Two National Champions Highlight Mountain West Achievements At 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –A pair of Mountain West student-athletes took home national championships to highlight the Conference’s achievements at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

San Diego State senior Shanieka Thomas defended her title in the Triple Jump, while Boise State junior Emma Bates raced to victory in the 10,000 Meters.

Thomas, who in addition to winning the 2013 outdoor title also claimed the 2014 indoor national title. She captured her third straight national championship with a leap of 45’-11.25’’, which is the third-best mark in MW history. It is the seventh individual national title for the Aztecs. A San Diego State student-athlete has now won an individual title at four of the past five NCAA Championships.

Bates became the first woman to win a national championship in Boise State track and field history on June 12, as she parlayed a strong final mile into victory in the 10,000 Meters. The junior finished the race in 32:32.35, the second-fastest time in the history of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Bates also took part in the 5000 Meters final and picked up her second first-team All-America accolade with a fourth-place finish in 15:51.87.

Allison Reaser of San Diego State finished second in the Heptathlon, just 18 points shy of first-place. Reaser, a senior and three-time MW indoor Pentathlon and outdoor Heptathlon champion, won the 800 Meters, the final event in the two-day competition. The win in the 800 Meters pushed her total to 5,836 points, a new MW record. Georgia freshman Kendell Williams won the event with 5,854 points.

Boise State’s Marisa Howard made a strong move on the final lap to finish second in the 3000 Steeplechase on June 13. Howard’s time of 9:43.82 is a new MW and school record. Both Howard and Reaser earned first-team All-America honors with their respective finishes.

Highlights

-New Mexico’s Peter Callahan raced to a fourth-place finish in the 1500 Meters with a personal-best time of 3:39.90. Callahan’s fourth-place finish is the highest by a Lobo in a track event since 2009. In addition, he earned first-team All-America accolades.

-Wyoming senior Mason Finley capped off his collegiate career with a sixth-place finish in the Discus. Finley, who earned his 11th-career All-America accolade at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, recorded a throw of 196’-5.00’’.

-Colorado State junior Kiah Hicks earned first-team All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the Discus on June 5. Hicks posted a throw of 175’-6.00’’ in the preliminary rounds, and that stood as her best mark of the competition. Teammate Jessica Sharbono placed 14th in the event (169’-6.00’’) to take home a second-team All-America accolade.

-Trevor Brown of Colorado State placed eighth in the 400 Hurdles with a time of 1:04.02. The senior was running in third-place but clipped the final hurdle. Still, Brown scored a point for the Rams and earned first-team All-America honors for reaching the final.

-Fresno State’s Je’Nia Sears had the best showing for a MW student-athlete on the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, taking ninth in the Long Jump. The junior’s mark of 20’-4.25’’ came on her second preliminary jump and was enough to advance her to the finals. Sears earned second-team All-America honors with the 9th-place finish.

-Another Bulldog, senior Meagan McKee, closed out her collegiate career with an 18th-place finish in the Hammer. McKee’s best throw of the day was 191’-0.00’’.

-Utah State’s Chari Hawkins scored a season-best 5,552 points in the Heptathlon to finish ninth overall. It’s the second consecutive ninth-place finish for the junior, who garnered second-team All-America honors.

-Air Force senior Annette Eichenberger raced to a 14th-place finish in the 800 Meters. Her time of 2:05.82 earned her second-team All-America status.

-Utah State junior Nic Bowens narrowly missed out on a second-team All-America finish, as he placed 17th in the 100 Meters with a time of 10.27.

-New Mexico’s Adam Bitchell placed 10th in the 10,000 Meters with a time of 29:16.79, while teammate Luke Caldwell finished 15th. The senior crossed the finish line in 29:48.64. Both runners earned second-team All-America honors.

-Another Lobo, Charles Lewis, was just .18 seconds from advancing to the finals of the 400 Hurdles. The first New Mexico runner to compete in the 400 Hurdles since 1979, Lewis finished 11th overall in 50.86.

-UNLV’s Krystal Wharton placed 24th in the Long Jump with a leap of 17’-9.50’’.

-Hayli Bozarth of Boise State finished 22nd in the Hammer with a throw of 183’-2.00’’.

-San Diego State junior Jasmine Burrell competed in her first NCAA Championship and placed 18th in the Discus. Her best throw of the event was 159’-10.00’’. Teammate Nicole Oudenaarden took part in the Heptathlon but withdrew after two events.

-Another Aztec, Kristen Brown, competed in the Pole Vault on June 13 and finished 16th. Brown cleared 13’-3.50’’ in the event.

-A trio of New Mexico distance runners, Sammy Silva, Charlotte Arter and Suzi Boast, posted solid times in the 1500 Meters, but were unable to advance to the finals. Silva earned second-team All-America honors with a 16th-place finish overall (4:22.95). Arter was 21st (4:26.25) and Boast’s time of 4:34.10 was good for 24th overall.

-The Lobos’ Richard York finished 24th in the Javelin with a throw of 189’-2.00’’.

-Colorado State freshman Aaliyah Pete placed 17th in the Shot Put. Her best toss of the competition was 51’-7.00’’.