2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships Begin Wednesday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin Wednesday, May 13 at the San Diego State Aztec Sports Deck and are hosted by San Diego State University.

Real-time scoring and results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the 2015 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which runs through Saturday, May 16, are available on the Championship Central page of TheMW.com at http://www.themw.com/#!/page/championship_c-otrack. In addition, Friday and Saturday’s track events will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network. Fans can watch those events at http://campusinsiders.com/network/mw/live.

New Mexico is the defending champion on the men’s side, while the host Aztecs are the two-time repeat champions on the women’s side. A total of 17 teams (six men, 11 women), will compete in the meet.

New Mexico senior Django Lovett, a two-time winner in the High Jump (2011, ’13) returns for a crack at his third Conference title. On the women’s side, Boise State senior Emma Bates, the reigning NCAA champion at 10,000 Meters, looks to add to her five outdoor individual titles. Bates won the 5,000 Meters in 2012 (17:08.36), the 10,000 Meters in 2013 (36:09.92) and the 1500 Meters (4:40.06) and 5000 Meters (17:37.68) last year.

Men’s Event Notes

100 Meters: Utah State junior Parker Bluth leads the way entering the Conference meet with a time of 10.42, followed by Air Force’s Zach Johnson (10.51) and Colorado State’s Josh DeLoach (10.54).

200 Meters: Bluth also possesses the top mark in the 200 Meters at 20.59. Boise State’s Alexandru Terpezan (21.18) and New Mexico’s Allan Hamilton (21.21) are the second- and third-fastest in the event this season.

400 Meters: Last year’s winner, junior Cole Lambourne of Utah State, possesses the top time in the MW this season at 46.14. Younger brother Clay Lambourne is second (47.53), followed by New Mexico’s Charles Lewis (47.74).

800 Meters: Wyoming freshman Ricky Faure’s time of 1:47.59 set on May 1 at the Cowpoke Open paces the field in the 800, with New Mexico’s Peter Callahan (1:48.14) and the Cowboys’ Harry Fisher (1:48.34) not far behind.

1500 Meters: Callahan currently leads the 1500 Meters field, with his time of 3:40.37 on May 2 standing as the top time. Boise State’s David Elliott is second at 3:41.61, followed in third by New Mexico’s Elmar Engholm at 3:42.26.

5000 Meters: Similar to Callahan, Elliott owns the top mark in one event (5000 Meters) and the second-fastest time in another (1500 Meters). Elliott’s 13:50.10 is narrowly ahead of Colorado State’s Jefferson Abbey (13:50.35), with Air Force’s Patrick Corona in third (13:51.54).

10,000 Meters: Colorado State’s Ben Larson’s time of 29:16.74 set at the Stanford Invitational on April 3 stands as the top time in the MW this season. New Mexico’s Julian Florez (29:33.71) and Air Force’s Riley Coates (29:58.66) are the next-closest competitors.

110 Hurdles: Jamiel Trimble, a freshman from Air Force, leads the way with a time of 14.10. Wyoming’s Jordan Charles (14.17) and Colin Herold are the second- and third-fastest in the event in 2015.

400 Hurdles: Boise State’s Jordin Andrade, winner of the event at the 2013 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championship, enters the 2015 meet with the league’s fastest time of 49.64. Teammate Fernando Martinez is second at 51.00, followed by Colorado State’s Sam Little at 51.87.

3000 Steeplechase: Utah State’s Colby Wilson owns the top mark in the event at 8:45.71, with Boise State’s Allan Schroeder (8:46.48) and Michael Vennard (8:56.31) taking the second and third positions.

4x100 and 4x400 Relays: New Mexico leads the field in the 4x100 with a time of 40.34, while Utah State has the top 4x400 finish at 3:05.28.

High Jump: Air Force’s Taylor Smith and Colorado State’s Collin Scheer are tied for the No. 1 spot in the league at 6’-11.00’’. Smith took home the Conference title in 2014. The Rams’ Hunter Price is third at 6’-9.75’’.

Pole Vault: Dylan Bell of Air Force, runner-up in the event in 2014, leads last year’s champion and teammate, Joey Uhle, 17’-5.50’’ to 17’-5.00’’. New Mexico’s Logan Pflibsen is third at 17’-4.50’’.

Long Jump: New Mexico’s Allan Hamilton posted the MW’s top mark this year at the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 17 at 25’-6.25’’, with teammate Yannick Roggatz second at 24’-5.00’’. Fresno State’s Devin Harrison, the 2014 champion, is third at 24’-4.25’’.

Triple Jump: Jonathan Edmunds, a senior from Colorado State, holds the top leap in the field at 50’-10.00’’. Warrick Campbell of New Mexico, runner-up at the 2014 MW Championship, is second (50’-5.25’’) and Wyoming’s Scott Carter enters in third (49’-3.75’’).

Shot Put: Air Force’s Grant Hamilton, a two-time second-place finisher (2013, ’14) in the event, leads the field heading into this weekend’s meet. Hamilton’s heave of 60’-3.75’’ is ahead of Colorado State’s Tyler Schultz (58’-5.75’’), the 2013 MW champion and fellow Ram JT Van Veen (56’-4.75’’).

Discus: Hamilton also possesses the top mark in the Discus at 183’-1.00’’. Van Veen, who won the event as a freshman in 2013, is second at 180’-4.00’’ and Fresno State’s Brice Sandri is third at 179’-11.00’’.

