CSU Men, SDSU Women Lead 2014 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships
LARAMIE, Wyo. – Colorado State’s Jessica Sharbono and Fresno State’s Devin Harrison posted the top individual performances during Friday’s portion of the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex. In the team race, Colorado State paces the men with 58 points, while San Diego State leads the women at 68.5 points.
Sharbono’s winning throw of 193’-1.00” in the Discus broke the facility and MW Championship record, while ranking second all-time in Conference history. The throw keeps the senior third in the nation in the event. Harrison, a junior, posted a leap of 25’-4.50” in the Long Jump to set the facility record, while ranking third in MW Championship history and fifth all-time in the MW.
Wyoming and No. 23 New Mexico follow Colorado State in the men’s team race with 52 and 45 points, respectively, thanks to solid showings in the distance events. Lobo senior Luke Caldwell raced to his second-consecutive 10,000 Meters title by posting a facility record of 31.19.99 to shatter the old mark by more than one minute. Cowboy junior Garrett Zans won the Steeplechase in 9:21.52 to become just the second Wyoming male ever to win the event. Air Force is fourth in the team standings with 37 points, while Boise State (28), Utah State (27) and Fresno State (26) round out the field.
The No. 18 Aztec women continued their quest for a second-straight team championship with a solid showing from Kristen Brown. The senior earned the second-consecutive individual title in the Pole Vault by clearing a height of 12’-10.25”. The Rams follow with 52 points, while Boise State is third at 23.5 points. The Broncos got victories and facility records from junior Marisa Howard in the Steeplechase (10:50.28) and senior Hayli Bozarth in the Hammer (212’-7.00”). New Mexico sits fourth after the day’s events with 29 points, Nevada is fifth at 22 points and Wyoming has 21 points for sixth. Utah State (20), Fresno State (15), UNLV (12), Air Force (1) and San José State (0) are the rest of the women’s field.
Saturday’s final days commences with field and track events at noon MT.
2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships Notes
-Boise State’s Marisa Howard, a junior, was No. 1 in the 3,000 Steeplechase with a time of 10:50.28. Howard’s performance broke the previous facility record in women’s Steeplechase, held by Wyoming’s Audra DeStefano (10:53) set in 2014. Howard won her second-straight MW Steeplechase title.
-Senior Kristen Brown of San Diego State took home her second consecutive Pole Vault crown, posting a height of 12’-10.25”. In 2013, she hit 13’-7.25” to win the event.
-Boise State’s Matt Post won the men’s Hammer for the second straight year, hitting a mark of 207’-11.00”. The senior won in 2013 with a toss of 209’-4.00”.
-New Mexico’s Luke Caldwell raced to his second consecutive MW 10,000 Meters title Friday, posting a stadium record of 31:19.99. The senior’s mark beat out the previous mark of 32:31.64 by BYU’s Stephen Shay in 2009.
-Boise State’s Hayli Bozarth, a senior, took the top spot in the Hammer with a toss of 212’- 7.00”. That set a facility record for the Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex, surpassing the previous mark of 209’-8.00” set by Kate Burton (Wyoming) in 2008. It was the third-best throw in MW Championship history and third all-time in Conference history. The mark currently ranks eighth in the nation.
-Wyoming’s senior Garrett Zans won the men’s Steeplechase in 9:21.52. He became the second Cowboy ever to win the event, joining Derek Mitchum in 1991.
-Junior Devin Harrison of Fresno State was victorious in the men’s Long Jump, breaking the stadium record along the way. He posted a leap of 25’- 4.50”. His mark bested the previous high of 24’-10.00”, set by Jeremiah James of Wyoming in 2009. Harrison’s effort ranked No. 3 in MW Championship history and tied for fifth in the MW all-time.
-Another Bulldog, junior Je’Nia Sears, won the women’s Long Jump. Sears posted a mark of 20’-1.75’’ to take home top honors.
-Colorado State’s Trevor Brown, a senior, broke his own stadium record in the 110 Hurdles with a time of 13.64 in the preliminaries Friday, which sets an MW Championship record. The mark is the second fastest in MW history. His altitude-converted time ties for 12th in the nation currently.
-Junior Nick Bowens of Utah State set a championship and facility record with a 10.13 mark in the 100 Meters in the last preliminary Friday. He bested the previous MW Championship mark of 10.24. In regards to Laramie’s Louis S. Madrid Complex, the previous best was 10.20 by John Woods in 2007.
-Senior Jessica Sharbono of Colorado State posted a facility and MW Championship record with a throw of 193’-1.00” in the Discus. It represents the second-best mark in MW history and is the best all-time MW Championship mark, besting Jasmine Burrell’s (San Diego State) mark of 181’-5.00”. The mark keeps her third in the nation in the event.
-In winning the Discus title, senior Mason Finley of Wyoming posted the second-best MW Championship mark with a toss of 202’-11.00”, just trailing the top mark of 203’-2.00”. It represented the second time in the last three seasons UW has won the event, joining Joe Plante (184’-7.00”) in 2012.
-Freshman Rachel Rudel of Colorado State took home the conference crown in the 10,000 Meters on Friday, crossing the finish line with a time of 37:55.26.
-Air Force’s Taylor Smith, a freshman, cleared 6’-8.75’’ to win the men’s High Jump title.