SUU to Compete at Mt. SAC and Azusa Pacific
CEDAR CITY, Utah - Apr. 17 - Southern Utah track and field will escape from the snow for another weekend of California competition as the Thunderbirds travel to the Mt. SAC Relays and Azusa Pacific’s Bryan Clay Invitational, held in Walnut and Azusa, Calif., respectively and set to take place on Thursday and Friday.
“In the midst of these snowstorms, it sure is nice to be able to go to California when qualifying marks are on the line,” head coach Eric Houle said. “When you go to Mt. SAC, you’re really looking to up your standards at the regional level. Most of those athletes have already qualified for the conference championship, so now we’re trying to move up in the regional rankings.”
The team at Mt. SAC will be mainly comprised of sprinters and distance runners, with conference leader Shaun Murray representing SUU in the 200-meter dash. Teammate Preston Myers will compete in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes while Kodai Kusano represents the men in the 110-meter hurdles. All three athletes currently rank among the Big Sky top three in their respective events. The SUU women at Mt. SAC will include Shaye Maurer and T’Keyah Johnson, racing in the 100-meter hurdles and 100- and 200-meter dashes, respectively.
Nate Jewkes and Jamie Smith will head the distance team at Mt. SAC, racing in the 10,000-meters and 5,000-meters, respectively. Jewkes currently ranks third in the conference in the men’s 5,000-meters, while Smith ranks second on the women’s side. Ryan Barrus, Elijah Rono, Kirsten Bradford and Danielle Jewkes will also be among those racing in the 5,000-meters at Mt. SAC, while Devan Antczak and John Hart compete in the steeplechase. Danielle Jewkes will also race in the 1,500-meters and currently ranks fifth in the Big Sky standings.
Throwers Jennika Wright and Rylee Mulitalo will also compete at Mt. SAC, throwing in the shot put while teammate Sadi Hoyt competes in the hammer throw. Wright currently ranks fifth in the conference shot put rankings, while Mulitalo ranks seventh.
Several athletes competing at Mt. SAC will also compete alongside the rest of the team at the Clay Invitational, preparing for conference by simulating the pressure of competing in multiple events in a single meet.
The T-Birds will return to Palo Alto, Calif., next weekend for Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational on Apr. 28. The team will then have a two-week break before the Big Sky Outdoor Championship, hosted by Portland State on May 8-11.