11); 4. John Johnson, 25.57m (83-11); 6. Jordan McMurray, 24.31m (79-09) Dec.
Javelin - 1. Jordan McMurray, 49.56m (162-07); 2. Jon Goble, 47.48m (155-09); 5. John Johnson, 41.39m (135-09)
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.