ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Utah State’s jumpers made sure Day 2 of the Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships ended in emphatic fashion.
The Aggies closed Friday’s action at the Albuquerque Convention Center by finishing 1-2-3 in the men’s high jump. Sophomore Hunter Simonsen won the event with a career-best mark of 2.18 meters (7-01.75), which is tied for fourth all-time in school history.
“It’s surreal,” Simonsen said. “Being injured the last year-and-a-half and being able to come to conference and jump 2.18 meters is an incredible feeling. I have no words, honestly. It is just absolutely incredible, especially at conference, to go one-two-three. It’s insane. To be able to train with them and learn so much from them throughout this season has been a blessing in disguise. They have been awesome.”
Freshman Chandler Obray placed second in the high jump with a personal-best mark of 2.14 meters (7-00.25), which is tied for seventh all-time in school history. Senior Leaugen Fray finished third with a height of 2.10 meters (6-10.75).
“I love that kid. He works his butt off and has had tons of setbacks,” said USU multi-events/jumps coach Erik Rasmussen. “To have him perform like he is capable of and put himself in a position to go to nationals – he just missed going by a hair – it’s awesome. All three of those guys are just awesome. I couldn’t have asked for better guys to coach.”
Following the first two days of competition, Utah State’s men sit in second place with 47 points. Colorado State is on top with 67 points, while Wyoming is third with 39 points. On the women’s side, the Rams sit atop the standings with 60 points, while San Diego State is second with 31 points and the Aggies are third with 25 points.
Fray also scored points for the Aggies in the long jump as he placed third with a leap of 7.19 meters (23-07.25).
One big reason why the USU women are sitting in the top three after two days is the performance of Maia Garren on Friday. The junior thrower set a school record in the weight throw with a personal-best heave of 19.49 meters (63-11.50).
“It was a very special day,” Garren said. “I went in with an attitude that I really wanted to at least throw what I threw last week, and I ended up breaking the school record and it was pretty awesome. It means a lot. I didn’t anticipate actually being able to do it this year, but to be able to actually do it, is awesome. It was an awesome competition with awesome people. I’m excited to see what shot put brings tomorrow.”
Garren broke the old mark of 19.14 meters set by Keeley Eldredge in 2014.
“That was a pretty special meet for her to have,” USU head track & field/throws coach Matt Ingebritsen said of Garren. “I know she’s been working on that this entire season and that’s been the goal. Obviously, she probably would’ve wanted to do it a little bit earlier in the year, but this was the right venue to do it in and the right place to do it. I couldn’t be more proud of what she has done because that was a good school record she broke.”
Freshman Roman Ruiz wrapped up competition in the men’s heptathlon on Friday morning, finishing in third place with a personal-best 5,078 points, which ranks fifth all-time in school history. Ruiz placed first in both the 60-meter hurdles (8.59) and 1,000-meter run (2:49.15), and finished second in the pole vault (4.90 meters/16-00.75).
The final day of the MW Indoor Track & Field Championships begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday with a pair of women’s field events in the shot put and high jump. Track events are scheduled to begin at 11:40 a.m. with the women’s mile and at 2:45 p.m., the championships will come to a close with the women’s 4×400-meter relay.
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MOUNTAIN WEST INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION CENTER
FEB. 22, 2019
- Colorado State – 67
- UTAH STATE – 47
- Wyoming – 39
- New Mexico – 27
- Boise State – 18
- Air Force – 17
- San Jose State – 2
- Colorado State – 60
- San Diego State – 31
- UTAH STATE – 25
- Wyoming – 22
- Fresno State – 17
T6. Boise State – 14
T6. New Mexico – 14
T6. UNLV – 14
- Air Force – 11
- Nevada – 10
- San Jose State – 1
USU MEN RESULTS:
Heptathlon (finals) – 3. Roman Ruiz, 5,078 points.
Heptathlon 60m Hurdles – 1. Roman Ruiz, 8.59.
Heptathlon Pole Vault – 2. Roman Ruiz, 4.90m (16-00.75).
Heptathlon 1,000m – 1. Roman Ruiz, 2:49.15.
Long Jump (finals) – 3. Leaugen Fray, 7.19m (23-07.25); 8. Kyle Brost, 6.94m (22-09.25).
Weight Throw (finals) – 8. Oran Wasserman, 17.34m (56-10.75); 10. Kyle Morris, 16.49m (54-01.25); 11. Josh Barclay, 15.34m (50-04.00); 13. Christian Sonnenberg, 15.04m (49-04.25).
High Jump (finals) – 1. Hunter Simonsen, 2.18m (7-01.75); 2. Chandler Obray, 2.14m (7-00.25); 3. Leaugen Fray, 2.10m (6-10.75).
Mile – 10. Stokton Smith, 4:20.03q; 13. Kody Gould, 4:21.90.
60m Hurdles – 7. Zach Meyer, 8.28q; 10. Jacob Davis, 8.37; 11. Tyler Lloyd, 8.45.
60m – 8. Carl Jones Jr. 6.97q; 10. Austin Lane, 7.00; 14. Chad Artist, 7.17.
200m – 8. Austin Lane, 22.17q; Chad Artist, 22.75.
400m – 7. Mikhail Kidd, 49.85q; 10. Spencer Eldridge, 50.10.
800m – 10. Dylan Barker, 1:54.78; 11. Devin Pancake, 1:55.57.
5,000m (finals) – 6. Luke Beattie, J14:46.12; 7. James Withers, J14:56.35; 16. Sam Clausnitzer, 15:35.14.
USU WOMEN RESULTS:
Weight Throw (finals) – 2. Maia Garren, 19.49m (63-11.50); 11. Michala Zilkey, 17.02m (55-10.25); 12. Tori Bailey, 16.83m (55-02.75).
Long Jump (finals) – 27. Whitney Skabelund, 5.14m (16-10.50).
Pole Vault (finals) – 12. Stephanie Wright, 3.78m (12-04.75); 18. Maren Garnett, J3.63m (11-10.75).
Mile – 4. Cierra Simmons-Mecham, 4:59.47Q; 8. Megan Ryan, 5:01.78q; 11. Grace Gibbons, 5:02.00; 13. Mica Rivera, 5:03.46; 14. Josie Givens, 5:06.21.
60m Hurdles – 14. Abbey Bryant, 8.85; 15. Alexis Koetitz, 9.07; — Talie Bonds, FS.
200m – 11. TJ Strawder, 24.69.
400m – 15. Jensen Mosman, 56.79; 21. Melanie Muncy, 58.94.
800m – 6. Karen Christensen, 2:16.30Q; 19. Shannon Maloney, 2:21.43.
5,000m (finals) – 12. Alyssa Snyder, 17:45.24; 14. Bailee Parker, 17:56.80.