Air Force Men and Colorado State Women Win 2016 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Air Force men and the Colorado State women both won their second Mountain West Indoor Track & Field titles at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The University of New Mexico was the host institution for the event. The Falcons won the title with a second place showing in the final event, the 4x400 Meter Relay to win the championship by one point over Utah State in the closest title chase ever.

There was a lot of movement between the top three men’s teams, Air Force, Utah State and Colorado State throughout the final events. Those three teams comprised all the points in the penultimate event, the Weight Throw, with the end result being all three teams separated by just a trio of points. Air Force led with 134 points, followed by Colorado State in second with 133 points and Utah State in third with 131 heading into the 4x400 Meter Relay.  

Utah State would go on to win the relay, meaning all Air Force had to do was finish second, and heading into the final leg, Falcon runner Tyler Koss just needed to maintain his 20-meter lead over New Mexico’s Mark Haywood to finish runner-up and clinch the title. Koss never relented and stayed right in second, giving the Falcons their first Indoor title since 2012.  That Air Force win in 2012 over Boise State was the previous closest win, as they won by 2.5 points that year.

The women’s 3,000 Meter race secured the championship for Colorado State as CSU finished 6-7-8 to hold off a comeback by San Diego State. The win in the 3,000 gave the Rams six points and an insurmountable 12-point lead heading into the final event, with the Rams eventually topping second place SDSU, 115-105. CSU was steady throughout the championships, only scoring more than 12 points in an event once, but scoring in 16 of the 17 events.  That allowed them to outdistance the Aztecs, who scored 90 of their 100 points in just five events, the long jump, the pole vault, the 60 Meter Hurdles, the 60 Meter Dash and the 200 Meter Dash.

It was Colorado State’s second women’s Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championship, having last won in 2006, a meet that was also in Albuquerque.

The Coach of the Year Awards went to the winning coaches of the meet, Brian Bedard of Colorado State for Women’s Coach of the Year, and Ralph Lindeman of Air Force for the Men’s Coach of the Year.  New Mexico’s Allan Hamilton was the Outstanding Performer of the Meet of the men’s side, and Micha Auzenne of San Diego State was the Outstanding Performer of the Meet for the women.
Men’s Team Scores (FINAL)
1. Air Force  - 142
2. Utah State - 141
3. Colorado State - 138
4. New Mexico - 101
5. Wyoming - 70
6. Boise State - 64

Women’s Team Scores (FINAL)
1. Colorado State - 115
2. San Diego State - 105
3. Boise State - 71.5
4. New Mexico - 65
5. Wyoming - 59
6. UNLV - 56
7. Nevada - 52
8. Fresno State - 49
9. Utah State - 33
10. Air Force - 30.5
11. San José State - 27

Men’s Championships Saturday Notes

Men’s Shot Put: Cairo, Egypt native Mostafa Hassan (So., Colorado State) won the event with a toss of (19.15 meters/62’-10.00”). Both the men’s and the women’s shot put events were won by Rams (Junior Aaliyah Pete on the women’s side). 

Men’s Triple Jump: Scott Carter of Wyoming set a personal best mark of 15.76 meters (51’-8.50”) to claim the crown. Carter placed fifth in 2015.

Men’s Pole Vault: Air Force placed 1-2 in the men’s Pole Vault. The winning height was posted by senior Dylan Bell (5.41 meters/17’-09.00”) followed closely by teammate, junior Kyle Pater (5.41m/17’-9.00”). It was a breakthrough victory of sorts for Bell who finished second in 2014 and 2015.

Men’s Mile: Senior David Elliott of Boise State (4:09.94) edged Utah State sophomore Dillon Maggard (4:10.82) to win the men’s mile.            

Men’s 60 Meter Hurdles: Air Force sophomore Jamiel Trimble (7.78) won the men’s 60 Meter Hurdles after finishing in third place in 2015. Last year’s winner, Jordan Charles of Wyoming, came in second (7.89).Trimble’s time is the third best in MW Indoor Championships history and is a personal best for him, topping his old high-water mark of 7.90 set earlier this season at the Holiday Inn Invitational. 

Men’s 400 Meters: A new MW Indoor Championships meet record time in the men’s 400 Meters was set by Utah State sophomore Brady Martin. His time of 46.26 is also the second fastest all-time in MW history, behind only Lewis Banda’s (TCU) mark of 45.67 set in 2006. Martin’s time is a personal-best mark in the event.

Men’s 60 Meters: All-time MW Conference record holder and reigning Indoor 60 Meter Dash champion, Ridge Jones of New Mexico, repeated as the winner of the event. Jones has had success in the 60 meter at the MW Indoor Championships throughout his career as a Lobo, finishing second his freshman year and fourth his sophomore season. Jones owns two top-six finishes in the men’s 200 Meters at the MW Indoor Championships in his career.

