Four Aggie Track And Field Athletes Rank In USTFCCCA Preseason Top 50

LOGAN, Utah – Four members of the Utah State men and women’s indoor track and field team rank among the nation’s best according to the USTFCCCA Division I Preseason National Team Computer Rankings released Thursday. Three USU men, senior high jumper Clint Silcock, senior sprinter Mike Pyrtle and senior shot putter Joe Canavan, along with one Aggie woman, junior pole vaulter Sonia Grabowska, qualified for the ranking based on their best mark during their last indoor season competed in.Grabowska, a native of Warsaw, Poland, led the Aggies with the highest rank tied at No. 12 with Indiana’s Vera Neuenswander in the pole vault with a mark of 4.20m (13-9.75). Grabowska performed this mark on Jan. 17, 2009 at the USU Wilson Invitiational, and sat out the 2010 indoor season due to an injury.Silcock, a Salmon, Idaho native, ranks tied at No. 19 with Louisville’s Mike Edwards, Oregon State’s Obum Gwacham, Stanford’s Jules Sharpe and Lawrence Hardin from Western Illinois, in the high jump with a height of 2.16m (7-1). Silcock set this mark at the University of Washington’s Last Chance Qualifier on March 6, 2010. Pyrtle, a native of Ocala, Fla., ranks tied at No. 21 with Florida State’s David Ambler and TCU’s Skye Dawson in the 60m dash with a time of 6.71. Pyrtle set this time, which is also a Utah State record, at the New Mexico Classic & Combined on Feb. 5, 2010, and was altitude-adjusted from a 6.69.Canavan, a Palm Desert, Calif. native, is ranked at No. 32 in the shot put with a mark of 17.64m (57-10.5) at the Indoor Western Athletic Conference Championships on Feb. 25, 2010. The 17.64m mark is also a USU record.The Utah State track and field team opens the 2011 indoor season on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Idaho State Invitational in Pocatello, Idaho.-USU-

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