POCATELLO, Idaho -- It was another meet with more improvements and conference qualifiers for the Weber State indoor track and field teams. The Wildcats competed Friday and Saturday at the Mountain State Games in Pocatello and combined for six new qualifiers for the Big Sky Championships.
The Wildcat men's team picked up four more conference qualifiers and finished first in four events.
Freshman Synjohn Lilly took first in the 60 meters and qualified for the conference meet with a career best time of 6.93. That time is also tied for the fifth-best in Weber State history.
Another freshman, Darion Zimmerman, qualified for the Big Sky meet in the 200 meters with a time of 22.08. Josh Peterson reached the standard in the 400 meters at 48.73 and Stetson Smith qualified in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.72, finishing second in the event.
Kurt Ward won the mile run with a career best time of 4:17.67 and Mike Hardy continued his strong season by winning the 3,000 meters at 8:19.15, winning the event by more than 15 seconds. John Coyle was second.
In the field events Tyler Burns won the high jump with a mark of 6-8.75. Cylor Morgan once again won the long jump with a mark of 23-2. Derek Harrebomee finished second in the weight throw at 59-05.00, a seasonal best performance.
"It was a really good weekend for us," said men's coach Dan Walker. "It was nice to pick up several more qualifiers and win some events and continue to improve."
On the women's side the Wildcats recorded 17 seasonal bests and picked up two new qualifiers.
Ashley Kealamakia finished third in the 800 meters and qualified for conference with a time of 2:12.67. Laken Hintze also reached the standard, finishing fourth at 2:13.29.
Jerica Wilson was second in the 400 meters at 56.71. Freshman Jamie Stokes won the 800 meter open race at 2:17.37. Katy Hufford won the long jump at 18-00.25.
The 'Cats also had strong performances in the throwing events. Freshman Britlie Silvester set a new Weber State freshman record in the weight throw, posting a career best mark of 53-7.00. That mark also ranks as the second best in Weber State history. Silvester was also fourth in the shot put with a mark of 43-09.75.
"We made more improvements and are a better team than last week," said WSU head coach Jim Blaisdell. "Our throwers had a really good meet today."
The 'Cats now have just two meets remaining before the Big Sky Championships. Weber State will compete at the Montana State Invitational Friday in Bozeman, Mont. They will host the Wildcat Invitational on Feb. 16 before returning to Bozeman for the conference championships on Feb. 22-23.