Track and field: Wildcats add 13 new conference qualifiers

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:18 AM


BOISE, Idaho — The Weber State track and field teams picked up several more conference qualifiers over the weekend at the Jacksons Invitational in Boise, just their second meet of the indoor season.

On the men’s side, the Wildcats picked up five new conference qualifiers. The top track performance of the meet came from Mike Hardy, who won the mile run with a time of 4:10.80. Freshman Synjohn Lilly qualified for the conference meet in the 60 meters with a time of 7.00, which ranks in the school’s all-time top 10.

Matt White qualified in two events. He finished sixth in the 200 meters (22.09) and was also sixth in the 400 meters (48.50). Dustin Durfee also qualified in the 400 meters (48.99).

The ’Cats also had strong performances in the 800 meters as Stetson Smith was fifth at 1:54.05 and Zach Schweinsberg was sixth at 1:54.84.

In the field events, Cylor Morgan was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump with a career best time of 24-5.75. That mark is the best in the Big Sky this season and now ranks as the fifth best in WSU indoor history.

Derek Harrebomee finished second in the weight throw with a mark of 58-4.50 and freshman Logan Leavitt qualified for the conference meet in the long jump with personal best mark of 22-10, finishing fourth overall.

“We are a lot better team than we were after our first meet,” said WSU head coach Dan Walker. “We had lots of improvements and picked up more qualifiers and I’m really happy with our performance.”

The Wildcat women’s team had eight new conference qualifiers and had 23 seasonal bests. Three Wildcats reached the qualifying standard in the mile run. Sarah Callister posted a time of 4:51.09, a career-best time and the fourth best in WSU indoor history. Laken Hintze also qualified in the mile (4:57.74) and freshman Jamie Stokes posted a 4:58.12 to qualify.

Jerica Wilson finished fifth in the 400 meters and qualified with a time of 57.00. Adelyn Jones posted a career best time of 9.00 in the 60-meter hurdles, the eighth best time in school history.

In the field events, the ’Cats had four new conference qualifiers. Ashley Bartlett reached the standard in the high jump with a mark of 5-5, and Elisa Isakson qualified in the pole vault at 11-9.75.

Natasha Powell finished fourth overall in the shot put with a mark of 44-0, which also ranks as the seventh best mark in school history. Katy Hufford was the second collegiate finisher in the long jump with a mark of 18-5.

“We made some good progress and improvements this meet,” said WSU women’s coach Jim Blaisdell. “We picked up several new qualifiers and some good improvements. Still have some areas we need to improve on but we’re moving in the right direction.”

Weber State will be back in action next weekend at the Mountain State Games in Pocatello. The ’Cats have just three meets left before the Big Sky Conference championships.

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