Your Guide To Women's WAC Track!

Utah State, Louisiana Tech and Fresno State compete for the women's WAC Track title while Boise State just tries to avoid the basement.

In past years, Louisiana Tech would be a lock for the women's Western Athletic Conference track championship.  Not so fast you women of Ruston.  The new favorite is hometown Utah State for the four-day event that begins Wednesday in Logan.

The Aggies use incredible strength in the track events (117 points) to compile 152 projected points.  Louisiana Tech has its traditional sprint heroics and pick up valuable points left to them by the absence of Boise State's Elena Kafourou (who is redshirting the outdoor season) to score heavily in the jumps.  The Lady Bulldogs are projected to score 136 to a narrow second over Fresno State's 135.  Nevada is fourth with 122 projected points, followed by Hawai'i at 87, New Mexico State with 73, Idaho with 57 and Boise State with 54.

Utah State will count on its distance runners to score 58 points in the four events while the Aggies' 400-meter hurdlers are set for 15 points and the 800-meter runners are on pace to score 13.  Tech expects to rack up 22 points in the 400, 17 points in the 100 meters and 15 in the 200.

Here is the complete breakdown of the WAC Championships this week in Logan:

 

 

100 Meters:

Heats Friday afternoon at 4

Final Saturday at 5:50 p.m.

Louisiana Tech is the favorite here as usual, although they are not as dominant as in years past.  Sophomore Chasidee Lewis Photobucketis the only WAC performer to earn a ticket to the NCAA Regional Championships thus far with an 11.50 clocking at the Ole Miss Invitational.  Freshman Stacia Hanneman (11.93) and Nancy Shelton (12.15) give the Lady Bulldogs additional strength.  New Mexico State, with Leah Benton (11.79), Devin Brooks (12.17) and Candyce Allen (12.30) all in the top ten, is surprisingly strong.  Fresno State, which hopes to challenge Tech for the team title, also fields a good trio in freshman Shanelle Stephens (11.91) and seniors Vanessa Sautebin (12.13) and Rayna White (12.24).  Nevada's hopes rest with senior Analisa Serrano, who ran a 12.20 in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational.

The only recent top times come from Stephens and Sautebin. 

What to watch for:  The team dual between Tech and Fresno means that this is a key event for the two schools.  As Boise State is trying to finish as high as possible to give the Broncos a shot at the Commissioner's Cup, they will be hoping Tech does well but also that New Mexico State (whom the Broncos will try to beat out) does not.  Sautebin is the highest-ranked senior and that may well work to her advantage.  

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 17

Fresno State 11

New Mexico State 10

Nevada 1

 

200 Meters:

Heats Friday at 5:55 p.m.

Final Saturday night at 6:25

PhotobucketBenton actually grab's the #1 seed for the 200, and Louisiana Tech, while down in this event, is young and will be strong next year.  Benton ran a 24.08 in the Willie Williams Classic, but she'll get a strong challenge from Fresno State's Latrisha Jordan, who was clocked in 24.17 at a dual meet last week. 

Tech has plenty of horses in the race as well:  Hannaman (24.23), sophomore Monique Wright (24.35), Lewis (24.65), junior Lashannda Worthy (24.96) and El Charrita Reynolds (24.97) all have a shot at points.  Fresno's Tiera Hilliard (24.78) hopes to reach the top five.  Utah State's Maria Halton, who ran a 24.59 in the BYU Cougar Invite and Boise State's Morgan Cribbs (24.97) round out the top ten.

Besides Jordan, the only other runners to score their seasonal bests in the last month are Halton and Hilliard.

What to watch for:  Louisiana Tech could explode for points here that would greatly help their team chances.  Boise State's Cribbs has a chance here but the Broncos are hoping Halton of Utah State can do well to keep points away from Fresno State.

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 15

New Mexico State 10

Fresno State 10

Utah State 4

 

400 Meters:

Heats Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Final Saturday at 5:40 p.m.

PhotobucketThis shapes up as a great dual between Louisiana Tech and Fresno State.  Tech has half of the league's top ten 400-meter stars.  Wright (55.16), Reynolds (55.17), Kamelia Stroy (55.32), Worthy (56.45) and Shante Benion (56.51) give the team from Ruston incredible depth.  Fresno counters with Hilliard (55.28) and Jordan (55.43).  Utah State's Elaine Connoly (55.36), Boise State's Nerisha Phillip (55.68) and Idaho freshman Keli Hall (56.39) look to score points.

