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Thunderbird T&F Preps for Final Weekend Before Indoor Championships

February 16, 2017
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - The Thunderbird track and field teams are just one week away from the 2017 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships, and will compete at the the NAU Tune Up and the Alex Wilson Invitational this weekend to make final preparations for the conference meet.

Last Time Out

For the second time in the 2017 indoor campaign the Thunderbirds found plenty of success in Seattle, as they set several fast marks at the Husky Classic.

Josh Collins ended up second all-time in the SUU record book for his performance in the 3,000-meter, where he ran an 8:02.03. Matt Wright also clocked in at 8:07.61 in the same event. Sharlie Dimick also set the second fastest mark in school history in the women’s mile, finishing the race in 4:46.96.

In New Mexico Jayson Kovar broke his own school record in the indoor shot put with a throw of 58’.5’’.

Game Plan

The Thunderbirds will use the NAU Tune Up as an opportunity for some athletes to post top times and marks leading up to the Big Sky Championships.

The Thunderbird men’s Distance Medley Relay team will be competing at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, in hopes of setting one of the top marks in the entire country. This DMR group has already broken the school record with a time of 9:48.48, and is hoping to improve on that performance.  

Words From Coach Houle

“We have to stay focused in terms of our development and our progress, and make sure that the athletes see themselves for what they are, and that’s very strong teams,” SUU head coach Eric Houle said about the mindset the team should have in the final two weeks of the indoor season.  

2017 Big Sky Leaders

Event - Current Place in Big Sky: Name (Time) *Top 10 Included

Men’s 60m - No. 2: Tre James (6.74)

Men’s 60m Hurdles - No. 3: Devon Montgomery (8.23),

Men’s 200m - No. 3: Tre James (21.68)

Men’s 400m - No. 1: Brandan Harley (47.97), No. 3: Inoa Wahinehookae (48.38)

Men’s 800m - No. 2: George Espino (1:51.23), No. 4: Kasey Knevelbaard (1:51.76)

Men’s 1 Mile - No. 5: Kasey Knevelbaard (4:03.40), No. 7: Josh Collins (4:04.82), No. 8: Liam Kennell (4:07.63), No. 10: Matt Wright (4:08.63)

Men’s 3,000m - No. 1: Josh Collins (8:02.03), No. 2: Matt Wright (8:07.61), No. 5: Kasey Knevelbaard (8:14.92)

Men’s 5,000m - No. 5: Matthew Wright (14:14.78)

Men’s 4x400m - No. 10: Southern Utah (3:22.50)

Men’s DMR - No. 1: Southern Utah (9:48.48)

Men’s Shot Put - No. 3: Jayson Kovar (58’ .5’’)

Men’s Weight Throw - No. 9: Jayson Kovar (57’ 3.5’’)

Women’s 200m - No. 6: Peyton Green (24.91)

Women’s 400m - No. 7 Peyton Green (56.56), No. 8: Linea Saltz (56.68)

Women’s 1 Mile - No. 4: Sharlie Dimick (4:46.96), No. 7: Josie Riggs (4:54.35)

Women’s 3,000m - No. 8: Brighton Glassman (9:56.46)

Women’s 5,000m - No. 10: Brighton Glassman (17:28.83)

Women’s 4x400 - No. 6: Southern Utah (3:53.70)

Women’s DMR - No. 3: Southern Utah (11:55.37)

Big Sky Athletes of the Week

January 17, 2017 - Tre James (Men’s Track)

January 30, 2017 - SUU DMR Team: Kasey Knevelbaard, Brandan Harley, George Espino and Josh Collins (Men’s Track)

Regional Ranking

Southern Utah Men - 11th in NCAA Mountain Region

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