Feb. 23, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho -
The Utah State women are in the lead after day one of the three-day Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. After the pentathlon, which was the only women's event held on the first day of competition, Utah State leads with 12 points, followed by Nevada in second place with 9 points and New Mexico State in third with 8 points.
The first day of competition consisted of the women's pentathlon and the men's heptathlon. On the women's side, Utah State sophomore Chari Hawkins claimed the gold medal, scoring 3,669 points en route to the title. New Mexico State's Zoe Meade finished in a second with 3,612 points, followed by Nevada's April Pate, who claimed third place with 3,559 points.
"We had a pretty good day, although we wanted more," head coach Shantel Twiggs said. "We have to build on our day one performances if we wish to contend."
Pate put together two life time personal records and three pentathlon personal bests. She started the day with a personal record performance in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.78 which moves her up one spot on the all time list and tied with Cristina Hibbert. She also achieved a personal record in the high jump with a mark of 1.65 (5'5"), and she threw a personal best in the shot during a pentathlon with a throw of 12.11m.
"I am really proud of April, she has really been putting things together in practice and at every turn she puts herself in position to contend for the title."
Senior Alexa Anderson placed sixth in the Pentathalon, hitting a couple of personal bests in the shot put and in the 800m to put herself among the second team All-WAC and number nine on the Nevada all time list.
The heptathlon's three remaining events will take place tomorrow, Feb. 24, starting at 11:00 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles. Tomorrow's championship events continue as the field events begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the running events at 4:00 p.m.
"Day one is in the record books, now on to day two. The goal of day two is two get everyone to qualify for Saturday's final and those in final events to get into the highest possible scoring position. We are ready, now we must execute."