PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Senior All-American Amber Henry ran a 9:55.07 steeple chase at the Stanford Invitational hosted by a Stanford University. That time is the fastest time in the West Region and the second-best time in the nation.
"Amber was outstanding without a question," women's head coach Jim Blaisdell said. "It's early in the year, but she's just going to get better as well. That's really an outstanding time, especially for this early in the season."
Laken Hintze also ran the Steeple Chase at Stanford. After getting knocked down in the first water jump, she ran 10:56.74 which is a Big Sky Conference qualifying mark.
"She had to get up from a tough break on the water jump," Blaisdell said,"She got stepped on and knocked down and still was able to finish with a really good time."
Also in California, Ogden High graduate and freshman, Jamie Stokes qualified for the Big Sky meet in the 1,500 with a time of 4:28.20.
In the Utah Valley Invitational at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, the rest of the team was able to add some Big Sky qualifying marks to the team's totals for the weekend.
The team was able to pick up six total Big Sky Conference qualifiers between the two meets. In Orem,
Kayla Blackford was the top-collegiate qualifier in the 5,000-meter distance run, setting a time of 17:26.65. That is good enough to qualify for the Big Sky meet.
Coming off of a forearm surgery, Tiffany Hellstrom set a conference-qualifying mark in the javelin throw, with a mark of 153-02.25. That distance is the 12th-best in the nation and was the second-best mark of the meet.
Elisa Isakson was the other qualifier for the women. She qualified in the pole vault with a mark of 11-11.75.
"It was about what I expected for the first meet of the outdoor season," Blaisdell said. "After taking a month off and, as young as we are, it may take a meet or two to really get going, but that's to be expected. Obviously, we would like more conference-qualifying marks, but it's early in the season."
The men had a great first weekend, racking up 18 conference-qualifiers.
Those 18 qualifiers were headlined by wins by Matt White, Isaac Akers, Cylor Morgan and the 4X400 relay team.
Matt White picked up the win in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.20. The Wildcats finished 1-2-3 in the event with freshman Darion Zimmerman finishing second and junior Josh Peterson finishing third.
Isaac Akers won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.54. Finishing just behind him was teammate Dustin Durfee who placed second with a time of 55.00 in the event.
Cylor Morgan won the long jump with a mark of 23-09.75.
The 4X400 team of Christian Barbiero, Isaac Akers, Dustin Durfee and Josh Peterson won with a time of 3:17.36. All of those wins were conference qualifiers.
The 18 total qualifiers had men's head coach Dan Walker very pleased with his team's performance on the first weekend of the outdoor season.
"It was a super start to the season," Walker said. "The sprinters, jumpers and throwers performed well in Orem and our distance guys were excellent at Stanford. We really had a great meet this weekend. It was a great day for the opening of the season."
The Wildcats will compete again on Friday at the Idaho Cup in Boise, Idaho.
The Weber State University softball team came up short in its series finale against Portland State on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats earned just two hits and committed four errors as they dropped the 9-2 decision to the Vikings in Big Sky Conference action at Wildcat Softball Field.
Junior shortstop Brooke Silva provided the biggest fireworks for the day for the Wildcats, smashing a 1-0 pitch over the fence at left center in the first inning.
Senior center fielder London Clarke earned the other hit, getting an RBI single fifth inning as she beat the throw to first as freshman infielder Brooke Ford slid across the plate to give the Wildcats two runs.
Weber State dropped to 2-4 in Big Sky play after losing three over the weekend to the presumptive Big Sky front runners, who improved to 5-1 in league play.
Weber State's players, coaches and staff wore pink uniforms and shirts during Saturday's game in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
The Wildcats will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they host a non-conference doubleheader against former PCSC Mountain Division rival Utah Valley. First pitch is set for 2 p.m., with a second game to follow at approximately 4 p.m.