Colorado State Men, New Mexico Women Lead After Day Three Of 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – On a day where five new Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championship records were set, the Colorado State men and the New Mexico women lead their respective team standings after day three of the 2015 MW Championships at SDSU Sports Deck. CSU has 85 points entering the final day of competition and UNM has 57.
For the men, the Rams lead second-place Air Force, which has 58 points to its credit. In third are the Lobos with 51, followed by Wyoming (43) and Utah State (21). Fresno State and Boise State round out the standings with eight and seven points, respectively.
On the women’s side, the race for the title is much closer with the Lobos nursing a one-point edge over Colorado State, which boasts 56 points. The host school and two-time defending champion, San Diego State, sits in third place with 47 points and Utah State is lurking with 31 points. Wyoming finds itself in fifth place after accumulating 27 points and is ahead of San José State (18), Boise State (14), Nevada (11), UNLV (9) and Fresno State (3).
The top performer of the day for either side was CSU’s Kiah Hicks, who won the women’s Hammer and Discus throw. The senior made her final appearance at the MW Championship count, erasing memories of two consecutive second-place efforts in the Hammer. On this day, she was crowned champion after a heave of 203’-8.00’’ in the pouring rain at UC San Diego in nearby La Jolla. Later after the City of San Diego dried out, Hicks won the Discus after a toss of 196’-7.00’’, which was a new Championship record and the second-best throw nationally this season.
Final-day action continues on Saturday at SDSU Sports Deck beginning at 10 a.m. PT with the women’s Javelin. The track events are slated for an 11 a.m. PT start (women’s 4x100 Relay).
2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships Notes
Women’s 3000 Steeplechase: Boise State’s Marisa Howard won her third-straight MW title on Friday, taking the 3000 Steeplechase in 9:57.56. That’s the second-fastest time in Conference championship history.
Men’s 3000 Steeplechase: New Mexico’s Elmar Engholm took home his second Steeplechase title in three years (2013), winning the 2015 race in 8:46.49, setting a new MW Championship record in the process.
Women’s Long Jump: San José State freshman Kelsey Johnson-Upshaw earned the Spartans’ first-ever MW individual title in track and field, claiming the Long Jump with a leap of 19’-6.00’’.
Men’s Hammer: It was a one-two Colorado State finish in the Hammer as Tyler Schultz (207’-1.00’’) beat out teammate Jake Schneeberger (203’-10.00’’) for the top spot. It is Schutz’s first-career MW outdoor title.
Women’s Hammer: After two straight runner-up finishes (2013, ’14), Colorado State senior Kiah Hicks garnered medalist honors in 2015, winning the Hammer with a heave of 203’-8.00’’.
Women’s Discus: Hicks claimed her second medalist honors of the day with a win in the Discus. Her launch of 196’-7.00’’ is a new MW Championship record and stands as the second-best throw in the nation this season.
Men’s Long Jump: Allan Hamilton, a junior from New Mexico, leapt into the MW championship record books with a 25’-0.50’’ mark in the Long Jump. That distance is good for fourth-best in meet history.
Women’s Pole Vault: San Diego State took over the podium, claiming the top-four spots, including senior Kristen Brown, who won her third straight title in the event. Brown’s clearance of 14’-0.50’’ is a new MW Championship record and is third-best all-time in the Conference.
Men’s High Jump: For the second consecutive year, Air Force’s Taylor Smith took home medalist honors. Smith’s winning clearance was 7’-0.25’’. That’s the fifth-best mark in MW Championship history.
Women’s 10,000 Meters: New Mexico freshman Alice Wright shattered the Championship record, finishing the 10,000 Meters in 33:18.25, besting the old mark of 35:01.98 set in 2006. Wright’s time is also fourth-fastest all-time in the MW.
Men’s 10,000 Meters: Air Force’s Kyle Eller separated from the field in the final two laps and raced home to victory in the 10,000 Meters. His time of 29:49.83 establishes a new Championship record.
Men’s Discus: Another Falcon, Grant Hamilton, closed out Day 3 of the 2015 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a win in the Discus. His winning heave came on his final attempt and checked in at 179’-4.00’’.