SUU Women Excel at the UW Invitational and Mountain States Games
SEATTLE, Wash./POCATELLO, Idaho – Feb. 1 – The Lady Thunderbirds broke into the school record books with several Big Sky qualifying marks as the squad split between the UW Invitational in Seattle and Idaho State’s Mountain States Games in Pocatello. The distance runners led the team with three conference qualifiers at the Washington meet, while multi athlete Shaye Maurer-Springall set a new SUU record during her first pentathlon of the season.
“The performances this weekend show that our women are really ahead of schedule compared to where they were at this time last year,” head coach Eric Houle said. “To have Shaye finish second in the pentathlon at a big meet like this, together with everything the distance team did here and in Idaho, sets us up to have some really great performances in May.”
Maurer-Springall made her 2014 pentathlon debut with a second-place overall finish at Washington and Big Sky qualifying score of 3843, which is also a new record in the event for Southern Utah. She also represented SUU in the 60-meter hurdles and tied her school record with a preliminary time of 8.45. Maurer-Springall went on to finish third in the event with a final time of 8.54.
Ashley Hawks led the women’s distance squad at the Husky-hosted meet, doubling in Big Sky qualifiers with top Southern Utah times in both the mile and 3,000-meter run. Hawks’ third-place mile time of 4:58.68 ranks 10th in SUU’s all-time records, and her 5,000-meters time of 17:13.35 ranks fifth. Shelli Mogensen also recorded a conference qualifier in the 5,000-meters with a 17:29.88, ranking seventh in the school records. Representing the T-Birds in the 800-meter run, Aubrey Bryson improved her 10th-place SUU record with a 2:15.58 finish at UW.
Jumper Taylir Garrison tied her own top-ten record in the high jump with a second-place mark of 5-5 at the UW Invite. Kayla Kovar led the throwers once again, placing third in the shot put (50-5.5) and fourth in the weight throw (60-4).
The Thunderbirds also recorded top Southern Utah marks at the Mountain States Games, where they faced Big Sky competitors Weber State, Montana, Northern Colorado and the hosting Bengals of Idaho State. Sprinter Jamila Pullum recorded third-place finishes in both the 200-meters (25.69) and 400-meters (56.94). Her 400-meters time now ranks sixth in Southern Utah’s records and qualifies her for a spot at the conference championship at the end of the month.
The distance squad also excelled at Idaho State, with Kaylee Boyer recording a second-place time of 10:35.38 in the 3,000-meters, followed by Rachel Stone (10:40.57) in third place.
Lesli Kinkade and Jessica Johnson tied for eighth-place in the pole vault with matching marks of 10-6. The mark is a new personal best for Johnson and she now ranks sixth in the school records.
The Lady T-Birds will back in Flagstaff, Ariz., next week to compete in Northern Arizona’s Mountain T’s Invitational. The meet is set to take place Feb. 7-8.