New Mexico Sweeps 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – New Mexico swept the team titles at the 2014 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the Cadet Field House on the grounds of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

It is the second straight MW Indoor title for the men, who claimed their first title last year, and the first such title for the women, who finished second during each of the last two seasons.

Colorado State finished second in the men’s standings with 133 points, followed by Air Force (128), Utah State (109.50), Wyoming (86) and Boise State (34). On the women’s side, Wyoming finished second with 84 points, followed by San Diego State (75), Colorado State (67), Boise State (65), Utah State (58), Fresno State (50), UNLV (46), Air Force (37.50) and Nevada (32).

Utah State swept the Outstanding Performer Of The Meet awards, as juniors Nic Bowens and Chari Hawkins won the men’s and women’s titles, respectively. New Mexico’s Joe Franklin claimed the Coach of the Year honors for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Men’s Team Scores:
1. New Mexico 166.50; 2. Colorado State 133; 3. Air Force 128; 4.  Utah State 109.50; 5. Wyoming 86; 6. Boise State 34

Women’s Team Scores:
1. New Mexico 148.50; 2. Wyoming 84; 3. San Diego State 75; 4. Colorado State 67; 5. Boise State 65; 6. Utah State 58; 7. Fresno State 50; 8. UNLV 46; 9. Air Force 37.50; 10. Nevada 32

Men’s Outstanding Performer Of The Meet: Nic Bowens, Utah State
Women’s Outstanding Performer Of The Meet: Chari Hawkins, Utah State
Men’s Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
Women’s Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico

2014 MW Indoor Track and Field Championships Notes
- With a time of 7.73, Colorado State senior Trevor Brown broke his own Championship and all-time record to capture his fourth straight Conference title in the 60 Hurdles. On the women’s side, San Diego State junior Kristen Brown clocked the second-fastest time in championship history (8.31) to win the 60 Hurdles.

- Wyoming senior Mason Finley won his second Mountain West indoor title in the Shot Put, recording a distance of 64’-7.00”, a mark tied for the third-best distance in MW Championship Meet history. Colorado State senior Jessica Sharbono won the women’s event with a throw of 52’-3.75”, leading the Rams to two of the top-three finishes in that event.

- Utah State junior Nic Bowens clocked a Mountain West and Indoor Championship-record time of 6.61 to win the 60 Meters, which is also the 10th-fast 60 Meters time in the nation this season. Bowens followed up his 60 Meters title with the league’s 200 Meters title. Bowens clocked the fourth-fastest time in Championship history (21.11) to claim the win.

- Boise State senior Mackenzie Flannigan clocked a 7.46 to win the 60 Meters, while just 0.01 seconds separated the top six, with times being broken down to the thousandths. Flannigan also finished second in the 200 Meters

- San Diego State senior Shanieka Thomas recorded an Indoor Championship record distance of 44’-5.25” to capture her third straight Mountain West title in the Triple Jump. New Mexico junior Warrick Campbell recorded a mark of 51’-4.50” on his final attempt to claim the Conference title.

- Boise State senior Emma Bates broke her own Indoor Championship record in the 3000 Meters to secure her second straight MW title with a with a time of 9:28.18. Her time also set a Cadet Field House Record, easily breaking the previous record set earlier this year by 20 seconds. 

- Air Force claimed six of top-eight finishes in the Pole Vault, with junior Joey Uhle and sophomore Dylan Bell tied following a jump-off at 17’-7.00”, while senior Cort Rogers (fourth, 16’-8.75”), senior Elliott Beski (fifth, 16’-0.75”), freshman Tyler Ginger (sixth, 16’-0.75”) and freshman Kyle Pater (seventh, 15’-9.00”) also scored for the Falcons, who amassed 31 points.

- Utah State’s Rachel Orr won the High Jump with a mark of 5’-9.75”, edging teammate Chari Hawkins, who placed second with a leap of 5’-8.50”.

- The New Mexico women claimed the top-three finishes of the Mile, with senior Charlotte Arter taking top honors in 4:56.73. Classmates Chloe Anderson and Suzie Boast rounded out the sweep with respective times of 5:00.06 and 5:04.46. On the men’s side, Utah State senior Eric Shellhorn used a furious surge in the final 30 meters to win the 800 Meters (4:21.10). Air Force sophomore Patrick Corona finished second in 4:21.22 and New Mexico freshman Elmar Engholm took third in 4:21.27 as just 0.52 seconds separated the top five.

- UNLV sophomore Monay Meggs clocked a 54.89 to win the 400 Meters, while Fresno State sophomores Kyra Johnson and Dezirae Johnson placed second (55.23) and third (55.30), respectively. Meggs also finished fourth in the 200 Meters (24.32), while Wyoming sophomore Kereston Thomas won the event with a time of 24.32. Utah State sophomore Cole Lambourne clocked a 48.36 to win the men’s title.

- Air Force swept the men’s and women’s titles in the 800 Meters. Senior Annette Eichenberger clocked a time of 2:10.68 to win the women’s title, while junior Zach Perkins won the men’s race with a time of 1:51.70.

- New Mexico claimed the top-three finishes in the men’s 3000 Meters, with senior Luke Caldwell winning the title in 8:34.60. Junior Patrick Zacharias and senior Adam Bitchell finished second (8:37.65) and third (8:39.49), respectively.

- The UNLV squad of freshman Mandy Chitwood, senior Alva Castillo, sophomore Auzsane Crowe-Carter and sophomore Monay Meggs won the women’s 4x400 relay with a time of 3:45.88, while New Mexico’s sophomore Chris Kline, freshman Mustafa Mudada, junior Charles Lewis and freshman Cheyne Dorsey claimed the men’s title in 3:17.75.