San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas Leaps To Triple Jump National Title

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (GoAztecs.com) - San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas won the Triple Jump at the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. It was the second career NCAA title (also 2013 outdoor triple jump) for Thomas and the first indoor championship.

It is the sixth individual national title for the Aztecs. An SDSU athlete has now won an individual title at three of the past four NCAA Championships (also Whitney Ashley in 2012 outdoor discus throw and Thomas in 2013 outdoor triple jump).

Thomas, who also was a runner-up at the 2013 indoor meet and 2012 outdoor meet in the triple jump, beat out 15 other entrants with a best of 45'-10.00'' (13.97m). The mark, which came on her sixth and final attempt, was more than a foot and a half farther than the runner-up Marshay Ryan of Auburn (44'-0.50'' (13.42m)). In fact, Thomas would have won the NCAA title in four of her five jumps (she passed on her third attempt).

Thomas, who was seeded first heading into the event with a mark of 45'-3.00'' (13.79m), is now a three-time first-team indoor USTFCCCA All-American (2012-14) and one-time indoor USTFCCCA All-American (2011). Thomas was one of 10 on the preseason list for The Bowerman Trophy (top collegian).

Allison Reaser also competed at the NCAA Championships, taking 15th in the Pentathlon with 3,996 points to earn second-team All-America status. It was the second-highest total of her career for Reaser, who has won six multi-event titles (2011-13 indoor Pentathlon, 2011-13 outdoor Heptathlon) at the MW Championships over the past three-plus years.

Reaser started the day by taking fifth in the 60 Hurdles in 8.32 seconds. Next up was the High Jump, where she was 16th with a mark of 5'-2.25'' (1.58m). In the shot put, Reaser came in 14th at 36'-05.00'' (11.10m). Next up was the Long Jump, where Reaser had the 11th-best performance with a leap if 19'-2.75'' (5.86m). The Pentathlon ended with the 800 Meters, where she came in eighth in an indoor personal record of 2:20.37.

Thomas’ 10 points gave San Diego State a tie for 19th place out of 58 scoring teams, which was the team’s best-ever indoor finish. The Aztecs have now finished in the top 10 in each of the past two NCAA indoor meets and in four NCAA meets overall (2013-14 indoor, 2012-13 outdoor). Oregon won the meet with 44 points, edging Texas (43.5), Florida (40.5) and Georgia (40.5).

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BroncoSports.com) – Boise State senior Emma Bates earned her second fourth-place finish of the weekend Saturday evening, racing in the 3000 Meters at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Bates clocked a time of 9:17.37, her second-fastest 3000 Meters of the season, to place fourth and earn her second USTFCCCA First Team All-American honor of the meet. The two honors earned over the weekend mark the sixth and seventh of her career, making her the most decorated Boise State Track and Field athlete in program history.

Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino earned her second title in two days, sweeping the 5000 Meters (Friday) and the 3000 Meters, Saturday. D’Agostino clocked a time of 9:14.47, followed by Arkasas’ Dominique Scott in second (9:16.03). Alabama’s Elinor Kirk edged out Bates to place third in 9:17.00.

Bates ends her indoor track and field career for Boise State with three indoor All-American honors, adding a 2013 second-team honor in the 5000-meters to her awards earned this weekend.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (GoWyo.com) – Wyoming’s Mason Finley finished fourth in the Shot Put at Saturday’s NCAA Indoor Championships with a throw of 65'-0.00'' (19.81 meters) in the Albuquerque Convention Center to collect his 10th All-America honor. Finley’s throw was his furthest ever at the NCAA indoor meet and he is the first Cowboy to earn back-to-back All-America accolades since Jack Shanklin in 2008-09.

“He competed pretty well today considering he battled a sinus infection all week,” UW associate head coach Paul Barrett said. “He went after it pretty well and it was his farthest throw ever at the NCAA championships. This should set him up well for outdoors, so we are pleased overall.”

Finley, a native of Buena Vista, Colo., entered the meet with the fourth-furthest throw at 66'-3.25'' (20.20 meters), which he threw at Wyoming’s Rocky Mountain Classic on Feb. 21 in War Memorial Fieldhouse.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UtahStateAggies.com) – Utah State junior Chari Hawkins scored a total of 4,025 points to place 14th in the Pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center, hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M.

Hawkins started the Pentathlon with a sixth-place finish in the 60 Hurdles. Her time of 8.33 easily broke her own school record time of 8.40 set earlier this season. The junior followed up that performance with a third-place finish in the High Jump with a leap of 1.79m (5-10.50).

The Rexburg, Idaho native then placed 11th in the shot put with a heave of 37'-8.00'' and 15th in the Long Jump with a distance of 18'-7.25''. Hawkins rounded out the Pentathlon with a time of 2:35.36 in the 800 Meters to take 16th. She earned second-team USTFCCCA All-America honors with her finish.

“Chari really competed well today. That was her second-best score ever in a great competition. All the girls were really on their game today so it was tough. She did a great job today and we’re proud of her,” said Aggie Veteran coach Gregg Gensel.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (GoAirForceFalcons.com) – Air Force junior Joey Uhle wrapped up the indoor track and field season with a seventh-place finish in the Pole Vault at the 2014 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 15, in Albuquerque, N.M. Uhle cleared 17’-8.50” to earn first-team All-America honors.

Uhle entered the competition on the opening height and cleared the 17’-0.75” bar on his second try. He was perfect at the next two bars, surpassing both the 17’-4.50” and 17’-8.50” heights on his first attempts. The bar was raised to 17’-10.50”, but Uhle was unable to clear that bar (a mark that would’ve matched his indoor best) and was one of four vaulters to exit the competition at that height. Uhle, who entered the meet ranked 16th in the field, finished seventh overall with a final clearance of 17’-8.50”.

Akron sophomore Sean Barber won the 2014 title with a Canadian Record clearance of 18’-10.25”, while Mississippi junior took second with a height of 18’-8.25”. Memphis junior Pauls Pujats and Arkansas junior Andrew Irwin recorded matching clearances of 18’-0.50” to finish third and fourth, respectively, while Eastern Michigan senior Max Babits rounded out the top-five with a mark of 17’-10.50”.