2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships Begin Wednesday
May 7, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin Wednesday, May 8 at Sheila Tarr Smith Field at Myron Partridge Stadium, located on the UNLV campus. This is the first time since 2004 that the Rebels have hosted the MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Real-time scoring and results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships are available through the championship central page at http://www.themwc.com/champ/otrack-champ-2013.html.
Air Force earned the title last year on the men's side, followed by Boise State and New Mexico. In the women's team competition, 20th-ranked San Diego State is the favorite. Look for the host Rebels, as well as the Lobos and Broncos to also be in the title picture.
The 2013 outdoor track and field season has seen its share of records fall by the wayside. Multiple school records have been eclipsed, and in addition, three student-athletes established new MW all-time marks.
Shanieka Thomas of San Diego State, who dominated the 2012-13 indoor season in the Triple Jump (with a second-place performance at the NCAA Championships), added another all-time mark to her list of accolades. The junior shattered the old MW all-time top jump by over five inches with a leap of 45'-1.50'' on April 20 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Thomas won the Triple Jump at the 2012 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships and was the runner-up at the 2012 NCAA Championships. She ranks second nationally behind Kansas senior Andrea Geubelle, who beat Thomas for the 2013 indoor title.
Air Force's Cale Simmons cleared 18'-4.75'' (5.61m) to set a new MW standard in the Pole Vault at the Texas Relays on March 29 in Austin, Texas. The senior won the event at last year's MW Championships and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships. He's currently tied for fifth nationally in the event.
Colorado State's Trevor Brown ran a 13.65 in the 110 Hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 20 in Walnut, Calif., shaving a tenth of a second off his previous conference-best standard. That time is also good for 10th-best in the nation. Brown, a junior, will be looking to claim his second-straight title in both the 110 and 400 Hurdles. He finished fifth at the NCAA Championships in the 110 Hurdles last year.
In addition to those record-setting performances, here's a look at other top competitors heading into the championships, starting with the women.
San Diego State's Alison Reaser will be aiming for a third-straight Heptathlon title, but she'll have to outwork teammate Nicole Oudenaarden for it. Oudenaarden, just a freshman, narrowly lost to Reaser (3,971 to 3,969) at the MW Indoor Championships. Oudenaarden leads the Conference and has posted the nation's fourth-highest total this season (5,774 at the Mt. SAC Relays), while Reaser is second in the league and No. 11 nationally with 5,527 points.
Emily Blok, a senior at UNLV currently leads the Conference in the 100 and 200 Meters with times of 11.46 and 23.52, respectively.
New Mexico's long-distance duo of Josephine Moultrie and Charlotte Arter will have to contend with Boise State's Emma Bates in the 1500 and 5000 Meters. Moultrie owns the top spot currently in both events (4:14.44 in the 1500 and 15:57.17 in the 5000), while Arter is second in the 1500 (4:16.94) and fourth (16:20.57) in the 5000. Bates, who is third (4:21.26) and second (16:16.83), respectively in those events, also leads the rest of the MW by nearly a minute in the 10,000 Meters with a time of 33:49.64.
Nevada's La Tijera Avery has a comfortable advantage over the rest of the MW field in the High Jump, with a height of 5'-10.00''. Kristen Brown of San Diego State enters the MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships as the top competitor in the Pole Vault. The sophomore, who also leads the 100 Hurdles (13.46), has cleared 14'-0.00'' this season.
Je'Nia Sears of Fresno State owns a mark of 20'-5.75'' in the Long Jump, with teammate Meagan McKee holding the top throw in the Hammer at 196'-7.00''. Wyoming's Mollie Dahl is first in the Shot Put at 51'-2.25'' and Colorado State's Kiah Hicks (179'-3.00'') leads in the Discus. UNLV junior Myshauna Alexander occupies the top spot in the Javelin at 158'-9.00''.
UNLV is the top team in both the 4x100 Relay and 4x400 Relay. The Rebels have posted times of 44.84 and 3:40.41, respectively, in the two events. On the men's side, Joe Plante of Wyoming will be gunning for his second consecutive title in the Discus. The senior has out-thrown the MW competition by more than six feet this season with a top throw of 186'-8.00''.
Fresno State sophomore Chris Brusenback holds a narrow .01 advantage over Boise State's Daveon Collins in the 100 Meters. Brusenback's Conference-leading time stands at 10.49. Collins holds the top mark in the 200 at 20.70.
In the 400 Meters, Jordin Andrade of Boise State leads at 47.57, and also maintains the top time in the 400 Hurdles (50.71). In the 800 Meters, New Mexico's Edwin Herring's time of 1:50.15 is good for first place. Alex Lindsay of Air Force, who won last year's MW 800 championship, is currently third in the Conference standings. The Lobos' Luke Caldwell sits in the top slot in both the 1500 (3:44.14) and 5000 Meters (13:29.94). At 10,000 Meters, Air Force's Jeremy Drenckhahn and Matt Bell are 1-2 in the MW with times of 29:28.81 and 29.51.16, respectively.
Caldwell's teammate, Django Lovett, narrowly missed winning the High Jump at last year's Outdoor Track & Field Championship. He enters this year's event with the Conference's top mark at 6'-11.00''. Two more Lobos, Kendall Spencer, and Ty Kirk, also hold MW top performances. Spencer leads in the Long Jump at 25'-0.50'', while Kirk tops the Triple Jump at 49'-8.25''.
Tyler Schultz, a Colorado State freshman, leads the Shot Put at 59'-4.75'', while Boise State junior Matt Post has posted the top throw in the Hammer at 214''-0.00''. Wyoming's Henry Ferreira has a healthy lead in the Javelin at 212'-2.00''. In the Decathlon, Colorado State occupies the first three positions with senior Josh McMillin leading the way with 7,012 points.
In the relay events, Fresno State (40.44) is the top team in the 4x100 Relay, with Boise State (3:09.83) claiming the same spot in the 4x400 Relay.