T&F Ready For Big Weekend In California
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah - The Thunderbird track and field teams are preparing for another weekend in the state of California, as they will be splitting up between three different meets.
SUU will be competing in the Bryan Clay Invitational, the Mt. SAC Relays and the Long Beach Invitational.
Last Time Out
The Thunderbirds were in Pomona, California, last Saturday to compete in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
SUU’s effort was led by Justin Lewis, who won the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.57 and finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.53.
Devon Montgomery had the fastest collegiate time at the event in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing with a 14.54.
Linnea Saltz had a big Saturday as well, as the freshman set a new personal best in both the 800-meter (2:13.30) and the 200-meter (25.53).
Mia Russell also had a personal best in two events, in both the 100-meter (12.42) and the 200-meter (24.98).
Words From Coach Houle
On what he’s seen from the teams so far . . .
“Typically when we move into this coming meet, this is where we really start to see some performances,” SUU head coach Eric Houle said. “I believe based on what we’ve seen since the beginning of the year, there doesn’t seem to be an end to personal bests so I’m just hoping we can continue it. I know with the training regiment that I have I believe there no reason why we can’t.”
On splitting up the team between three bigs meets . . .
“We are able to compete with some of the most powerful programs in the country, and that’s not even a thought for our athletes anymore,” he said. “Now their mindset is ‘I’m in a good competition, and this is my opportunity to be on this stage and get a big performance.’ It’s cool to see at these big meets, to see the best of the best, and at all different levels. It’s great to see them develop and compete on these types of stages.”
SUU’s distance team will be splitting up between Mt. SAC and Bryan Clay. The sprints team will be mostly competing in Long Beach, but some will be in Mt. SAC. All of the field events will take place in Long Beach.
Mt. SAC, which is one of the biggest events on the track and field calendar, and will kick off on Thursday and conclude on Saturday. The Bryan Clay Invitational and Long Beach Invitational, which will both be loaded with good competition, will run the same days.
2017 Big Sky Outdoor Leaders
Event - Current Place in Big Sky: Name (Time) * Top 10 Included
Men’s 100m - No. 4: Tre James (10.55)
Men’s 200m - No. 9: Justin Lewis (21.56), No. 10: Tre James (21.61)
Men’s 400m - No. 1: Justin Lewis (47.34)
Men’s 800m - No. 3: Kasey Knevelbaard (1:50.96), No. 10: Bryan Espino (1:53.64)
Men’s 1,500m - No. 1: Kasey Knevelbaard (3:41.76), No. 8: Mike Tate (3:53.68), No. 10: Jason Quinn (3:55.51)
Men’s 5,000m - No. 1: Mike Tate (13:39.81), No. 4: Kasey Knevelbaard (14:02.95), No. 5: Matt Wright (14:90.44), No. 6: Josh Collins (14:16.12), No. 10: Brady Olsen (14:51.56)
Men’s 110m Hurdles - No. 4: Devon Montgomery (14.68)
Men’s 400m Hurdles - No. 4: Devon Montgomery (53.49)
Men’s 4x100m Relay - No. 7: SUU (41.64)
Men’s 4x400m Relay - No. 4: SUU (3:16.26)
Men’s Shot Put - No. 8: Jayson Kovar (53’ 6 ½’’)
Men’s Discus - No. 1: Jayson Kovar (180’ 3’’)
Men’s Javelin - No. 2: Jeff Rowley (205’ 11’’), No. 5: Skyler Porcaro (189’ 9’’)
Women’s 200m - No. 5: Mia Russell (24.98), No. 10: Peyton Green (25.26)
Women’s 400m - No. 6: Linnea Saltz (56.22)
Women’s 800m - No. 7: Linnea Saltz (2:13.30)
Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase - No. 10: Morgan Vorwaller (11:18.65)
Women’s 5,000m - No. 6: Josie Riggs (17:03.24)
Women’s 10,000m - No. 3: Ashley Tyndall (35:41.29), No. 6: Kaylee Abel (37:21.73)
Women’s 400m Hurdles - No. 4: Carly Dalton (1:02.32)
Women’s 4x100m Relay - No. 6: SUU (47.99)
Women’s 4x400m Relay - No. 5: SUU (3:52.27)
Women’s Discus - No. 9: Amy Pouliot (147’ 1’’)
Women’s Javelin - No. 10: Alexis McAllister (133’ 3’’)
2017 Outdoor Athletes of the Week
April 3, 2017: Mike Tate (Men’s Track Athlete of the Week)
Men’s Team: NCAA Mountain Region - No. 10
Live Stream / Stats
A live stream for both the Mt. SAC and the Bryan Clay will be available on FloTrack for those that pay a subscription fee. Live results for all three meets will also be available. Links to all can be found on suutbirds.com prior to the start of the meets.
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