Colorado State Sweeps Men's And Women's 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Colorado State men’s and women’s track and field programs won the 2015 Mountain West Outdoor Championships at a sun-splashed SDSU Sports Deck on the campus of San Diego State University. The men earned 187 points to claim their first-ever title, while the women picked up their first Conference crown since 2008 after accumulating 167 points.
The CSU men edged Air Force by 15 points as the Falcons racked up 172 points. New Mexico finished in third place with 145 points and was followed by Utah State’s 105 tallies. Wyoming came in fifth (99) with Boise State (86) and Fresno State (21) rounding out the field.
As for the women, Colorado State won by a comfortable margin (34 points) ahead of the Lobos, who posted 133 points over the course of the four-day Championship. The hosts and two-time defending champion, San Diego State, came in third place with 116 points. The race for fourth was a tight battle, one in which Utah State won as the Aggies finished with 68 points. UNLV was fifth with 64 points and Boise State finished one point ahead of Nevada, 62-61, to log sixth- and seventh-place performances, respectively. Wyoming (52), Fresno State (51), San José State (33) and Air Force (12) completed the final team standings.
CSU head coach Brian Bedard was named the Men’s and Women’s Coach of the Year for guiding the Rams to a sweep of both titles. As for the Outstanding Performer of the Meet Award, Utah State brought the brooms out to sweep the honor. For the men, Parker Bluth was recognized after winning the 100 Meters (10.34) and 200 Meters (20.52), and running the first leg on the 4x400 Relay team that won the race with a time of 3:07.48. He also helped the 4x100 Relay to a fourth-place effort (41.21). Chari Hawkins captured the trophy on the women’s side after winning the Heptathlon (5,622 points) and the High Jump (5’-9.25’’), finishing second in the long jump (19’-5.25’’) and fifth in the 100 Hurdles (13.75).
2015 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday Notes
Women’s 4x100 Relay: Colorado State opened the final day on the track with a victory in the 4x100 Relay. The Rams quartet of Lettia Wilson, Abby Simpson, Leah Fair and Lorenda Holston finished in 45.36.
Men’s 4x100 Relay: A late kick by Jamiel Trimble squeaked Air Force past New Mexico in 4x100 Relay. Joining Trimble on the winning squad were Robbie Anderson, Zach Johnson and Jake Spuller.
Women’s Javelin: Colorado State’s Jessi Macedo sailed past the field with a strong final throw in the Javelin to take medalist honors. Her best mark of the day was 165’-5.00’’, more than 15 feet further than her next-closest competitor.
Women’s 1500 Meters: Calli Thackery of New Mexico broke free from a crowded lead pack on the final lap to win the 1500 Meters in 4:29.97.
Men’s 1500 Meters: Boise State’s David Elliott found another gear on the bell lap and sprinted pasted the field to win the race in 3:52.30.
Women’s 100 Hurdles: San Diego State claimed the first two finishing spots, with sophomore Micha Auzenne taking home first-place in 13.38. Kristen Brown was second in 13.44.
Men’s 110 Hurdles: Trimble showed good form on the final few hurdles and a strong finishing kick propelled him to a win in 14.18.
Women’s 400 Meters: Colorado State’s Emily Romo held off late surges from Nevada’s Katherine Surin and New Mexico’s Holly VanGrinsven to win the race in 53.99.
Men’s 400 Meters: Utah State’s Cole Lambourne successfully defended his title, as he raced around the track in 46.31. That time is fifth-fastest in Championship history.
Women’s 100 Meters: Mackenzie Flannigan of Boise State proved to be the fastest runner in a competitive field, taking the 100 Meters title in 11.44.
Men’s 100 Meters: Parker Bluth of Utah State continued the Aggies’ winning ways in the 100 Meters, taking the 2015 title in 10.34.
Women’s 800 Meters: UNLV’s Auzsane Crowe-Carter repeated as champion, leaded the entire final lap en route to a 2:08.63 finish.
Men’s 800 Meters: Wyoming freshman Ricky Faure kicked past Utah State’s Clay Lambourne and Cowboy teammate Harry Fisher to win the race in 1:48.79.
Women’s 400 Hurdles: Fresno State’s Kyra Johnson pulled away from the field in the final 100 meters earn top honors in 58.22.
Men’s 400 Hurdles: Boise State’s Jordin Andrade garnered his second MW Championship in three years (2013) in the event, winning the 2015 race in 50.39.
Women’s 200 Meters: Flannigan doubled-up in the sprints, taking the 200 Meters in 23.31.
Men’s 200 Meters: Bluth secured his second title of the day by sprinting to victory in the 200 Meters in 20.52.
Men’s Triple Jump: Allan Hamilton of New Mexico earned his second individual title of the 2015 championship with a victory in the Triple Jump. His winning leap was 50’-6.75’’.
Women’s High Jump: Utah State’s Chari Hawkins, Boise State’s Jordan Ward, Colorado State’s Jazmyn Webster and Nevada’s Kinsey Minter all tied at 5’-9.25’’, but Hawkins took home the title due to fewer misses to clear the previous bar height.
Men’s Shot Put: Grant Hamilton of Air Force wrapped up a solid 2015 championship effort, as his heave of 59’-2.25’’ won him the individual title over Colorado State’s Tyler Schultz.
Women’s 5000 Meters: Marisa Howard of Boise State took home her second title of the 2015 Championship (3000 Steeplechase), blitzing past the field on the final lap to win the 5000 Meters in 16:08.10. That is the second-fastest finish in Championship history.
Men’s 5000 Meters: Falcon junior Patrick Corona turned on the burners on the final lap to win the 5000 Meters in 13:57.67.
Men’s Pole Vault: Air Force senior Joey Uhle claimed his second straight outdoor title in the Pole Vault, clearing 16’-11.50’’. The Falcons’ Kyle Pater (16’-11.50’’) and Dylan Bell (16’-3.50’’) finished second and third, respectively.
Women’s Triple Jump: Lobo sophomore Jannell Hadnot leapt past her competitors in Triple Jump, taking home the title with a mark of 42’-4.25’’.
Men’s Javelin: New Mexico freshman Beau Clafton nailed the winning throw on his very first attempt in the Javelin. He won the title with a launch of 203’-7.00’’.
Women’s Shot Put: Colorado State’s Aaliyah Pete set a new MW Championship and all-time mark in the Shot Put with a heave of 55’-7.50’’. It’s the second-straight Shot Put title for Pete, just a sophomore.
Men’s & Women’s 4x400 Relays: Fresno State and Utah State closed out the 2015 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships with victories in the 4x400 Relays. The Bulldogs finished in 3:37.39, while the Aggies crossed the line in 3:07.48.