Utah State captures two more titles on final day of MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships

CLOVIS, Calif. – Sindri Gudmundsson competed for the first time since the 2018 European Athletics Championship in August, and he didn’t disappoint, as the junior claimed his third-straight javelin title and the fourth-straight overall for the Aggies on the final day of the Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The native of Kopavogur, Iceland, threw 73.69 meters (241-09.00) on his first and only attempt of the competition. His title marked the first time an Aggie won three-straight titles in one event since Steve Strickland won three-straight 3,000-meter steeplechase titles from 2008-10 in the WAC Track & Field Championships.

With his mark, Gudmundsson currently ranks fourth in the NCAA West Qualifying List and seventh in the nation.

“It was fun and good to be back,” Gudmundsson said. “It might not have been perfect, but it was good enough and I’m happy with it. We still have the most important meets left, but it has been frustrating not being able to compete in a while. Being a part of four-straight javelin titles at Utah State brings interest from other throwers from high school, and the more titles, the better.”

The other gold medal came from junior Kyle Brost, as he bested his own school-record mark and recorded a leap of 15.47 meters (50-9.25).

“I just took one jump and I figured that would put me in solid for the first-round jumps, and that’s all I needed,” Brost said. “It means a lot for me to win the triple jump title. The past two years, I’ve been third and fourth every time, so it’s nice to finally come out on top, especially being a little bit older than these guys. It’s nice to finally come out a champion. The mindset was to keep it rolling and keep the momentum going. It’s been a great year, but hold on, it’s going to get better.”

Brost and Gudmundsson helped the Utah State men place third with 137 points.

Colorado State won the men’s team title with 224 points, followed by Air Force in second with 171 points

Utah State’s women’s team placed sixth overall with 70 points, just five points shy of fifth-place Boise State. Colorado State placed first with 159.5 points, while San Diego State took second with 121 points, UNLV placed third with 99.5 points and Nevada finished fourth with 78.5 points.

Freshman Jenny Bitner opened the day for the Aggies by placing second in the finals of the javelin with a throw of 42.69 meters (140-01). Senior Brenn Flint followed up her shot put title on Friday by capturing third place in the discus on Saturday, recording a personal-best throw of 53.47 meters (175-05), as that mark remains the second-best discus throw in outdoor program history.

Senior Carl Jones Jr. excelled in his sprints, as the native of Columbus, Ohio, earned silver in the 100-meter dash with a personal-best time of 10.50. Jones became the first Aggie to finish in the top-three of the men’s 100-meter finals since Parker Bluth and Nic Bowens went 1-2 in 2016. Jones also placed fourth in the 200-meter final with a career-best time of 21.41.

In the 4×100-meter relay, the Utah State contingent of sophomore Jacob Davis, Jones, junior Chad Artist and sophomore Austin Lane captured bronze as they recorded a season-best time of 41.21.

Freshman Mica Rivera ran a personal-best 5,000-meter time of 16:41.79, finishing 12th overall, as that time is now fifth on the all-time outdoor program list. Moreover, her time is also the fastest 5,000-meter performance for an Aggie in MW Outdoor Championship history.

On the men’s side, junior Luke Beattie moved up on the all-time USU list, as he ran a personal-best 5,000-meter time of 14:08.28, as that’s now the third-best time in program history.

Utah State is back in action on Thursday, May 23, when it will send individuals to the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento, Calif.

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MOUNTAIN WEST OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

VETERANS MEMORIAL STADIUM
CLOVIS, CALIF.
MAY 11, 2019

WOMEN’S STANDINGS
1. Colorado State – 159.5

2. San Diego State – 121

3. UNLV – 99.5

4. Nevada – 78.5

5. Boise State – 75

6. UTAH STATE – 70

T7. Fresno State – 64

T7. Wyoming – 64

9. New Mexico – 47.5

10. Air Force – 30

11. San José State – 9

MEN’S STANDINGS
1. Colorado State – 224

2. Air Force – 171

3. UTAH STATE – 137

4. New Mexico – 92

5. Boise State – 81

6. Wyoming – 78

7. San José State – 20

8. Fresno State – 13

 

USU WOMEN RESULTS:

Javelin (finals) – 2. Jenny Bitner, 42.69m (140-01.00); 7. Stephanie Crapse, 39.76m (130-05.00)
Triple Jump (finals) – 10. Bailey Maseda, 11.67m (38-03.50)
Discus (finals) – 3. Brenn Flint, 53.47m (175-05.00); 6. Michala Zilkey, 51.00m (167-04.00); 8. Tori Bailey, 48.85m (160-03.00); 11. Darcy Allen, 46.88m (153-10).

High Jump (finals) – 3. Audrey Garrett, 1.71m (5-7.25); 4. Jennifer Christensen, 1.71m (5-7.25); 15. Alyssa Hirschi-Swenson, 1.66m (5-5.25); 16. Talie Bonds, 1.61m (5-3.25).

4x100m Relay (finals) – 7. Nakyla Jude, Jensen Mosman, Melanie Muncy, Rachel Fronk, 48.32
1,500m (finals) – 6. Shannon Maloney, 4:33.30; 10. Megan Ryan, 4:38.99

400m Hurdles (finals) – 9. Alexis Koetitz, 1:03.78

5,000m (finals) – 12. Mica Rivera, 16:41.79; — Tavia Dutson, DNF; — Josie Givens, DNS; — Megan Ryan, DNS
4x400m Relay (finals) – 9. Jensen Mosman, Alyssa Hirschi-Swenson, Karen Christensen, Melanie Muncy, 3:51.61

USU MEN RESULTS:
Discus (finals) – 6. Christian Sonnenberg, 50.95m (167-02.00); 8. Josh Barclay, 48.91m (160-05.00)
Triple Jump (finals) – 1. Kyle Brost, 15.47m (50-9.25)

Pole Vault (finals) – 8. Roman Ruiz, 4.61m (15-01.50)

Javelin (finals) – 1. Sindri Gudmundsson, 73.69m (241-09.00); 5. Kyle Morris, 62.67m (205-07.00)
4x100m Relay (finals) – 3. Jacob Davis, Carl Jones Jr., Chad Artist, Austin Lane, 41.21
1,500m (finals) – 11. Luke Bailey, 3:51.17
110m Hurdles (finals) – 5. Tyler Lloyd, 14.79; 9. Zach Meyer, 15.00

400m (finals) – 5. Spencer Eldridge, 48.73

100m (finals) – 2. Carl Jones Jr., 10.50

400m Hurdles (finals) – 2. Tyler Lloyd, 52.74; 9. Jacob Davis, 55.28

200m (finals) – 4. Carl Jones Jr., 21.41
5,000m (finals) – 5. Luke Beattie, 14:08.28; 13. Haydon Cooper, 14:39.59; 15. Luke Bailey, 14:40.52; — J.D. Thorne, DNF; — Devin Pancake, DNF, — James Withers, DNF.

4x400m Relay (finals) – 3. Chad Artist, Mikhail Kidd, Tyler Lloyd, Spencer Eldridge, 3:18.57

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