CLOVIS, Calif. — Utah State's Brenn Flint thought to herself that defending her shot put title was a very important feat, especially during her senior season.
The native of Syracuse, Utah, did just that, as she cruised to a victory Friday on Day 3 of the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Flint tossed a season-best 16.55 meters (54-3.75) to capture the gold medal.
"It feels so good to come out here and do what we've been doing all season," Flint said. "To be able to get a season best in the shot put was amazing. It was pretty important for me to defend my title. We've been working on a lot of different things and it's nice to be able to come out and not struggle. I executed very well today and I was hitting the shot better than I have been all season."
Not only did Flint capture the shot put title on the women's side, but sophomore Josh Barclay earned gold in the men's shot put with a personal-best toss of 18.16 meters (59-07.00) on his final throw of the night, as his mark now ranks eighth on the all-time outdoor program list.
Junior Kyle Morris gave the Aggies a 1-2 finish in the men's shot put as he placed second with a mark of 17.77 meters (58-3.75).
"I wanted to break the 18-meter barrier. I wanted to get that medal, so I focused and hit a good throw," Barclay said. "It was really fun competing with Kyle, and he's been such a good teammate this year. It's been a head-to-head match with him this year and it was fun. I've been sweating all day and it was kind of funny being only a couple of centimeters in front of Kyle."
During the indoor campaign, senior Leaugen Fray and sophomore Hunter Simonsen went 1-2 in the high jump, and that's exactly what they did Friday as Fray captured gold with a leap of 2.12 meters (6-11.50), while Simonsen recorded a height of 2.06 meters (6-09.00).
"I tried to set the bar at a certain standard for us to get after, and I'm glad I accomplished that," Fray said. "It feels good to end on a good note. I know there's much more still to go, but winning the high jump in my final outdoor conference meet is pretty exciting. I stayed calm and it was reflective of how practices have gone. I didn't fixate too much on that, but knowing how much work I've put in, I knew the rest was going to follow."
In the finals of the women's steeplechase, senior Cierra Simmons-Mecham ran a season-best time of 9:56:58, finishing second overall.
Sophomore Stokton Smith excelled in the men's steeplechase, as he finished third overall with a personal-best time of 8:54.99, as that now ranks 10th on the all-time outdoor program list.
Senior sprinter Carl Jones Jr., advanced to Saturday’s 100-meter and 200-meter finals as he ran fourth and fifth-place prelim times of 10.71 and 21.65, respectively.
Freshman Spencer Eldridge ran a personal-best time of 48.72 in the 400-meter run, as he advanced to the finals portion by finishing seventh in the prelims.
Sophomore Tyler Lloyd placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles, as he ran a time of 53.50, good enough to qualify for the finals in the event. He also qualified for the 100-meter hurdles as he placed sixth in the prelims with a time of 14.91.
Freshman Alexis Koetitz didn't disappoint in her portion of the 400-meter hurdles on the women’s side, as she too, advanced to the finals, placing seventh with a personal-best time of 1:03.15.
Saturday's slate will have the trials and finals of three field events (javelin, triple jump and discus), as well as the finals of the men's pole vault and the women's high jump.
The Aggies will also have the finals for 11 track events (Friday's five plus the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters, 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay).
The day beings at 3 p.m. MDT with the men's discus and concludes with the women's 4x400-meter relay at 9:55 p.m.
Mountain West Outdoor Championships
Veterans Memorial Stadium, Clovis, Calif., May 10
1. Colorado State — 48
2. San Diego State — 39
3. Utah States —34
4. UNLV — 32
5. Wyoming — 28
6. Nevada — 25
7. Boise State — 22
8. New Mexico — 21
9. Fresno State — 16
T10. San José State — 4
T10. Air Force — 4
1. Colorado State — 85
2. Utah State — 65
3. Wyoming — 44
4. Air Force — 28
5. New Mexico — 27
T6. San José State — 10
T6. Boise State — 10
8. Fresno State — 3
USU women's results
Hammer (finals) — 5. Michala Zilkey, 57.45m (188-06.00); 22. Darcy Allen, 41.72m (136-10)
Pole vault (finals) — 18. Stephanie Wright, 3.64m (11-11.25); 19. Maren Garnett, 3.49m (11-5.25)
Shot put (finals) — 1. Brenn Flint, 16.55m (54-3.75); 6. Tori Bailey, 14.13m (46-4.25)
100-meter hurdles — 12. Talie Bonds, 14.33; 14. Alexis Koetitz, 14.68; 15. Abbey Bryant, 14.77; 16. Nakyla Jude, 15.29.
400-meter — 10. Jensen Mosman, 56.33; 16. Melanie Muncy, 57.90
100-meter — 16. Rachel Fronk, 12.77
800-meter — 11. Karen Christensen, 2:11.38
400-meter hurdles — 7. Alexis Koetitz, 1:03.15q; 10. Nakyla Jude, 1:05.09 200-meter — 17. Rachel Fronk, 26.29
3,000-meter Steeplechase (finals) — 2. Cierra Simmons-Mecham, 9:56.58; 11. Katie Struthers, 10:38.49
USU men's results
Long Jump (finals) — 5. Leaugen Fray, 7.00m (22-11.75); 7. Kyle Brost, 6.91m (22-08.00)
Hammer (finals) — 7. Oran Wasserman, 51.68m (169-07.00); 8. Christian Sonnenberg, 51.28m (168-03.00)
High Jump (finals) — 1. Leaguen Fray, 2.12m (6-11.50); 2. Hunter Simonsen, 2.06m (6-09.00); 5. Chandler Obray, 2.01m (6-07.00)
Shot put (finals) — 1. Josh Barclay, 18.16m (59-07.00); 2. Kyle Morris 17.77m (58-3.75); 10. Christian Sonnenberg, 14.17m (46-06.00)Comment on this story
110-meter hurdles — 6. Tyler Lloyd, 14.91q; 9. Zach Meyer, 15.15q
400-meter — 7. Spencer Eldridge, 48.72q; 10. Mikhail Kidd, 49.35
100-meter — 4. Carl Jones Jr., 10.71q; 12. Austin Lane, 10.96; 14. Chad Artist, 11.05
800-meter — 11. Dylan Barker, 1:57.05
400-meter hurdles — 4. Tyler Lloyd, 53.50q
200-meter — 5. Carl Jones Jr., 21.65q; 13. Austin Lane, 22.51; 14. Chad Artist, 22.62 3,000-meter
Steeplechase (finals) — 3. Stokton Smith, 8:54.99; 4. Adam Hendrickson, 9:01.94; 10. Devin Pancake, 9:35.77