Alex Anderson set a new Southern Utah record with his Big Sky qualifying mark in the triple jump.
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T-Birds Open Indoor Season with Qualifying Marks at NAU

January 12, 2013
By SUU Strategic Communication

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Jan. 12 - The Thunderbirds opened the indoor track season at Northern Arizona with several Big Sky qualifying marks both on the track and on the field.

The sprinters racked up conference qualifiers as Shaun Murray raced to a second-place finish in the 60-meters with a time of 6.75. Converting Murray's time to the Big Sky 55-meters standard and adjusting for altitude sets the senior at the head of the conference field with a qualifying time of 6.32. Freshman Arnold Carrillo also opened the season with a Big Sky qualifier, racing to a conference-leading time of 48.97 in the 400-meter dash.

Kodai Kusano returned from a redshirt season to lead the T-Bird hurdlers with a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdlers. Converted to a 55-meter hurdles time, Kusano's 7.76 ranks fourth in the conference and qualifys for a spot at the championship. On the women's side, Shaye Maurer also gained a 55-meter hurdles qualifier with a 7.86 time converted from a second-place finish in NAU's 60-meter hurdles. Aside from qualifying, Maurer's time also places her first in the Big Sky.

The Lady T-Birds led the distance squad as Whitney Curtis raced to a first-place finish in the 3,000-meters with a time of 10:49.55. She was followed by Armarose Cesal in second place as Cesal recorded a time of 10:58.11. Aubrey Bryson and Kaylee Coates led the team in the mile with third and fourth place respective times of 5:16.85 and 5:17.14. Jon Lee and Clinton Rhoton represented the men in the mile with times of 4:19.03 and 4:22.99, placing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Alex Anderson led the jumpers at Northern Arizona with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump. Anderson's qualifying distance of 48-7.25 places him first in the Big Sky as well as improving his previous all-time Southern Utah record. Long jumper Stephen Wilson also earned a place at the conference championship with a mark of 22-8, ranking fourth in SUU's indoor record book.

Summit League champion Kayla Kovar returned to lead the throwers with conference-leading qualifying marks in both the shot put and weight throw. Kovar placed third in the weight throw with a distance of 57-0.75 and fifth in the shot put with a distance of 48-6.

The women placed third at NAU's Lumberjack Team Challenge with 84 points while the men came in fourth with a score of 63. Big Sky competitor Northern Arizona placed fifth on the women's side and second on the men's at its home meet.

Southern Utah Track & Field will be back on the road next weekend as the teams split between New Mexico's Cherry & Silver Invite on Jan. 18-19 and the NAU Invitational on Jan. 19.