Mountain West Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships Begin Thursday

Feb. 20, 2013


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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships begin Thursday, Feb. 21 at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho, with Boise State University serving as the event host. This is the first time in the 14-year history of the league that Boise State will host the MW Indoor Track and Field Championships. Jacksons Indoor Track served as the location of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Real-time scoring and results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the MW Track and Field Championships, which run Thursday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 23, are available through the championship central page at www.themwc.com/champ/itrack-champ-2013.html.

The host Broncos narrowly missed out on winning the 2012 MW Men's Indoor Championship as they finished 2.5 points behind Air Force. Boise State enters the 2013 Championships with several athletes currently leading the MW in their respective events.

Daveon Collins, a sophomore, currently leads the MW in the 60-meters with a time of 6.82 seconds. He also is ranked first in the 200 with a time of 21.35, which is also the 48th-best time nationally this season. Jordin Andrade, a sophomore, has posted the top mark in the 400-meters with a time of 47.35 seconds.

The defending MW Men's champion Falcons feature a bevy of returning student-athletes from 2012, including senior Cale Simmons.

Simmons, a senior, won the pole vault competition at the MW Indoor Championships and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships in 2012. He has followed those results up with a strong 2012-13 season. At the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 8, Simmons cleared 18'-2.00'' which set a new Academy and meet record, and also was the third-best height in MW history.

It's not just Simmons putting up big results for Air Force in the pole vault, as teammates Dylan Bell (a freshman) and Joey Uhle (sophomore) are ranked second and third in the MW, respectively. Bell's 17'-5.50 mark is good for 19th nationally while Uhle is ranked 33rd in the nation with a clearance of 17'-2.75''.

New Mexico will be well-represented in the distance races, as the Lobos occupy the top-three spots in the MW in the mile. Junior Adam Bitchell currently holds the top mark at 3:59.83 (20th nationally), followed by Sam Evans (4:02.49) and Luke Caldwell (4:03.47).

Speaking of Caldwell, the junior recently set a new school and MW all-time record in the 5,000-meters, as he ran a 13:40.39 (eighth-best time nationally) on Feb. 8 at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. It was the first time in nearly two years that Caldwell had participated in the 5,000.

Two other Lobos, sophomore Edwin Herring and junior Gabe Aragon, look to battle it out in the 800. Aragon won the MW Championship last year, but is currently second in the MW with a time of 1:51.86, slightly behind the 1:50.74 time of Herring. Richard York (heptathlon), Floyd Ross (triple jump) and Kendall Spencer (long jump), are on pace for their second MW titles; all three currently hold the top spot in the MW in their respective events.

Colorado State's Trevor Brown is looking for his third-straight MW Championship in the 60-meter hurdles. Brown broke his own MW all-time record Feb. 8 at the Air Force Team Challenge, as he posted a time of 7.84, which also ranks 25th nationally. His previous record was 7.86, set in 2012.

Wyoming junior Mason Finley holds a comfortable advantage in the MW in the shot put, and is ranked second nationally. His best throw this season of 65'-9.75'', which took place at the Air Force Invitational on Jan. 24, set a new school record.

On the women's side, San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas is the defending MW champion in the triple jump. The 2012 All-American finished seventh in the NCAA Championships, but is currently on pace to win the event in 2013.

Two weeks ago at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., Thomas jumped 46'-2.50'' (14.08 meters) to not only win the event, but set a new meet, school and MW record in the process. Her distance is the sixth-best ever recorded at an NCAA meet and would've been good enough to win 14 of the last 15 NCAA Indoor National Championships, including each of the last four.

New Mexico's Josephine Moultrie, like Thomas a 2012 All-American, currently holds the top MW times in both the mile (4:36.59) and 3,000 (9:06.35). The defending champion in the mile, Moultrie currently owns New Mexico records in the 600, 800, mile and 3,000. Her time of 9:06.35, which she ran at the University of Washington Invitational on Jan. 26, is the second-best time in MW history and ranks ninth in the nation this season.

Boise State's Emma Bates has put together a strong sophomore campaign, and figures to be a factor in several races. She is third in the 800 (2:11.14), while second in the mile (4:43.76; 46th nationally) and 3,000 (9:13.63; 19th nationally). Nevada's Angelica Earls, a senior, leads the pack in the 60 at 7.43. Teammate Deborah Amoah, a senior, ranks second in the long jump (19'-6.25'') and triple jump (41'-6.00'').

UNLV sprinter Emily Blok, who finished second in the 60 and 200 a year ago, ranks in the top-two in both races entering the 2013 Championships; she has the top 200 time at 23.96 (41st nationally) and the second-best 60 mark at 7.47.

Blok's teammate, Kelsey Williamson, will attempt to defend her title in the 800. The senior currently leads the MW with a time of 2:06.06, which ranks her 10th in the nation this season. She also holds the top MW mark in the 400 at 55.81.

Look for good competition in the pole vault as San Diego State sophomore Kristen Brown currently leads the MW with a clearance of 13'-10.0'', and ranks ninth nationally this season. Teammate Kelsey Hintz, who won the event last year, is second at 13'-2.25'' (24th nationally). New Mexico's Amber Menke and Margo Tucker (both have cleared 12'-11.50'') should also be factors in the event.

Fresno State sophomore Je'Nia Sears will look to retain her top spot in the long jump. Sears' best distance this season is 20'-10.75'' (fifth-best nationally), which was set on Feb. 17 at the Run for the Dream in Fresno, Calif.

Colorado State junior Ashley Reid paces the field in the high jump, while teammate Kiah Hicks does the same in the shot put.

Wyoming's Shreese Daniels holds the top distance in the weight throw at 64'-7.00'' (28th nationally). Her teammate, Jenna Mann, is second in the pentathlon (3,566 points) and ranks third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.51.

Leading the pack in the 60-meter hurdles is San Diego State's Kristen Brown at 8.37, with teammate Allison Reaser in second at 8.50. New Mexico's Samantha Bowe leads the pentathlon with 3,566 points and teammate Kendra Shaff currently has the top mark in the 5,000 meters at 16:21.71, good for 33rd nationally.