Hammer: Schultz owns the best throw in this event at 209’-4.00’’, with teammate Jake Schneeberger second (202’-5.00’’) and Wyoming’s Tyler Anderson third (198’-4.00’’).

Discus: Utah State’s Devin Wright (207’-5.00’’), New Mexico’s Michael Ellis (205’-6.00’’) and Air Force’s Taylor Hulslander (200’-5.00’’) rank one-two-three in the event entering the 2015 Championship.

Decathlon: Colorado State is one-two in the standings heading into Wednesday and Thursday’s competition. Josh Cogdill leads the way with 6,883 points and Hunter Price is at 6,767 points. New Mexico’s Daniel Lam occupies the third-best point-total this season with 6,598 points.

Women’s Event Notes

60 Meters: Boise State’s Mackenzie Flannigan’s time of 11.57 set on May 1 at the Border Clash 2015 stands as the top mark in the MW this season. San Diego State’s Ashley Henderson (11.64) and UNLV’s Destiny Smith-Barnett (11.67) are two-three in the standings.

200 Meters: San Diego State freshman Simone Glenn leads the field in the 200 with a time of 23.48, followed by Flannigan (23.59) and Smith-Barnett (23.77).

400 Meters: Emily Romo of Colorado holds the fastest 400 Meters time this season at 54.11, with Nevada’s Katherine Surin (54.36) and Colorado State’s Abby Simpson (54.63) close behind.

800 Meters: UNLV’s Auzsane Crowe-Carter, the 2014 MW champion at 800 Meters, enters the 2015 meet with the league’s top time at 2:07.02. Wyoming Kerry White is second at 2:08.53, followed by New Mexico’s Sophie Connor at 2:08.60.

1500 Meters: Calli Thackery of New Mexico paces the field with a time of 4:15.41. Emma Bates of Boise State is second at 4:16.37 and Fresno State’s Annemarie Schwanz is third at 4:20.33.

5000 and 10,000 Meters: Bates currently leads both events. Her time in the 5000 Meters is 15:32.46, while her 10,000 Meters time of 32:13.28. Both are the top marks all-time in the Conference. In the 5000 Meters, Thackery is second (15:42.57) and Alice Wright, also of New Mexico, is third (15:45.87). At 10,000 Meters, Wright is second (32:56.33) and Wyoming’s Holly Page is third (33:49.66).

100 Hurdles: San Diego State holds the top two times. Micha Auzenne is at 13.32, while 2014 MW champion Kristen Brown is at 13.36. Utah State’s Chari Hawkins is third at 13.50.

400 Hurdles: Wyoming’s Erin Kirby, who in addition to track & field starred for the Cowgirls’ volleyball team, leads the field at 58.66. Fresno State’s Kyra Johnson is second (58.73) and Colorado State’s Stephanie Gerber is third (59.96).

3000 Steeplechase: Two-time defending champion Marisa Howard enters the 2015 meet with the top time at 10:08.58. Wyoming’s Audra DeStefano (10:18.51) and New Mexico’s Nicola Hood (10:25.59) are the next-closest competitors.

4x100 and 4x400 Relays: San Diego State has the top time this season in the 4x100 at 44.91, while in the 4x400, Fresno State leads with a time of 3:37.88.

High Jump: Colorado State’s Jazmyn Webster has cleared 6’-0.00’’ this season, best in the Conference. San José State’s Emma Sutherland is second at 5’-9.75’’, followed by Hawkins in third at 5’-9.25’’.

Pole Vault: Brown, the two-time defending champion in the event, narrowly trails SDSU teammate Bonnie Draxler entering the 2015 meet. Draxler has posted a clearance of 13’-9.25’’, with Brown checking in at 13’-9.00’’. Boise State’s Allison Jeffries is third at 13’-6.25’’.

Long Jump: Utah State’s Hawkins holds the top spot in this event at 19’-11.00’’. She was runner-up in the 2014 MW Championship. UNLV’s Krystal Wharton is second (19’-9.75’’) and San José State’s Cambree Harbaugh is third (19’-7.00’’).

Triple Jump: The Spartans’ Nicole Iloanya owns the top jump this season at 41’-11.50’’, just ahead of New Mexico’s Jannell Hadnot at 41’-11.25’’. Colorado State’s Cheyenne Hall is third at 39’-10.00’’.

Shot Put: Defending champion Aaliyah Pete of Colorado State holds the top throw in 2015 at 54’-2.00’’. UNLV’s Mackenna Howard (51’-6.25’’) and CSU’s Kiah Hicks (49’-10.50’’) are two-three.

Hammer and Discus: Hicks leads in both events. Her mark in the Hammer is 207’-7.00’’. Utah State’s Maci Bingham is second (197’-3.00’’) and Wyoming’s Shreese Daniels is third (195’-8.00’’). In the Discus, Hicks has posted a 176’-9.00’’. San Diego State’s Alexa Evans is second (174’-6.00’’) and Jasmine Burrell, the 2013 MW champion, is third (172’-8.00’’).

Javelin: Colorado State’s Jessi Macedo leads at 151’-5.00’’, followed by Utah State’s Mia Estes (147’-0.00’’) and Nevada’s Katia Coquis (145’-6.00’’).

Heptathlon: Hawkins of Utah State paces the field with 5,732 points. Nevada’s Nicole Wadden is second (5,215) and San José State’s Jade Childs is third (4,991).