Hilton Is WAC Champion In 3000m Steeplechase On Day Three Of WAC Outdoor Championships

HONOLULU – Utah State women’s track and field junior Ruth Hilton won the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:41.95 on Thursday, the third day of the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Honolulu.Due to the four-hour time difference, Utah State Athletics has only included the events that finished before 10 p.m. (MT) in order to accommodate media outlets deadlines. All events that took place after 10 p.m. will be included in Friday’s release.After four events being recorded for the men and three for the women, the Aggie men and women are in first place with 42 and 28 points respectively. For the Utah State men, junior Daniel Howell, senior Steven Atkinson and junior Aaron Clements posted a 2-3-4 finish in the 3000m steeplechase, racking up 18 team points for the Aggie men. Howell crossed the line at 8:56.31 while Atkinson and Clements followed with their personal-best times of 9:02.44 and 9:08.85, respectively, as Howell and Atkinson earned first-team all-WAC honors and Clements collected second-team accolades.For Hilton, it is her third all-WAC honor for the outdoor season in the steeplechase, earning second-team all-WAC honors last year after finishing fourth and first-team accolades by finishing second in 2009. Overall, it is Hilton’s seventh career all-WAC honor between cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field. Senior Alicia Wilkins and sophomore Kaylee Campbell also tallied team points for the USU women in the 3000m steeplechase as Wilkins finished in third (10:55.80) and Campbell in seventh (11:08.42). Wilkins earned first-team all-WAC honors for the first time in her career after collecting a second-team award in 2008. Junior John Johnson claimed second-place and earned first-team all-WAC in the pole vault with his personal-best vault of 4.95m (16-02.75), for his third career first-team all-WAC award. Senior Philip Noble tied for fourth in the same event with a mark of 4.75m (15-07.00), collecting second-team all-WAC honors. The Aggies qualified six athletes that will move on to the final on Friday they include seniors Ashlee Cannon and Heidi Peterson along with freshman Chari Hawkins in the 100m hurdles. Junior Katelyn Heiner and sophomore Aubrie Haymore will move on to the finals in the 400m as will freshman Tanner Hunt. Four more scoring events will conclude Thursday night for the women along with the men having three scoring events remaining. The remainder of the events that will take place on Thursday evening are preliminary races. The USU men are the two-time defending WAC Outdoor Champions, while the Aggie women have placed fourth each of the last three years. The Utah State women look to avenge their one-point loss to Louisiana Tech earlier this year in the indoor season. Live results can be found at www.utahstateaggies.com or on www.wacsports.com. Fans can follow Utah State Athletics, including USU track and field, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.com or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics. UTAH STATE RESULTSWAC CHAMPIONSHIPSHONOLULU, HAWAI’IMAY 12, 2011 (Only Events Completed Before 10 p.m. (MT)) WOMEN TEAM SCORES (Three Events Scored)1. UTAH STATE – 282. Idaho – 233. Nevada – 153. Fresno State – 155. Boise State – 116. Hawai’I – 107. Louisiana Tech – 88. New Mexico State – 7MEN TEAM SCORES (Four Events Scored)1. UTAH STATE – 422. Boise State – 313. Idaho – 284. Fresno State – 175. Louisiana Tech – 6 WOMEN 100h Prelim – 2. Ashlee Cannon, 14.04q; 7. Heidi Peterson, 14.34q; 8. Chari Hawkins, 14.35q 400m Prelim – 6. Katelyn Heiner, 56.13q; 8. Aubrie Haymore, 56.69q; 17. Chalese West, 57.55 3000sc – 1. Ruth Hilton, 10:41.95; 3. Alicia Wilkins, 10:55.80; 7. Kaylee Campbell, 11:08.42; 9. Stephanie Burt, 11:11.39; 11. Marissa Floodman, 11:28.29 Hammer – 12. Spela Hus, 47.51m (155-10) MEN 400m Prelim – 5. Tanner Hunt, 48.76q 3000sc – 2. Daniel Howell, 8:56.31; 3. Steven Atkinson, 9:02.44; 4. Aaron Clements, 9:08.85 Pole Vault – 2. John Johnson, 4.95m (16-02.75); T-4. Philip Noble, 4.75m (15-07.00); Max Hansen, NH Javelin – 8. Jon Goble, 44.94m (147-05) -USU-

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