T-Birds Find Success In Utah And California
CEDAR CITY, Utah - With just about two weeks until the 2017 Big Sky Outdoor Championships, the Thunderbird track and field team split up between a pair of meets this weekend, competing in the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, California, and the BYU Robison Invitational in Provo, Utah.
BYU Robison Invitational Recap
Senior Jayson Kovar led the charge for the Thunderbirds in Provo, competing in the discus. The former Second Team All-American set a season best in the event, with a throw of 189 3.75''. Coming into the weekend that would have been the top throw in the Big Sky Conference, and it would have put him in the top-25 in the entire country.
Devon Montgomery, a former NCAA Regional competitor, won the 110-meter hurdles in Provo with a time of 14.41.
In the women's 4x100, the Thunderbirds took second place at the meet with a time of 46.87. That mark is the best the Thunderbirds have hit yet this season.
Mia Russell finished sixth overall in the women's 200-meter final with a 25.07.
China Simmons was also able to win her heat of the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.62, which was a season best.
SUU javelin throwers Jeff Rowley and Skyler Porcaro finished fifth and eighth respectively in that event in Provo as well.
adidas/Steve Scott Invitational
SUU's steeplechasers had a lot of success in Irvine on Friday night.
Michael Finch won the men's steeplechase, finishing the event in a time of 9:20.85. For him, that was a personal best and would have been the sixth best time coming into the weekend in the Big Sky Conference.
In the women's steeplechase Morgan Vorwaller had a performance worthy of the SUU record book. She ran a 10:59.4, which was the sixth fastest time in the history of the program and a huge personal record for her.
Josh Collins was able to secure the top time in the 5,000-meter with a 14:26.80.
Kasey Knevelbaard finished third at the meet in the 800-meter with a personal best of 1:50.03. Brian Espino was able to set a personal best as well, hitting a time of 1:52.68. Both of those athletes were already ranked amongst the top-10 in the Big Sky for the event.
Mike Tate was also able to secure a victory in the 1,500-meter with a time of 3:47.48.
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