Five Named to All-MW Indoor Track and Field Team
Feb. 27, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Five San Diego State student-athletes have been named to the 2012 all-Mountain West Indoor Track and Field team, the league announced today. SDSU's Allison Reaser, Shanieka Thomas, Whitney Ashley, Alex Evans and Kelsy Hintz each finished in the top three to pick up all-MW honors.
Reaser earned all-conference accolades in the pentathlon and the 60-meter hurdles, winning both events en route to capturing the High Point Award for the meet. In the pentathlon on Thursday, Reaser won the event for the second straight year with a total of 3,863 points. Reaser won two of the five competitions in the pentathlon, including the 60 hurdles in 8.39 seconds, which is tied for the third-fastest time in school history. On Saturday, Reaser won the open 60 hurdles in 8.48.
Thomas joined Reaser by earning all-league honors in two events, highlighted by a victory in the triple jump on Saturday. Thomas beat 18 other entrants in the event with a leap of 43 feet, 1 ¾ inches. Thomas, who owns the second-best mark in the nation this year of 43-09.25 set on Feb. 10, also was third in the long jump in 19-03.25.
Ashley earned all-MW honors after winning the shot put on Saturday with a toss of 54-09.25. It was more than four feet farther than the runner-up finisher Kelsey Samuels of TCU (50-06.75). Earlier this season (Feb. 10), Ashley posted a mark of 55-07.50, which ranks ninth in the country. Ashley went on to finish seventh in the event at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday with a mark of 53-03.75.
Evans picked up all-league accolades in the triple jump by leaping 41-03.75. It trailed only Thomas and Air Force's Kassie Gurnell (41-04.25) and was the fifth-best mark in program history.
Hintz was the final Aztec to earn all-conference honors after winning the pole vault, clearing 14-00.00. It was her second consecutive conference pole vault title (also 2011 MW outdoor champion) and is tied with Shayla Balentine (2005) for the third-best indoor mark in school history. The 14-00.00 is also ranks ninth in the nation.
Thomas has already automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump, and Ashley (shot put) and Hintz (pole vault) will most likely join her at the March 9-10 meet in Nampa, Idaho.
Reaser, who is ranked 31st in the country in the pentathlon, will look to better her mark of 3,863 points and qualify for the NCAA meet this Sunday (March 4) at the USA Indoor Combined Events Championship in Bloomington, Ind.