Men’s 800 Meters: Clay Lambourne (So., Utah State) repeated as men’s 800 Meter winner. His time of 1:49.22 is a new best mark in MW Indoor Championships history, beating the previous record time (1:49.77) held by Justin Hedin of BYU. It is also the fifth best all-time in the Conference.

Men’s 200 Meters: Utah State senior Parker Bluth (20.79 seconds) edged Jamiel Trimble of Air Force (20.83) for the win. Bluth placed third in 2014 and second in 2015.

Men’s 5,000 Meters: Junior Jefferson Abbey (14:34.11) edged fellow Rams junior Jerrell Mock (14:36.00) to give Colorado State a 1-2 finish in the men’s 5,000 Meters. Abbey finished second in the men’s 3,000 meters at the 2015 MW Indoor Championships, while Mock placed fifth in the same meet. CSU last won this event at the MW Indoor Championships in 2006 (Rob Watson – 14:44.83).

Men’s 3,000 Meters: Senior Patrick Corona of Air Force took the title with a time of 8:19.26 after winning the 5,000 Meters a year ago. Air Force now has six 5,000 Meter titles all-time at the MW Indoor Championships.

Men’s 4x400 Relay: Utah State (Parker Bluth, Brady Martin, AJ Boully, Clay Lambourne) ran the second-best time in MW Indoor Championships history and third best all-time in the league, posting a mark of 3:09.48. It was the second year in a row the Aggies won the 4x400 Meter Relay.         
     
Women’s Championships Saturday Notes

Women’s Long Jump: Ja’la Henderson became the second Wyoming freshman to win an event at the 2016 MW Indoor Championships. Her winning leap in the long jump of 5.91 meters (19’-14.75”) edged the 5.90 meters of second-place finisher Cambree Harbaugh of San José State. Henderson is the first freshman to win the event in the MW Indoor Championships since BYU’s Amy Menlove in 2004. 

Women’s Shot Put: Junior Aaliyah Pete of Colorado State repeated as the winner of the Shot Put with a toss of 15.98 meters (52’-05.25”). In her career, Pete has never finished lower than third place in the event at the MW Indoor Championships. Combined with her two shop put wins at the MW Outdoor Championships, Pete now holds four Mountain West Shot Put titles. 

Women’s Triple Jump: New Mexico’s Jannell Hadnot  (12.85 meters/42’-02.00”) won the event after having finished third in 2014 and second in 2015.         

Women’s High Jump: Isobel Brown (1.78 meters/5’-10.00”) claimed the High Jump crown. The Colorado State junior placed fourth in the event at the 2014 MW Indoor Championships. Her mark is a personal best for Brown, eclipsing the 1.75-meter mark she had set at the 2015 Tom Benich Invitational.

Women’s Mile: New Mexico Lobos senior Sophie Connor (4:45.76) barely edged teammate Calli Thackery (4:45.79) by 3/100ths of a second for the women’s mile title. Their times represent the third and fourth best times ever posted in the MW Indoor Championships. Third-place finisher Annemarie Schwanz (Jr., Fresno State) finished in 4:49.35. Her time is sixth best all-time in meet history. New Mexico runners have now won the women’s mile at the MW Indoor Championships for five-straight years.

Women’s 60 Meter Hurdles: Junior Micha Auzenne of San Diego State repeated as the winner of the women’s 60 meter hurdles, while setting a new MW Indoor Championships record of 8.18. Auzenne’s time is also second-best ever by a Mountain West student-athlete. 

Women’s 400 Meters: Colorado State junior Emily Romo set a personal-best time in the women’s 400 Meters, posting a mark of 53.78. 

Women’s 60 Meters: San Diego State’s Micha Auzenne won her second event of the meet with a personal-best mark of 7.33. Auzenne finished second in last year’s MW Indoor Championships. She is the first Aztec runner to win the women’s 60 Meters at the meet since Tonette Dyer in 2003.

Women’s 800 Meters: Boise State’s Alexis Fuller became only the second freshman to win the women’s 800 Meters (Lacey Cramer, BYU, 2006) at MW Indoor Championships history.  Fuller is the first Bronco to win the event at the Championships.

Women’s 200 Meters: Ashley Henderson of San Diego State placed first after finishing second at the 2015 Championships. Her time of 23.44 is a personal best, surpassing the mark of 23.77 she set earlier this season at the Don Kirby Open & Elite.

Women’s 3,000 Meters: Senior Hannah Everson (9:32.79) won the women’s version of the 3,000 Meters, joining her Air Force teammate on the men’s side. Everson placed fourth in 2015. 

Women’s 4x400 Relay: Fresno State (Kyra Johnson, Dezirae Johnson, Nailah Harris-Murillo, Njeri Omawahleh) held off UNLV down the final stretch to take the title. The Bulldogs finished second to the Rebels the previous two years. The winning time of 3:38.05 is good for second fastest in MW Indoor Championships history and third fastest in MW history. 
 
Results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the 2016 MW Indoor Track & Field Championships are available on the Championship Central page of TheMW.com.  

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