POCATELLO, Idaho -- The Weber State men's and women's track and field teams opened up for the 2013 indoor track and field season Saturday at the Idaho State Snake River Open.
The meet was mainly a dual meet with Idaho State and Weber State at Holt Arena in Pocatello.
The Wildcat men's team had five qualifiers for the Big Sky meet and also recorded four marks on the school's top 10 lists.
Mike Hardy qualified on the track side with a time of 8:23.53 in the 3,000 meters, one of the top opening meet times the school has seen in the event.
The Wildcats picked up four conference qualifiers in field events.
Dustin Martin qualified in the weight throw with a mark of 59-8.25. He won the event by more than three feet and also posted the fifth best time in school history in the weight throw. Derek Harrebomee also qualified in the weight throw as he finished second overall with a mark of 56-6.75.
Tyler Burns won the high jump and qualified for the Big Sky meet with a mark of 6-6.75.
WSU also had success in the 60 meter sprints with two freshmen reaching the all-time top 10 lists. Darion Zimmerman won the event with a time of 7.00, which just missed qualifying for conference and now ranks as the seventh fastest time in school history. Synjohn Lilly came in second, just behind Zimmerman, with a time of 7.02, the ninth best all-time.
Another all-time mark was in the long jump where Cylor Morgan won the event with a personal best mark of 23- 8.25, now tied for the ninth best in WSU history.
"It was a good opening meet for us with several good performances," said WSU men's coach Dan Walker. "It was nice to get five new qualifiers and add several marks to our top 10 lists."
On the women's side, the Wildcats had five first places and picked up four qualifiers for the Big Sky meet in their first meet of the season.
Three Wildcats qualified for conference in the 3,000 meters as the Wildcats continued their strong performances in distance events. Sarah Callister, Taylor Thornley and Jamie Stokes all reached the conference standard and Laken Hintze just missed qualifying.
The other conference qualifier was Ashley Kealamakia, who reached the standard in the 800 meters, winning the event with a time of 2:15.66.
Freshman Alexandria Van Halder had a strong meet in her first career meet, winning the 200 meters with a time of 25.83 and finishing second in the 60 meters at 7.76. That time ranks as the eighth best in WSU indoor history.
Katy Hufford won the long jump at 18-00.50 and Kassandra Reynolds took first place in the weight throw at 51-11.25.
"We had some really good performances for our first meet," said WSU women's coach Jim Blaisdell. "We competed and worked hard picked up some new qualifiers, while just missing qualifying marks in some other events. We still have a lot of work to do but it was a good start for us."
Weber State will take a break next week to host the High School Developmental meet. The next meet they will compete in will be Jan.25-26 at the Boise State Invitational.
* BYU, UVU SHINE IN OPENER: At BYU, Fan Fan Charles highlighted Day 2 of the BYU Invitational with a second-place finish and a new personal record in the 60-meter final with a time of 6.75 seconds.
Utah Valley University's Allah Laryea-Akrong and Nicholas Taylor finished first and third with times of 6.69 and 6.78, respectively.
In the men's heptathlon, BYU's Chase Dalton and Isaac Robison finished first and second overall with scores of 4,831 and 4,686 points, respectively.
In the mile, BYU runners Tommy Gruenewald (4:10.90), Jason Witt (4:14.52), Jared Rohatinsky (4:15.99) and Steve Flint (4:15.99) claimed the top four spots. The high jump consisted of three BYU jumpers, Dakoda John, Sam Rockwood and Russell Nielson, and one jumper from UVU, Ty Rosser.