Mountain West at 2014 USA Track & Field Championships Recap

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –­ Several current and former Mountain West student-athletes competed in the 2014 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California over the weekend. Former three-time Mountain West Outstanding Performer Amanda Bingson won the women’s Hammer Throw, while several MW competitors placed among the top 10 in several events. Bingson, a UNLV Rebel from 2009-12, earned the title with a toss of 75.07 meters.

Bingson was joined by two additional former Rebels in Sacramento.  Lekeisha Lawson (2006-09) finished third in the women’s 100 Meters on Friday evening with a finals time of 11.30, while Christine Spence (2001-05) placed seventh in the women’s 400 Hurdles on Sunday afternoon in 58.16 seconds.

Boise State was represented at the meet by four student-athletes, led by recent NCAA 10,000 Meters national champion Emma Bates. Bates placed sixth in the event on Thursday, June 26, with a time of 32:51.49. Earlier in the evening, teammate Marisa Howard placed 15th in the 3,000 Steeplechase in a time of 9:51.05, just missing the cut for Saturday’s final. Howard was the national runner-up in the event at the 2014 NCAA national championships. On Saturday, Hayli Bozarth took 16th place in the Hammer with a throw of 193-10 (59.08m). Bozarth recently completed her collegiate career with the Broncos. Jordin Andrade advanced to the semifinals of the men’s 400 Hurdles, placing 10th with the third-best time by a collegian of 51.14.

2014 MW men’s and women’s Discus champions Mason Finley of Wyoming and Jessica Sharbono of Colorado State, respectively, also competed over the weekend. Finley placed third, improving on his 2013 finish by nine spots, with a throw of 200-3 (61.04m). Sharbono took 15th place with a toss of 165-9 (50.52m).

Recent CSU graduate Trevor Brown placed fourth in the 400 Hurdles. In Sunday’s finals, Brown clocked a 50.21. Former Ram Janay DeLoach took 10th in the Long Jump with a distance of 20-5 (6.22m), while another CSU grad, Casey Malone, placed 15th in the men’s Discus with a toss of 182-9 (55.71m).

Nine-time MW champion Allison Reaser of San Diego State set a school record in the Heptathlon en route to a seventh-place finish with 5,917 points. She was the runner-up at the 2014 NCAA championships with her previous best of 5,836 points. Former Aztec teammate Whitney Ashley placed fifth in the Discus with a toss of 192-6 (58.68m). Ashley was the 2012 NCAA champion in the event.

Student-athletes weren’t the only ones competing, as CSU distance coach Scott Dahlberg ran the 5,000 Meters. He finished 14th with a time of 14:01.87.

Several Mountain West track & field student-athletes are scheduled to compete in the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on July 5-6. This event features the best athletes from around the country under the age of 20.

In other national championships being conducted around the world over the weekend, SDSU’s Shanieka Thomas earned a second-place finish in the Triple Jump at the Jamaican National Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, on Sunday. Thomas, a semifinalist for The Women’s Bowerman Trophy and three-time NCAA champion, leaped 44-5.25 (13.54m).