The only recent bests come from Connolly, who posted her time at the Cougar Invite, and Jordan.

What to watch for:  This is another event in which Louisiana Tech could potentially put the team race out of reach.  It is also one of the only running events in which Boise State is expected to score points.  

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 22

Fresno State 9

Utah State 5

Boise State 2

Idaho 1

 

800 Meters:

Heats Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Final Saturday at 6 p.m.

PhotobucketConnolly is a factor in the 400, but she's the favorite in the 800 over Boise State's Kayleen McDowell.  That pair has qualified for Regionals, with Connolly posting a 2:08.51 at the Mark Faldmo Invitational and McDowell timed in 2:09.07 at the Robinson Invitational.  Nevada begins to show strength with sophomore Katie Avena (2:13.66), senior Polly Smith (2:15.15) and freshman Christy Works (2:15.27) among the leaders.  Idaho freshman Lauren Schaffer (2:11.94) is an emerging talent and the Vandal women are hoping freshman Teegan Schoch (2:14.90) can hold her own.  Juniors Erin Stratton of Utah State (2:15.37), Hawai'i's Samantha Whitehall (2:15.95) and Roxanne Sellick of Fresno State (2:16.21) hope to improve their lot this weekend.  

The most recent bests are from McDowell, Schaffer, Works and Sellick.

What to watch for:  Without Kafourou, this is Boise State's best chance for an individual WAC title.  McDowell is a veteran and would be tough to bet against.  Nevada, which hopes to win the WAC Commissioner's Cup, can score valuable points in this event with Idaho perhaps the only team that can slow them down.

Projected Points:

Utah State 13

Nevada 8

Idaho 10

Boise State 8

 

1,500 Meters:

Heats Friday afternoon at 2:35

Final Saturday at 5:12 p.m.

Just like the men's competition, the Utah State distance runners are among the best in the league.  Erin Stratton (4:27.03) leads a group of five Aggie women Photobucketin the top ten.  Stratton crossed the tape in 4:27.03 at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational in April.  Junior Sellick (4:27.22) used the Mt. SAC Relays to also qualify for the Regionals.  Idaho's Schoch (4:34.42) and sophomore Eric Digby (4:37.39) provide a good challenge to the leaders with New Mexico State looking to score points via Brittany Hurtado (4:39.75) and Nevada's Tiffany Tandy (4:44.13) trying to reach the top eight.

Tandy moved into the mix with her run in the Brutus Hamilton Invitational two weeks ago.  She is the only 1,500-meter runner to score her best in recent weeks.

What to watch for:  Utah State has an outside chance to come away with the WAC championship, and with their home stadium rocking, the Aggies can use this event as a springboard.  If Johnson and Hilton can be a force, USU can score heavily here.  If they don't, there aren't too many better opportunities.  Boise State is hoping Utah State can take points away from Fresno State because of the Cup race.

Projected Points:

Utah State 21

Fresno State 8

Idaho 8

New Mexico State 2

 

5,000 Meters:

Final Saturday at 6:40 p.m.

This is one of Nevada's best events.  Sophomore Amanda Moreno Photobucketis a phenom in the making.  She ran this grueling race in 16:35.67 at the Mt. SAC Relays to post a Regional qualifying score that is fully 35 seconds better than anyone else.  Freshman Jordan Burke (17:26.78) and sophomore Janet Alma Martinez give the Pack two more great talents.  Hilton (17:10.71) is the #2 seed after a successful run at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational and USU's Kim Quinn (17:42.85) is positioned for good points.  Sellick (17:23.18) will try to hold off Burke for third.  Boise State's Breanna Sande (18:00.06) ran her best at the Bronco Twilight last week, but she'll have to do better to score this week.  A pair of New Mexico State runners--Amy Arenas (17:46.83) and Ingrid Flores (18:13.03) and Idaho junior Maike Holthuijzen (17:56.70) will be factors as well.

Sande and Flores are the only two runners who posted bests in the past two weeks.

