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Weber State track: 11 qualify for NCAA regional; Whitney repeats as Big Sky men’s decathlon champion

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | May 19, 2022

Eleven Weber State track and field athletes have qualified to compete at the NCAA West regional meet to be held May 25-28 at the University of Arkansas.

Athletes qualify for regionals by scoring a top-48 time, distance or score in one of the two regions throughout the season.

Nine Weber State men will compete at the NCAA regional, led by senior Christian Allen’s multi-event qualification in both the 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters. Allen set a new school record in the 5,000 meters three weeks ago with a time of 13:40.88.

Joining Allen are: Dallin Leatham (10,000 meters), Tracen Warnick (3,000-meter steeplechase), Bronson Winter (steeplechase), Peter Visser (steeplechase), Jamison Wilkes (steeplechase), Lachlan Burns (pole vault), Cody Canard (javelin) and Josh Trafny (javelin).

Two WSU women have qualified: Cheyenne Leatham (1,500 meters) and Emily Barnes-Sterzer (400-meter hurdles).

BIG SKY MEET

Caleb Whitney’s repeat championship in the men’s decathlon highlighted Weber State’s top performances at the Big Sky track and field championships held May 11-14 in Pocatello, Idaho.

The junior from St. George ran the best 110-meter hurdles time among men’s decathletes at 14.52, which was one of four new PRs he set in the final five events of the competition. His third-place finish of 4:48:43 in the 1,500-meter race capped his decathlon championship with 7,128 points, the fourth-best mark in WSU history.

WSU’s Jed Smith won the decathlon pole vault at 15 feet, 5 3/4 inches and took third in the decathlon standings.

Outside of the decathlon, senior Lachlan Burns won the Big Sky title in the pole vault with a jump of 17 feet, 3/4 inches.

The Weber State men finished fifth in the team standings.

For the women’s team, junior Rylie Lusk won the 10,000 meters with a time of 35:31.85.

Emily Barnes-Sterzer was edged in the 400-meter hurdles race when meet officials had to use the thousandth place to break a tie at the top. Barnes-Sterzer and Northern Colorado’s Craiesha Johnson each show 1-minute flat on the final results, but Johnson won by 0.007 seconds on the official time despite a diving finish from Barnes-Sterzer.

The WSU women’s team finished fourth in the standings.

Northern Arizona won both team championships and placed a Big Sky-high 33 athletes into the NCAA regional meet.

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