No. 24 Track & Field Set for MW Championships

Feb. 20, 2013


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The No. 24 San Diego State track and field team travels to Nampa, Idaho, this weekend for the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day meet, hosted by Boise State, runs from Thursday (Feb. 21) through Saturday (Feb. 23) at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center.

The Aztecs will look to improve on last year's third-place finish, which matched their best team finish since 2004, when they were second. SDSU also was fourth in 2011 and third in 2010.

Heading into the meet, San Diego State has top MW marks in three individual events and in a relay. Leading the way for the Aztecs is Shanieka Thomas, who has the top triple jump mark in the country of 46 feet, 2 ½ inches. The mark, which came at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational on Feb. 8, was the sixth-best indoor triple jump in NCAA history and the third best in a non-NCAA Championship meet. It also set a school record by more than a foot, and was a Mountain West record, a Don Kirby Elite Invitational record (collegiate and non-collegiate). The 46-02.50 would have won 14 of the past 15 indoor national titles, including each of the past four. Thomas is also ranked fourth in the long jump (19-02.50) and 11th in the 400-meter dash (56.96 seconds (altitude adjusted).

Kristen Brown, meanwhile, comes into the meet with top marks in both the 60-meter hurdles and the pole vault. Brown's time of 8.35 seconds (altitude adjusted to 8.37) at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational was the third fastest in school history. Brown also has the best pole vault mark of 13-10.00, which also came at the DKEI. It was the fifth-best mark in indoor school history.

SDSU also owns the fastest 4x400-meter relay time. The team, which consisted of Allison Reaser, Maderia Toatley, Deyna Roberson and Thomas, lead with a time of 3:44.41 (3.44.85 converted), which was the fifth fastest in program history and was also done at the DKEI.

Altogether, San Diego State has four of the top-six marks in the pole vault heading into this weekend's championships. Following Brown are Kelsy Hintz (2nd, 13-02.25) and Karen Snapper and Holly Waseloff, who are both tied for fifth at 12-10.25.

Reaser has the second-fastest 60 hurdles time of 8.48 (8.50 converted) and will look to extend her unbeaten streak in the multi-events to five. A junior, Reaser has won the pentathlon at the indoor championships and the heptathlon at the outdoor championships each of the past two years. She's also seeded 10th in the long jump (18-04.25).

Other top-five marks heading into the meet include LaQuisha Jackson in the 400 (2nd, 56.03 (conversion), Jasmine Burrell in the shot put (3rd, 50-02.75) and weight throw (3rd, 62-05.25), Alex Evans in the triple jump (4th, 40-05.00) and Nicole Oudenaarden in the long jump (5th, 19-00.75).

The MW Championships get underway at 11 a.m. MT Thursday with the pentathlon. Friday begins with the high jump at 1 p.m. MT and ends for the Aztecs at 5:50 p.m. MT with the 200 prelims. The final day of competition on Saturday kicks off with the shot put at 11 a.m. MT and concludes with the 4x400 relay at 3:05 p.m. MT.