Track & Field Heads to Competitive Don Kirby Elite

Feb. 9, 2012



The San Diego State track and field team heads to the Albuquerque, N.M., for the first of two straight weeks when it competes in the Don Kirby Collegiate Elite on Friday.

The Aztecs and host New Mexico will be joined by No. 1 Oregon, No. 6 Texas, No. 8 Texas Tech, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 21 Arizona State, No. 23 Stanford, California, Florida, Indiana State, UCLA and Utah State.

SDSU is sending 15 athletes to the meet, including Julianne Alarcio (long jump), Heather Arseneau (pole vault), Whitney Ashley (shot put, weight throw), Jasmine Burrell (shot put, weight throw), Tiara Collins (600 meters), Alex Evans (60 hurdles, long jump, triple jump), Ellie Fanaika (weight throw), Brittany Gonter (shot put), Kelsy Hintz (pole vault), Josefine Koskinen (800 meters), Carrington Mahr (high jump), Allison Reaser (400 meters, 60 hurdles, long jump, shot put), Shanieka Thomas (triple jump), Maderia Toatley (60 meters) and Holly Waseloff (pole vault). Additionally, Shanae Roach (60 meters) will be competing as an unattached athlete.

The meet is scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. MT with the men's long jump, although the San Diego State women won't be in action until 3 p.m. MT with the pole vault and high jump. The Aztecs' first track event will be the 60-meter hurdles prelims at 5:50 p.m. MT and will conclude with the 800 at 8 p.m. MT. SDSU's final event of the day will be the shot put at 9 p.m. MT.

Last weekend at the NAU Open, six San Diego State pole vaulters finished among the top 11 of the 17 entrants. Hintz, the defending Mountain West outdoor track and field pole vault champion, led the way by clearing 12 feet, 11 ½ inches to take second (first among collegians). It was the second-best pole vault in the conference this season and fourth-best indoor pole vault in school history. Waseloff (sixth, 11-11.75), Moriah Roberge (seventh, 11-11.75) and Rebecca Turnbow (tied-eighth, 11-05.75) also placed in the top 10 for the Aztecs.

So far this indoor season, the Aztecs have 11 athletes with marks in the top 10 in the Mountain West over 17 events, led by Thomas and Ashley with league-best marks. Thomas is first in the triple jump in the MW (and second in the country) with a leap of 43-03.25, and is third in the long jump (19-09.75). Ashley, meanwhile, is first in the shot put (54-06.75) in the MW (and 10th in the nation) and fourth in the weight throw (61-07.00).

Friday's meet is SDSU's final opportunity before the Mountain West Indoor Championships, which will be held from Feb. 23-25 in Albuquerque, N.M.