Utah State's Hawkins Repeats As Women's Pentathlon Champion
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Utah State senior Chari Hawkins set a Mountain West Championship record for the second straight year and captured her second Conference Pentathlon title in a row on the opening day of the 2015 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Hawkins, who finished with 4,194 points, tallied the second-best total in Conference history at the Albuquerque Convention Center, parlaying three event titles into her MW Championship record. Hawkins scored 4,173 points at the 2014 MW Indoor Track & Field Championships.
She claimed the top spots in the 60 Hurdles (8.39 seconds), High Jump (5’-10.00’’) and the Long Jump (19’-9.00’’), and finished second in the Shot Put (37’-9.50’’) and seventh in the 800 Meters (2:28.25).
New Mexico junior Samantha Bowe nabbed runner-up honors with her tally of 3,884 points. She notched a victory in the Shot Put (38’-2.25’’) and second-place finishes in the 60 Hurdles (8.62) and the Long Jump (19’-4.75’’).
In third place was Colorado State junior Jessica Green, who finished with 3,823 points. Green was second in the High Jump (5’-7.75’’) and third in the 800 Meters (2:22.94). Nevada junior Nicole Wadden was fourth overall with 3,782 points and won the 800 Meters (2:19.89). New Mexico freshman Kyra Mohns took fifth place overall, tying for fourth in High Jump (5’-5.25’’) and placing fourth in the 800 Meters (2:26.72).
Rounding out the field was Fresno State senior Ashley Hatcher (sixth place, 3,562 points), UNLV sophomore Kylee Vandenberg (seventh, 3,542), Wyoming junior Sabina Sandberg (eighth, 3,500), Colorado State freshman Lindsey Kroboth (ninth, 3,442), New Mexico Casey Dowling (10th, 3,440), Wyoming freshman Rebecca Harris (11th, 3,316), San Diego State junior Karsen Sper (12th, 3,311), Colorado State junior Monica Franco (13th, 3,229) and Nevada freshman Savanna Haverfield (14th, 2,888).
Defending Conference champion New Mexico leads the women’s field with 12 points, ahead of Utah State (10 points), Colorado State (6), Nevada (5), Fresno State (3), UNLV (2) and Wyoming (1).
Colorado State sophomore Hunter Price leads the Heptathlon after the opening day’s four events. Earning a share of first place in three events, Price tallied 3,183 points, ahead of teammates Justin Green (3,098 points) and Josh Cogdill (3,070).
Price won the 60 Meters in 7.06, and tallied additional victories in the Long Jump (23’-4.00’’) and the High Jump (6’-9.00’’), where he tied Green. Green, the 2014 Heptathlon champion, was second in the Long Jump for Colorado State with a leap of 23’-2.50’’, while Cogdill was second in both the 60 Meters (7.18) and the Shot Put (40’-2.75’’).
New Mexico freshman Daniel Lam sits in fourth place. He placed third in both the Long Jump (22’-7.75’’) and the Shot Put (41’-3.00’’).
Wyoming senior Kyle Sullivan is in fifth place with 2,811 points, while Utah State sophomore Bradford Strobell is sixth with 2,722 points and Air Force senior Evan McDowell is seventh with 2,649 points.
Rounding out the competitors in the Heptathlon are Wyoming sophomore Caleb Seeton (eighth place, 2,582 points), Colorado State freshman Isaac Cox (ninth, 2,577), New Mexico freshman Andris Sturans (10th, 2,492), Boise State freshman Camden Stoddard (11th, 2,489), Colorado State junior Landry Cogburn (12th, 2,436), Boise State sophomore Danny Verdieck (13th, 2,420), Air Force freshman Tyler Berson (14th, 2,375) and Wyoming junior Wyatt Mirich (15th, 1,978).
Real-time scoring and results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the 2015 MW Indoor Track & Field Championships, which runs through Saturday, Feb. 28, are available on the Championship Central page of TheMW.com at http://www.themw.com/#!/page/championship_c-itrack. In addition, Friday and Saturday’s track events will be broadcast live on the Mountain West Network. Fans can watch those events at http://www.themw.com/#!/watch-live.