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SUU Men and Women Tabbed Sixth in Big Sky Preseason Poll

March 20, 2014
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah – March 20 – The Southern Utah men’s and women’s track and field teams were voted sixth in the conference by the Big Sky coaches in the outdoor preseason poll on Wednesday.

Northern Arizona’s men were unanimously voted to the first-place conference position, tallying 121 points in the coaches’ poll. Sacramento State (104), Montana (88), Weber State (80) and Montana State (78) were chosen to finish second, third, fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by the Thunderbirds in sixth place with 74 points.

The Lumberjack women were chosen as favorites by seven of the 11 coaches, earning 116 points. Sacramento State followed in second place with 104 points and the remaining four first-place votes. Montana and Weber State tied for third place with 94 points each, followed by Portland State in fifth place with 76 points. Southern Utah’s women placed sixth with 68 points.

The Thunderbirds entered the outdoor season after a fourth-place finish on the men’s side at the Big Sky Indoor Championship, with all-conference finishes recorded by Alex Anderson, Ryan Barrus, Arnold Carrillo and Shaun Murray, as well as an individual title in the 60-meter dash recorded by Preston Myers.

The women posted a fifth-place team finish with Kayla Kovar taking individual titles in the shot put and weight throw and Shaye Maurer-Springall earning Most Valuable Player and the top podium spot in the 60-meter hurdles.

The T-Birds will continue the outdoor season when the teams split between the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 26-29 and the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic on March 29.