What to look for:  This 5,000-meter battle is reflective of the larger team race between Utah State and Nevada.  With Louisiana Tech out of the race, the two are left to go at it with only Sellick in the way.  Sande needs to run the race of her life to help Boise State get out of the basement, and that comparison at the bottom of the 5,000-meter leaders is also important.  Idaho, New Mexico State and the Broncos are likely to finish in the bottom three and any gains or losses here will influence their respective overall positions.

Projected Points:

Nevada 18

Utah State 12

Fresno State 6

New Mexico State 2

Idaho 1

 

10,000 Meters:

Final Friday night at 6:25

This event is so tough that only three WAC athletes have tried it this year.  Idaho's Julia Veseth (37:43.66) showed that Photobucketshe can take it at the Mount SAC Relays.  Nevada junior Natalia Jarawka (39:09.40) and Hawai'i freshman Gina Nourmohamadian (40:51.46) are the others with times.  

What to watch for:  Expect athletes from Utah State and Nevada to enter the 10,000 and Fresno State's Sellick may go after it as well, with team points so important.  Sande from Boise State might actually do well here.  Since to score points you only need to be one of five other runners beside the abovementioned trio to finish, the Broncos could pick up points they desperately need.  Kendra Hernandez is another Boise State possibility.

Projected Points:

This is the toughest event to project since only three runners have attempted it.

Idaho 10

Nevada 8

Utah State 8

Hawai'i 6

Fresno State 4

Boise State 2

New Mexico State 1

 

100-Meter Hurdles:

Heats Friday at 3:05 p.m.

Final Saturday at 5:25 p.m.

PhotobucketAntoinette Cobb (13.63) of Louisiana Tech and Nevada senior Analisa Serrano (13.75) lead a balanced field in the 100-meter hurdles.  Cobb finished brilliantly in the LSU Alumni Invitational while Serrano cleared the hurdles in the Sacramento State Open.  Utah State junior Ashlee Cannon (14.06) looks for third in an excruciatingly close middle of the pack that includes Vanessa Sautebin (14.07) of Fresno State, New Mexico State's Brooks (14.08) and Sandra Anane (14.13), Heather Bergland (14.09) of Idaho and Gina Deckard of Nevada (14.17).  The Pack's Kereiona Johnson (14.37) and Fresno State freshman Jordan (14.44) have to improve to get in the top eight.

All of the hurdlers above have done well lately.  Only Cobb and Sautebin have not posted bests in the last four weeks.

What to watch for:  In a race such as this, the team that scores points here will greatly benefit.  Tech and Nevada are beautifully positioned to do just that.  The Broncos will pull for Tech and Utah State here.

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 10

Nevada 9

New Mexico State 6

Utah State 6

Fresno State 5

Idaho 3

 

400-Meter Hurdles:

Heats Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Final Saturday night at 6:15

PhotobucketJordan of Fresno State (58.49) goes for a WAC title in her first year in the league with Utah State poised to make their move as a team.  Nevada Senior Polly Smith (1:00.46) will try to hold off USU's Heidi Hopkins (1:00.66) and Katie Thatcher (1:00.84).  The top three have all qualified for Regionals.  Camille Fehlberg (1:04.31) and Katelyn Jensen (1:05.16) also look to score points for the Aggies.  Anane (1:03.84), and freshmen Jndia Cleveland (1:04.48) and Jessica Payne (1:05.98) look to keep New Mexico State from the WAC basement while Cobb (1:03.60) is Louisiana Tech's best hope to fend off challenges from Fresno State, Nevada and Utah State in this event.

Anane and Payne are the only hurdlers to post bests in the last two weeks; Jordan and Hopkins both did their best three weeks ago.

What to watch for:  Jordan appears to be the class of the field; she's going to be something to watch over the next three years.  Nevada and Utah State will battle toe to toe in this one with at least second place on the line.  

