Air Force Men, Colorado State Women Claim Team Titles At 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships
CLOVIS, Calif. - Colorado State’s women’s program repeated as Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Champions, while the Air Force men had a huge final day of the championship at Veterans Memorial Stadium to capture their third league outdoor team title in the last five years.
It was a third overall Mountain West outdoor title for CSU’s women’s program (2007, 2015, 2016) as the Rams’ 165.50 team points edged San Diego State, who finished runner-up with 156 points. CSU’s title follows their championship from the 2015-16 indoor season.
Like Colorado State’s women, Air Force’s men’s program was also the indoor champion this year in addition to winning the cross country championship back in the fall. The Falcons’ 202 team points is the highest total by a winning program since 2013, the last year Air Force won the outdoor championship by scoring 210 points that season.
Utah State’s men’s program, led by its track athletes, had its highest-ever finish at the MW Outdoor Championship by coming in second place with 176 points.
San Diego State sophomore Ashley Henderson and Air Force’s Jamiel Trimble were crowned the women’s and men’s Outstanding Performer of the Meet, respectively. They each took home three gold medals on Saturday – Henderson in the 100- and 200-Meter Dashes and a part of the 4x100 Relay team, while Trimble won the 110-Meter Hurdles, 200-Meter Dash and on the final leg of his 4x100 Relay team.
Henderson’s winning 200-meter time of 22.44 (+2.3) Saturday is the fastest time recorded in NCAA Division I for all results coming in to the day.
Air Force head coach Ralph Lindeman was named the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Men’s Coach of the Year, while Colorado State’s Brian Bedard was named the women’s Coach of the Year.
Complete results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the 2016 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships are available on the Championship Central page of TheMW.com.
Women’s Events Notes
100-Meter Dash – San Diego State’s Ashley Henderson’s time of 11.10 is the third-fastest time registered in NCAA Division I this season.
4x100 Meter Relay – San Diego State won the 4x400-meter relay for the first time since 2004, posting a winning time of 44.30. It was the third-best overall and championship time in the event.
100-Meter Hurdles –San Diego State’s Micha Auzenne won a second-consecutive outdoor title in the event with a time of 13.18, improving on her winning time of 13.28 from last year.
200-Meter Dash – San Diego State’s Ashley Henderson ran 22.44 (+2.3) – the fastest time in NCAA Division I this year – to win her third gold medal of the day.
400-Meter Dash – Fresno State took home the championship for the third time in the last four years as Njeri Omawahleh crossed the finish line first in a time of 54.05. She edged Colorado State’s Emily Romo, who won the event last year and was also first in the event this year at the indoor championships.
400-Meter Hurdles – In one of the top races of the day, San Diego State’s Madison Gipson just nudged out Fresno State’s Kyra Johnson for the gold medal with a time of 58.02 - one one-hundredth of a second faster than Johnson, the 2015 champion. Gipson’s time was the fifth-fastest in MW history.
4x400-Meter Relay – Fresno State won the event for a third-consecutive season.
800-Meter Run – New Mexico’s Sophie Connor registered the fourth-fastest time (2:05.95) in championship history and defeated UNLV’s Auzsane Crowe-Carter, who was looking to become the first three-time champion in the event in Mountain West history.
1500-Meter Run – After taking second place last season, Fresno State junior Annemarie Schwanz took gold in 2016 with a time of 4:23.96.
5000-Meter Run – Boise State’s Brenna Peloquin charged through the event with a first-place time and second-fastest run in Mountain West Outdoor Championship history at 16:05.99. It was the fifth-straight time Boise State has won the event and Peloquin becomes the first freshman ever to win the 5000-Meter Run.
Discus – Fresno State sophomore Kayla Hopkins threw a personal-best 54.08 meters to become the school’s first Mountain West Champion in the event. She becomes the first sophomore to win the league championship since San Diego State’s Jasmine Burrell, who in 2012 threw 55.31 meters. Hopkins’ throw was the fifth-best in championship history.
