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Thunderbirds Look Strong In Outdoor Season Opener

March 18, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Thunderbird track and field teams kicked off their outdoor season on Saturday, as both the men’s and women’s side posted solid marks to get things started.

Mike Tate was back in a Thunderbird uniform on Saturday, winning the 1,500-meter with a time of 3:53.68. Justin Lewis also put back on a SUU jersey on Saturday, running the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.34. That sets the fourth-fastest time in school history.

Staying on the men’s side, Kasey Knevelbaard was the top finisher in two events on Saturday, winning both the 800-meter and the 5,000-meter. He won the 5K to start the day with a personal best of 14:02.95. This is the fifth-best mark in SUU history. He led the charge for SUU, as Josh Collins and Matt Wright finished in second and third. Knevelbaard won the 800-meter with a personal best of 1:50.96, which is the sixth fastest in school history.

Tre James kept his strong freshman campaign going on Saturday, setting the eighth-fastest time in SUU history in the 100-meter dash with a 10.56. He also set a solid mark in the 200-meter dash with a 21.61.

Freshman thrower Jeff Rowley had a big first meet, throwing the javelin 205’11’’, which is the sixth furthest mark in SUU history.

On the women’s side Carly Dalton had a huge meet for the T-Birds, running a 14.67 in the 100-meter hurdles and a 1:02.32 in the 400-meter hurdles. Those marks are ninth and seventh all-time in SUU history respectively.

Linnea Saltz set the eighth fastest time in school history in the 400-meter dash with a 56.22.

Paige Cardiff claimed victory in the 1,500-meter with a time of 4:40.66. Josie Riggs ran a personal best in the 5K, with a 17:18:50.

Mia Russell ran the 200-meter dash in 25.09, finishing in the top-10 at the event.

Both Riggs and Saltz had a strong finish in the 800-meter, finishing with 2:16.17 and 2:16.90 respectively.

The event team-scored, with the men’s squad finishing in second place behind only Illinois. The women’s team finished in fifth, ahead of Big Sky Conference foes Northern Colorado and Idaho State.

The Thunderbirds will now take a week off before heading to three different meets. They will be competing in the 90th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (March 30-April 1), the Stanford Invitational (March 30-April 1) and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival (March 31 - April 1).

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