Utah State women's track and field pole vaulter Sonia Grabowska cleared 3.92m (12-10.25) to finish in a 16-way tie for 20th-place in the pole vault on Friday, day two of the three-day first round action in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Mike A. Myers Track & Field Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Fellow senior Daniel Howell ran the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:03.38 to finish 21st, along with junior Bailee Whitworth crossing the finish line in 31st-place in the 200m with a time of 24.27. Freshman Nic Bowens ran a 21.70 in the 200m to place 39th, while sophomore Bryce Hall threw the hammer 51.69m (169-07) to claim 46th-place. Senior Lindsey Spencer participated in the discus but fouled on all three attempts.
Spencer will compete in the hammer throw Saturday, while Howell will run the 5,000m, and Hall will throw in the discus. Spencer has continued her historic season by setting the school records in the hammer (61.99m [203-04]) and discus (54.48m [178-09]) and winning the WAC Outdoor title in the hammer. Howell went undefeated at the WAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships in 2012, claiming titles in the indoor 3,000m and 5,000m, as well as the outdoor 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m races. Hall has shown consistency as he has led the Aggie men's throwers all year, capped off with WAC individual titles in the indoor weight throw and outdoor discus.
Utah State's women are coming off a sweep of the 2012 WAC Track & Field Championships. They won their first WAC Indoor title in February and their first WAC Outdoor title on May 11.
Field events will kick off the action each day at the first round of the NCAA Championships at 10 a.m. (MT), while the running events will begin later in the afternoon. For championship information, including an event schedule, fans can visit www.texassports.com/ot/2012-ncaa-tf-west-prelims.html.
Live results will also be available for fans to follow each event by clicking in the "watch live" and "live results" links at www.utahstateaggies.com.
The finals for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held on June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
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UTAH STATE RESULTS
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - FIRST ROUND
MAY 25, 2012
200m - 31. Bailee Whitworth, 24.27
Pole Vault - T-20. Sonia Grabowska, 3.92m (12-10.25)
Discus - Lindsey Spencer, Foul
200m - 39. Nic Bowens, 21.70
3,000m Steeplechase - 21. Daniel Howell, 9:03.38
Hammer - 46. Bryce Hall, 51.69m (169-07)
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.