Colorado State Tops Men’s And Women’s Team Scores After Day Three Of Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships

CLOVIS, Calif.- Colorado State’s men and women both lead the team scores through day three of the 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The men currently have 73.5 points and are followed by Air Force with 62 tallies. The Falcon women have 89 points to lead second-place San Diego State by 47 points, at 89-42. 

Colorado State took home three titles (Men’s Shot Put, Women’s Shot Put and Women’s Pole Vault) on Friday afternoon, while New Mexico (Men’s Long Jump and Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase) and Wyoming (Men’s Hammer and Women’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase) grabbed two each.

Air Force (Men’s High Jump), Fresno State (Women’s Long Jump) and Utah State (Women’s Hammer) also won individual championships on the day.

The 2016 MW Championships will conclude on Saturday with eight field and 20 track events. Action gets under way at 3 p.m. PT with the Women’s Discus. The first track event of the day, the Men’s 4x100-Meter Relay, begins at 5 p.m. PT. 

Real-time scoring and results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the 2016 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which runs through Saturday, May 14, are available on the Championship Central page of TheMW.com. In addition, Saturday’s track events will be broadcast live and free of charge on the Mountain West Network
 
Men’s Event Notes
Hammer – Wyoming senior Tyler Anderson improved the top 2016 MW mark with a throw of 202’-9.00” to take first place. The 2015 MW champion, Colorado State’s Tyler Schultz, finished second with a throw of 201’-3.00” and Air Force’s Spencer Baldwin placed third at 199’-5.00”.

Long Jump – New Mexico senior Allan Hamilton won his second-straight MW championship and improved the top 2016 MW mark with a jump of 25’-0.50”. Sophomore John Reynolds (24’-7.75”) of Air Force and New Mexico junior Samuel Trigg (24’-2.25”) placed second and third, respectively. Hamilton becomes the Conference’s first back-to-back winner in the Men’s Long Jump since Wyoming’s Jeremiah James in 2008 and 2009, and third overall to accomplish the feat. New Mexico has claimed four championships in the event dating back to 2011.

Shot Put – Colorado State sophomore Mostafa Hassan, the 2016 MW indoor champion, won the event by more than four feet with a new 2016 MW top throw of 65’-2.75”, a Ram record. The heave ranks second all-time in Conference Championship history. The 2015 MW Champion, Air Force’s Grant Hamilton, finished second with a Falcon-record throw of 61’-2.25” and senior Tyler Schultz took third with a throw of 57’-7.00”. 

High Jump – Air Force won its third-straight MW championship, this time with sophomore John Reynolds’ jump of 6’-11.00”. Utah State freshman Leaugen Fray-Benoit (6’-9.75”) took second place and New Mexico senior Markus Miller (6’-8.75”) finished third. Air Force now has three-straight MW championships in the High Jump.

100 Meters – In the preliminaries, Utah State senior Nic Bowens, owner of the MW Championship meet record (10.18) set in 2014, took the top spot with a 2016 MW-best wind-aided time of 10.21 (+3.2) seconds, good for 14th-best in the nation. The 2015 MW champion, Utah State’s Parker Bluth, qualified in third with a time of 10.23 (+3.2) seconds.

200 Meters – In the preliminaries, Utah State senior Parker Bluth, the 2015 MW champion and owner of the top 2016 MW mark (20.52), ran the fastest with a wind-aided time of 20.61 (+2.2) seconds. The 2014 MW champion, Utah State senior Nic Bowens, qualified in third with a run of 20.70 (+2.2) seconds.

400 Meters – In the preliminaries, Air Force sophomore Tyler Koss ran the fastest with a time of 47.51 seconds, followed closely by Utah State freshman Brady Martin’s run of 47.57 seconds. The 2014 and 2015 MW champion, Utah State senior Cole Lambourne, qualified in third with a time of 47.76 seconds.

800 Meters – In the preliminaries, Utah State sophomore Clay Lambourne, owner of the top 2016 MW time (1:49.84), took the top spot with a mark of 1:51.92.

