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Weber State notebook: Winter 24th in steeplechase; soccer schedule; NAU, MSU win Big Sky trophies

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Jun 8, 2023

ROBERT CASEY, Weber State Athletics

Weber State forward Grace Kirby, middle left, celebrates her goal with teammates in a match against Northern Arizona on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Ogden.

Weber State runner Bronson Winter finished 24th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals Wednesday at the NCAA track and field championships held in Austin, Texas.

Winter was Weber State’s lone national qualifier from the men’s or women’s teams. He was the last man in with a time of 8:38.92 at the West regional two weeks ago.

Wednesday in Texas, Winter ran his race in 9:12.30, which was last among the 24-person field. Montana State’s Duncan Hamilton, who ran the second-fastest time in NCAA history in the West regional, won Winter’s heat and will race in the final Friday with BYU’s Kenneth Rooks, among others.

Winter’s race ends the 2022-23 competition season for Weber State athletics.


The 2023-24 season begins with women’s soccer. The team’s newly released schedule begins with a home exhibition against Utah Valley on Aug. 12 and the season opener Aug. 17 at Utah State.

WSU women’s soccer opens the season with four straight on the road: at Utah State (Aug. 17), Wyoming (Aug. 20), Gonzaga (Aug. 24) and Washington State (Aug. 27).

WSU hosts UNLV (Aug. 31) and Utah (Sept. 14) at Wildcat Soccer Field, sandwiched around a Midwest road trip to Northwestern (Sept. 7).

Big Sky Conference play begins indoors at Idaho, where Weber State visits Sept. 20. Weber’s home conference games are Eastern Washington (Sept. 24) and then three straight to finish the regular season: Sacramento State (Oct. 13), Portland State (Oct. 15) and Idaho State (Oct. 22).

WSU went 6-12 last season, with a 4-4 mark in Big Sky play. The Wildcats lost to No. 1 Northern Arizona in a penalty shootout in the conference tournament semifinals.


The Big Sky Conference announced its all-sports trophy winners for the 2022-23 competition season: Northern Arizona on the women’s side and Montana State on the men’s.

The all-sports point system comes from the regular-season finish or conference tournament/championship result for all conference-sponsored sports each institution offers, according to the Big Sky.

Basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball and tennis earn points based on regular-season finishes, while points for track and field, cross country and golf are awarded based on conference tournament/championship results. Indoor and outdoor track and field points are averaged to create one score for track and field.

Northern Arizona won conference championships in six of the eight women’s sports it fields. NAU has won the women’s all-sports trophy in five of the last six years.

Weber State women finished fourth in the 10-team conference.

Montana State just edged NAU for the men’s trophy by virtue of a football co-championship and second-place finishes in basketball, cross country and indoor track.

Weber State men finished in third place.


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