PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Weber State men's track and field team claimed third place at the Big Sky Conference outdoor championships on Saturday in Portland, Ore.
The Wildcat women's team took eighth place overall, but senior Amber Henry won three events and earned MVP honors.
The men's squad entered Saturday in first place but dropped to third by the end of the meet. Weber State totaled 125 points to finish third for the second straight year. Northern Arizona repeated as Big Sky champions, finishing with 143 points and Sacramento State took second at 136.
After claiming first place in two events on Friday, the Wildcats won two more events Saturday, both coming in the relays. The Wildcat team of Logan Leavitt, Cylor Morgan, Matt White and Chris Struckman took first place in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 41.72, the fourth best time in Weber State history. In the last event of the day the Wildcats took first in the 4x400-meter relay, posting a time of 3:09.77, the fifth best in school history. That relay team consisted of Isaac Akers, Josh Peterson, Dustin Durfee and Matt White.
Trevor Ricks won the steeplechase and Morgan won the long jump on Friday.
In addition to the relay wins on Saturday Isaac Akers earned all-conference honors by finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.54, tied for the fifth fastest time in school history. White also earned All-Big Sky honors by taking second in the 400 meters, posting a time of 47.71 in the finals. White also took fifth in the 200 meters.
Stetson Smith finished fourth in the 800 meters and Durfee was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles. Struckman was fourth in the 200 meters and took fifth in the 100 meters, while Morgan finished sixth in the 100 meters. Dustin Martin finished in fifth place in the discus and Jonathan McCune took sixth in the 110-meter hurdles.
"We had a terrific meet and it was a fun day today and was close throughout," said WSU men's coach Dan Walker. "We had very few disappointments and whole lot of exciting things happen. The guys really worked hard and I'm so proud of their efforts and results."
The Wildcat women's team finished in eighth place in the meet, totaling 55 points. Sacramento State claimed first place with a total of 155.5 points. Portland State was second with Northern Arizona taking third.
However, the Wildcats had a record-setting performance by Henry who captured first place in three events and was named women's MVP of the meet.
Henry became the 10th athlete in Big Sky history to win three events at the same championship as she captured first place in the 1,500 meters, steeplechase and 5,000 meters. She won the steeplechase on Friday and came back Saturday to win the title in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:22.83. She followed that up late in the day by winning the 5,000 meters, posting a time of 16:35.19 in the event.
Henry set stadium records in all three events and the 5,000 meter time is a new Big Sky championship meet record.
The Mountain View, Wyo., native accounted for 30 of Weber State's 55 points. She has now captured seven Big Sky titles in indoor and outdoor track in addition to winning two Big Sky cross country titles.
"Amber was just spectacular today," said WSU coach Jim Blaisdell. "Not many athletes have had conference meets like that and she made it look easy. She's just had an incredible year and did an outstanding job this weekend."
In addition to Henry, Tiffany Hellstrom finished fifth overall in the javelin while Lauren Navidomskis claimed sixth place in the high jump. Ashley Kealamakia finished eighth in the 800 meters and freshman Regina Okoye was eighth in the triple jump. The Wildcats came in sixth in the 4x400-meter relay.
"It was a disappointing meet overall for us," Blaisdell added. "It was one of those meets where things just didn't click for fall into place for us and we couldn't get any momentum going."
Those athletes that qualify will next compete at the NCAA First Round Meet, set for May 23-25 in Austin, Texas.