3,000-Meter Steeplechase – New Mexico senior Elmar Engholm, owner of the MW Championship meet record (8:46.49) took home his third MW championship (2013, 2015 & 2016) in the event with a time of 9:07.30. New Mexico junior Graham Thomas (9:09.92) placed second and Utah State junior Colby Wilson (9:11.69) took third. Engholm becomes the Conference’s first three-time champion in the 3,000-Meter Steeplechase.

Women’s Event Notes
Hammer – Utah State senior Maci Bingham, who owns the top 2016 MW mark and finished second in 2015, won the event by over seven feet with a throw of 197’-11.00”. Colorado State freshman Kelcey Bedard (190’-1.00”) grabbed second and UNLV senior Cortney Miller (189’-6.00”) took third.

Long Jump – Fresno State senior Je’Nia Sears, owner of the 2016 MW-best jump (21’-9.00”), placed first with a leap of 21’-6.25”, the third-best jump in MW Championship history. UNLV junior Ayana Gales (20’-10.75”) and New Mexico senior Samantha Bowe (20’-1.50”) finished second and third, respectively.

Shot Put – Colorado State junior Aaliyah Pete won her third-straight MW championship with a new 2016 MW top mark of 53’-2.75”. San Diego State junior Rachel Alesi (49’-9.25”) and Boise State sophomore Courtney Hutchinson (49’-7.00”) took second and third, respectively. Pete is the first female athlete to two win three MW championships in the Shot Put.

Pole Vault – Colorado State senior Karly Reimel took the event with a vault of 13’-5.00”, while San Diego State placed second and third with freshman Marissa Berry (13’-2.50”) and sophomore Bonnie Draxler (13’-2.50”), respectively.

100 Meters – In the preliminaries, San Diego State sophomore Ashley Henderson, took the top spot with a 2016 MW-best wind-aided time of 11.01 (+4.0) seconds, good for third-best in the nation. 

200 Meters – In the preliminaries, UNLV sophomore Drea Austin finished first with a run of 23.01 (+4.7) seconds.

400 Meters – In the preliminaries, Fresno State sophomore Nailah Harris-Murillo placed first with a personal-best run of 54.99 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the MW this year. The 2015 MW champion, Colorado State’s Emily Romo, qualified in fourth with a time of 55.38 seconds and the 2014 MW champion, Fresno State’s Dezirae Johnson, qualified in sixth with a run of 55.49 seconds.

800 Meters – In the preliminaries, UNLV senior Auzsane Crowe-Carter, the 2014 and 2015 MW champion and owner of the top 2016 MW time (2:06.76), ran the fastest with a mark of 2:08.17.

100-Meter Hurdles – In the preliminaries, Colorado State junior Lorenda Holston set a new 2016 MW top time with a run of 13.26 seconds, which ranks 17th in the nation. Last year’s MW champion, San Diego State junior Micha Auzenne, finished fifth with a clocking of 13.54 seconds. 

400-Meter Hurdles – In the preliminaries, Fresno State senior Kyra Johnson, the 2015 MW champion and owner of the fastest MW time in 2016 (58.04) took the top spot with a run of 59.15 seconds. 

3,000-Meter Steeplechase – Wyoming junior Audra DeStefano ran the third-fastest time in MW Championship history with a time of 10:07.35 to win the event for the first time after finishing second in 2014 and 2015. Boise State freshman Minttu Hukka (10:14.06) and Colorado State sophomore Sanne Holland (10:25.34) placed second and third, respectively. DeStefano claimed her first MW championship in the event after runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015. 

Men’s 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Team Rankings 
Colorado State - 73.50
Air Force - 62
New Mexico - 56.50
Utah State - 37
Wyoming - 23
Boise State - 21

Women’s 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Team Rankings
Colorado State - 89
San Diego State - 42
Utah State - 30
New Mexico - 30
Boise State - 16
UNLV - 15
Wyoming - 14
Nevada - 11
Fresno State - 10
Air Force - 9
San Jose State - 7

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