Triple Jump – Jannell Hadnot of New Mexico won the event for a second-straight season with a jump of 13.01.
High Jump – Air Force’s Shelley Spires cleared 1.76 meters to place first in the event. The sophomore becomes the second Falcon in three years to win gold in the High Jump.
Javelin – Mia Estes of Utah State took home the crown with a heave of 49.40 meters. The junior bested 2015 winner Jessi Macedo of Colorado State by 1.21 meters.
Men’s Events Notes
100-Meter Dash – Utah State finished 1-2 in the event with senior Parker Bluth winning it for a second-consecutive season. He crossed the finish line in a time of 10.20, while teammate Nic Bowens was second at 10.28.
4x100 Meter Relay – With the fifth-fastest time in Mountain West Championship history, Air Force’s team of Gavin McHenry, Zach Johnson, Robbie Anderson and Jamiel Trimble took gold finishing in 39.92.
110-Meter Hurdles – Air Force’s Jamiel Trimble repeated as conference champion in the event and his time of 13.80 was the second fastest in Mountain West Championship history and third-fastest time overall in league annals.
400-Meter Hurdles – Utah State sophomore AJ Boully clocked a time of 51.14 to claim gold in the event.
200-Meter Dash – Jamiel Trimble of Air Force captured a third gold medal on Saturday by winning the event in a time of 20.56. Utah State’s Parker Bluth, who won it in 2015, finished second and teammate Nic Bowens, who won it in 2014, finished third. Trimble’s time is the fourth-fastest time in both championship and overall in MW history. It is the 16th fastest in NCAA Division I this year.
400-Meter Dash – Air Force’s Tyler Koss, after finishing sixth at the 2015 Outdoor Championships, took gold in 2016 with a time of 47.51. That upset two-time defending champion Cole Lambourne of Utah State. Koss’ time of 47.51 just edged Lambourne’s 47.76.
4x400-Meter Relay – Utah State won the event for the third consecutive season, winning it each and every year since joining the Conference.
800-Meter Run – Utah State sophomore Clay Lambourne took gold in 2016 after finishing second his freshman season. Lambourne was also the 2015-16 Indoor champion in the event.
1500-Meter Run – New Mexico’s Josh Kerr became the first freshman to win the championship since 2006 when BYU’s Kyle Pery won with a time of 3:46.81. Kerr’s winning time was 3:50.89 and he is just the second MW freshman to win the championship event.
5000-Meter Run – After finishing as the runner up in 2015, Boise State’s David Elliott placed first on Saturday with the fourth-fastest time in Championship history at 14:06.70.
Javelin Throw –Junior Devin Wright became Utah State’s first Mountain West Champion in the Javelin Throw, winning with a top mark of 62.17 meters.
Triple Jump – New Mexico won gold for a second-straight year thanks to Samuel Trigg’s winning jump of 15.77 meters, which was also a season-best for the junior. Teammate Allan Hamilton, the 2015 champion, took third with a mark of 14.82 meters.
Pole Vault – Air Force’s Dylan Bell, after finishing third last season, took first in 2016 by clearing 5.50 meters that tied him for the third-best vault in Mountain West Championship history.
Discus – The top two finishers from the 2015 championships both finished in the top two once again in 2016. Colorado State’s JT Van Veen, who was second last year, beat out Air Force’s Grant Hamilton with a throw of 58.02.
Men’s 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Team Rankings
Air Force - 202
Utah State - 176
Colorado State - 142
New Mexico – 133.50
Boise State – 85.50
Wyoming – 44
Fresno State - 31
Women’s 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Team Rankings
Colorado State – 165.50
San Diego State - 156
Fresno State - 96
New Mexico - 88
UNLV - 68
Utah State – 59.50
Nevada – 42.50
Boise State – 39.50
Wyoming - 35
Air Force - 35
San Jose State - 31