Projected Points:

Utah State 15

Fresno State 10

Nevada 8

New Mexico State 4

Louisiana Tech 2

 

3,000-Meter Steeplechase:

Final Friday afternoon at 2

PhotobucketHilton of Utah State is a tiger in this event, running a 10:28.71 at the UCLA Invitational in April.  Tandy and Avena of Nevada form a powerful 1-2 punch for the Pack women.  Both turned in their top times at the Mt. SAC Relays, clocked in 10:43.65 and 10:46.92, respectively.  Boise State's Breanne Sande (10:46.92) tries to end her career with a bang as all four have already qualified for Regionals.  Utah State brings more to the table with Ashley Johnson (10:54.74) and fellow senior Vanessa Gledhill (11:12.72).  Freshman Shea Hanson is Boise State's other top hope with a time of 11:32.09 achieved in the 30th Sun Angel Track Classic.  Nevada looks to score heavily with juniors Jarawka (11:33.74) and Mandy Russ (11:40.41), both who impressed in the Hamilton Invite, while Hawai'i sophomore Samantha Lotnick (11:41.70) will try to boost her time to score points for the Rainbow Wahine.

Gledhill and Lotnick are the only steeplechasers to post their bests in the last three weeks.  

What to watch for:  Another great dual for the right to challenge Louisiana Tech for the team title.  The Bulldogs are hoping the points are split--if either Nevada or Utah State can separate themselves here, they would become Tech's top rival.  This is one of Boise State's best chances to improve their position as well with the veteran Sande and newcomer Hanson.

Projected Points:

Utah State 17

Nevada 15

Boise State 7

 

4 x 100-Meter Relay:

Final Saturday at 5 p.m.

Tech is the only team that has qualified for Regionals with a 45.59 clocking at the LSU Invite.  Recent performances by Utah State (46.18), PhotobucketFresno State (46.56), New Mexico State (46.84) and Nevada (47.06) have those four teams thinking they can challenge the Techsters that until recently were unbeatable.  Boise State (47.52) is the #6 seed, followed y Idaho (48.18) and Hawai'i (48.98).

What to look for:  Tech is the logical choice to win.  An upset by one of the challengers would go a long ways to taking home the trophy.  Boise State must not only improve upon sixth but needs to beat New Mexico State here with team implications looming.

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 10

Utah State 8

Fresno State 6

Nevada 5

New Mexico State 4

Boise State 3

Idaho 2

Hawai'i 1

 

4 x 400-Meter Relay:

Final Saturday night at 7:20

PhotobucketOnce again, Tech is #1, only in this event they would appear to be unreachable.  The Lady Bulldogs set the bar high with a time of 3:35.14 at the Clyde Littlefield Classic in early April.  Utah State (3:42.81) will have the home crowd behind them in an effort to finish ahead of Fresno State (3:43.48).  New Mexico State (3:47.36) and Boise State (3:48.97) are quite a ways back with Nevada (3:53.38) and Hawai'i (4:06.73) rounding out the field.  Idaho has not competed in the 1600 Relay this season.

Utah State is the only quartet that has posted a high-quality time recently.  

What to watch for:  Individual matches within the race between Utah State and Fresno State and between New Mexico State and Boise State, all fighting for position in the team championship standings.

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 10

Utah State 8

Fresno State 6

New Mexico State 5

Boise State 4

Nevada 3

Hawai'i 2

Idaho 1 (if they field a team)

 

Triple Jump:

Final Saturday at 3 p.m.

PhotobucketWhat a disappointment to see Kafourou out of this event for the first time in four years.  Louisiana Tech looks to capitalize big-time with NCAA qualifier Quatisha Williams (40' 7.5"), fellow sophomore Brittney Guy (39' 10"), senior Christina Tupper (37' 7.5") and sophomore Whitney Smith (37' 0.5") given new life in their quest for a WAC title.  Nevada will also benefit and sophomore Aurelia Houston (39' 3") and freshman La Tijera Avery (37' 1.75") are ready to walk through the open door.  Boise State, meanwhile, will turn to freshman Ann Noyes (38' 7") to defend the Bronco name.  Utah State freshman Julia Stewart (38' 4.25") will try to make the home crowd happy, while New Mexico State's Jasmine Tucker (37' 4") looks for points and Hawai'i freshman Jamilee Jimenez (36' 9") will try to get her team going.

Tucker, Avery and Jimenez have the most recent seasonal bests.

What to watch for:  Kafourou should get cards of well wishes from Louisiana Tech because her absence really increases the Bulldogs' chances.  They will score well here.  

