Utah State's Chari Hawkins Wins First Mountain West Pentathlon Title

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With a new Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championship-meet record 4,173 points, Utah State junior Chari Hawkins claimed her first Conference Pentathlon title on Thursday, Feb. 27, edging three-time defending champion Allison Reaser of San Diego State by 28 points at the Cadet Field House Indoor Track on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy.

Hawkins, who won the high jump with a clearance of 5’-11.50”, recorded the second-highest combined total in MW history. In addition to her win in the High Jump, Hawkins also placed second in the 60 Hurdles (8.41), third in the long jump (19’-0.50”), fourth in the shot put (38’-4.75”) and eighth in the 800 Meters (2:24.49).

Reaser, the winner of the last three Pentathlon titles, won the 60 Hurdles (8.30) and Long Jump (20’-5.00”), while placing second in the 800 Meters (2:25.23), fourth in the High Jump (5’-4.50”) and sixth in the Shot Put (37’-9.25”).

San Diego State sophomore Nicole Oudenaarden used a winning distance of 43’-4.50” in the Shot Put, finished third overall with 3,918 points. New Mexico junior Samantha Bowe (3,911 points) and Wyoming senior Jenna Mann (3,898 points) rounded out the top five with respective fourth- and fifth-place finishes.

Rounding out the field was San Diego State sophomore Karsen Sper (sixth – 3,538 points), Colorado State sophomore Jessica Green (seventh – 3,528 points), UNLV senior Taylar Mills (eighth – 3,478 points), Nevada sophomore Nicole Wadden (ninth – 3,406 points), Air Force freshman Alexa Chacon (10th - 3,344 points), Colorado State sophomore Monica Franco (11th – 3,309 points) and UNLV freshman Kylee Vandenberg (12th – 3,296 points), who won the 800 Meters in 2:24.49.

Defending women’s champion San Diego State currently leads the field with 17 points, while Utah State is in second with 10 points. New Mexico (five points), Wyoming (four), Colorado State (two) and UNLV (one) round out the field after one event.

Colorado State sophomore Justin Cogdill leads the Heptathlon competition after four events. Earning at least a share of the top spot in three of the four events on Thursday, Cogdill finished the day with 3,166 points. He won the 60 Meters (7.05) and Shot Put (43’-2.50”), while tying for first with teammate Justin Green on the High Jump (6’-9.00”). Not finishing lower than second in any event, Cogdill rounded out his day with a second-place distance of 22’-3.50” in the Long Jump

Green, who won the Long Jump with a distance of 23’-2.00” and tied for first on the High Jump, is currently in second with 3,087 points. Wyoming junior Kyle Sullivan is currently in third with 2,996 points, while Air Force junior Evan McDowell is in fourth with 2,924 points and Wyoming freshman Caleb Seeton is in fifth with 2,733 points.

Rounding out the individual results are Colorado State senior Colton Grandbouche (sixth – 2,717 points), Utah State freshman Radford Strobell (seventh – 2,591 points) and Boise State freshman Danny Verdieck (eighth – 2,447 points).