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Weber State notebook: Sellers qualifies for Olympic Trials; Volleyball reveals 2022 schedule

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Jun 23, 2022

Photo suxpplied/Weber State Athletics

Sarah Callister Sellers, an Ogden native, placed second Monday in the Boston Marathon. The former Weber State University athlete was noted as having the best finish among Utah runners in the race.

Four years ago, Ogden native, Ogden High alum and former Weber State distance runner Sarah Callister Sellers stunned the racing world by finishing second in the Boston Marathon, her second-ever marathon (the first was Huntsville, which qualified her for Boston).

Sellers finished the 2018 Boston Marathon through a rainstorm in 2:44:04.

She then finished 11th in the 2020 Olympic Trials. Not long after that, the pandemic began and, reports the Arizona Daily Star, Sellers learned she was pregnant. She gave birth to her first child in January 2021.

Now, she’s back on the pavement and set a new personal record. Sellers, also a nurse anesthetist in Tucson, Arizona, finished second at the Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, running 2:25:43 and, per Weber State track, again qualifying for the next Olympic Trials by breaking her PR by six minutes.

Recent Weber State graduate Billie Hatch finished 40th in the Minnesota marathon, running 2:43:43.

VOLLEYBALL RELEASES SCHEDULE

Weber State volleyball released its 2022 nonconference schedule Thursday.

The Wildcats hold their purple and white scrimmage on Aug. 19, with a banner and ring ceremony for the team’s 2021 Big Sky championship, then will host Air Force in an exhibition the next day.

The Wildcats open the regular season by hosting UC-Riverside, Southern Utah and San Jose State at Swenson Gym in games Aug. 26-27.

Weber State first hits the road for a tournament hosted by 2021 NIVC tournament champion UNLV. Weber State will play UNLV, St. John’s and Miami on consecutive days from Sept. 1-3.

Next, WSU plays a tournament in California from Sept. 8-10 and will face UC-Irvine, Gonzaga and Cal State Fullerton.

WSU then finishes nonconference play by traveling to play at Utah Valley on Sept. 15, then by hosting Utah State on Sept. 17.

Big Sky Conference play begins Sept. 22 at Portland State, after which WSU hosts Northern Arizona on Sept. 24.

NEW HOOPS STRENGTH COACH

Weber State has hired Justin Irwin to be the men’s and women’s basketball strength and performance coach, Irwin announced on Instagram.

Irwin most recently worked for two years at Division II Tusculum University in Tennessee — one as the basketball performance coach, one as the head strength and conditioning coach for all programs. He also has strength and conditioning experience at Florida and North Texas.

He replaces John Bloom, who left for a similar job at Texas Tech.

BASSETT, McEWEN SIGN

Two-year WSU men’s basketball big man Dontay Bassett has signed to play professionally with BK Opava in the Czech Republic, the team announced Friday morning.

After three seasons at Florida, the 6-foot-9 Bassett finished his career at Weber State, averaging 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 50.2% from the field and 33% from the 3-point line.

After a brief stint with the Hamilton Honey Badgers in the Canada Elite Basketball League, and NBA workouts with the Utah Jazz and Toronto Raptors, Koby McEwen is headed overseas.

McEwen has signed with the Norrköping Dolphins in Sweden, the team announced Thursday. Norrköping plays in Basketligan, the top pro league in that country.

The 6-foot-4 guard finished his college career with one year at Weber State, averaging 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game last season.

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