Eight First-Team All-America Honors Highlight Mountain West Accomplishments At 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Mountain West student-athletes earned eight first-team All-America honors, including five on the men’s side, to highlight the Conference’s achievements at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Boise State senior Jordin Andrade finished runner-up in the men’s 400 Hurdles with a time of 49.24, which is the second-fastest mark in MW history.

In the men’s 1500 Meters race, a trio of Conference competitors ran a spectacular race, with New Mexico’s Peter Callahan holding the lead for a majority of the competition. With the final 100 meters in sight, the lead pack made their final kick and Oklahoma State’s Chad Noelle crossed the finish line first, just ahead of a hard-charging Zach Perkins of Air Force, whose time of 3:55.08 was good for second. It’s the second time in three years (2013) that the Air Force senior has finished second in the 1500 Meters at the national meet. Callahan finished fourth (3:55.22) for the second-consecutive year, while Boise State junior David Elliott (3:55.86) earned another point for the Broncos with his eighth-place finish.

New Mexico’s Logan Pflibsen garnered first-team All-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the men’s Pole Vault. Pflibsen, a senior, cleared 17’-8.50’’ to establish a new personal record.

On the women’s side, Boise State’s Marisa Howard earned her second consecutive top-five finish in the women’s 3000 Steeplechase, finishing fourth to earn first-team All-America honors. The senior, who was runner-up in 2014, finished the 2015 race with a time of 9:37.84, which is tops all-time in the Mountain West.

New Mexico’s Calli Thackery finished sixth in the women’s 5000 Meters with a time of 15:47.15, to claim the Lobos’ fourth first-team All-America accolade. Her finishing time is the fourth-fastest in the history of the Conference.

Alice Wright, a redshirt freshman at New Mexico, finished eighth in the women’s 10,000 Meters to earn first-team All-America honors. Wright, who won the event at the 2015 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was second at the West Preliminary, finished with a time of 33:41.86.

Highlights

-Air Force’s Dylan Bell took part in the Pole Vault and the junior cleared the opening height of 16’-10.75’’, but was unable to advance past the next mark of 17’-4.50’’ and finished tied for 16th, earning second-team All-America in the process.

-Boise State senior Emma Bates, the 2014 national champion at 10,000 Meters, finished the 2015 race in 10th-place after spending most of the contest with the leaders. Bates made a push to separate herself from the lead pack with four laps to go, but was chased down by the field. She finished in 33:50.14. Bates also competed at 5000 Meters on June 13 and finished ninth in 15:56.72, giving her two second-team All-America honors in 2015.

-Another Boise State runner, Tessa Murray, also competed in the 5000 Meters. Murray finished 15th in 16:14.95 to garner second-team All-America status.

-Colorado State senior Kiah Hicks earned second-team All-America honors in both the Hammer and Discus. She placed 15th in the Hammer on June 11 with a throw of 192’-11.00’’. Hicks’ best mark in the Discus on June 13 was 176’-9.00’’, good for 10th overall.

-Utah State’s Chari Hawkins eclipsed her own school record in the Heptathlon, scoring 5,750 points. That total is fourth-best all-time in the MW and was good enough to earn the senior second-team All-America accolades with the 14th-place finish. It’s the third consecutive year Hawkins has walked out of the national meet with second-team All-America honors.

-Fellow Aggie Cole Lambourne also walked away a second-team All-American, as the junior raced to a 15th-place finish in the 400 Meters. Lambourne, who did not qualify for the finals, ran his semifinal heat in a 46.53, just off his personal best time of 46.10 which he set at the West Preliminary in Austin, Texas to qualify for nationals.

-Wyoming’s Harry Fisher became the first Cowboy to earn All-America accolades in a track event since 1982, as the graduate student finished 16th in the 800 Meters. Fisher’s time of 1:48.93 placed him sixth in his eight-person semifinal heat.

-Hannah Everson, a junior from Air Force, ran in the 10,000 Meters and placed 21st with a time of 35:16.09. Everson, who won the West Preliminary, was competing in the 10,000 Meters for just the third time in her career.

-Colorado State sophomore Aaliyah Pete placed 18th in the Shot Put. Her best toss of the competition was 51’-4.50’’. It was Pete’s second straight appearance in the Shot Put at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

-Fresno State junior Kyra Johnson competed in the 400 Hurdles on June 11 and finished seventh in her semifinal heat (20th overall) with a time of 59.26. Later in the evening, Johnson teamed with Dezirae Johnson, Njeri Omawahleh and Nailah Harris-Murillo in the 4x400 Relay. The quartet of Bulldog runners clocked in at 3:40.67, which was good for seventh-place in their semifinal heat and 20th overall.

-San Diego State senior Kristen Brown competed in the Pole Vault for the second consecutive year. Brown cleared 13’-3.50’’ to finish in 17th-place, one spot shy of second-team All-America honors. Brown was 16th in 2014 with an identical mark.