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 21

Nevada 7

Boise State 5

Utah State 4

New Mexico State 2

 

High Jump:

Final Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

The high jump is where Hawai'i really gets moving in these championships.  Junior Amber Kaufman (6' 0.75") is the favorite Photobucketafter her leap last week in the Steve Scott Invitational.  Senior Emily Sheppard (5'10", Nevada sophomore Nicole Williams (5' 9.25") and Rainbow Wahine freshman Sarah Saddleton (5' 8.75") will be right there as well.  All four of those talented leapers have met the standard for NCAA Regional qualifying.  Senior Annett Wichmann (5' 7") will want to bow out in style as well.  Idaho's Darcy Collins (5' 7.75") and Breeana Chadez (5' 5") look to score good points here and Utah State's Tara Pickett (5' 7"), Nevada's Cortney Beasley (5' 5") and Fresno State's Antoinette Burton (5' 5") all have good shots in a crowded field.

Besides Kaufman, Pickett and Burton have also posted their marks in the past four weeks.

What to watch for:  An outstanding performance by the Rainbow Wahine.  That will also help Boise State's cause, keeping out big totals by Nevada and Fresno State.  

Projected Points:

Hawai'i 25

Nevada 6

Idaho 4

Utah State 3

Fresno State 1

 

Pole Vault:

Final Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

PhotobucketUtah State's Sonia Grabowska (13' 9.75") looks to give the Aggies a WAC title here and teammate Kaylene Gastaldi (12' 1.5") could score well also.  Annelise Bertleson (12' 7.5") is Boise State's first legitimate pole vault contender in years but she's not alone in the Bronco stable.  Danielle Valentine (12' 1.5") has been performing well lately and BreAnna Craig (11' 7.75") threatens to score points as well.  Hawai'i's Jessica Custance and Fresno State's Cara Montes (both have cleared 12' 7.75 also) join Grabowska and Bertleson as Regional qualifiers.  Freshman Lindsay Beard (12' 3.5") and Hawai'i seniors Samantha Weaver and Samantha Culiver (11' 7.75") are also in the mix of a bunched-up group.

Gastaldi and Valentine are the only vaulters who have cleared top heights in the last three weeks.

What to watch for:  Boise State's trio.  In a WAC Championships where the Broncos have no chance for the team title, this event is a bright spot and Bertleson, Valentine and Craig should shine.  

Projected Points:

Utah State 13

Boise State 10

Hawai'i 7

Fresno State 5

Idaho 4

 

Long Jump:

Final Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

PhotobucketAnane gives New Mexico State a rare moment to celebrate.  With Kafourou out of the way, she could capture the gold this weekend.  Anane jumped 19' 9.75" at the Azusa Pacific Invitational to lead the WAC field as the only Regional qualifier.  Louisiana Tech's Quatisha Williams (19' 4.75" is likely Anane's only main challenger.  Tech also gets strength from sophomore Saphira Brown (18' 8") and Smith (18' 7") while Nevada's Avery (18' 8.5") will battle Courtney Castaneda of Fresno State (18' 7.25") and others for points in the middle.  Cleveland of New Mexico State (18' 7"), Hawai'i's Sheppard (18' 7") and Jimenez (18' 6") and Idaho freshman Alyssa Covington (18' 4.25") all have shots for good points in the long jump.

Avery, Castaneda and Sheppard all posted top marks in the last three weeks.

What to watch for:  Louisiana Tech.  They can virtually wrap up the team crown with a strong performance here and also help Boise State by diminishing New Mexico State, Nevada and Fresno State.  Those are three teams the Broncos don't want to do well.

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 14

New Mexico State 13

Nevada 6

Fresno State 4

Hawai'i 2

 

Shot Put:

Final Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

PhotobucketLouisiana Tech record holder Nadia Alexander (54' 8.75") leads a talented field that includes no less than five Regional qualifiers.  Alexander posted her feat at the prestigious Penn Relays three weeks ago.  Fresno State's Kayla Xavier (50' 5.25") is a factor after opening eyes at the USC Trojan Invitational.  The fight will be for the important middle points of 4, 5 and 6 points.  Tech junior Tiera Hall (48'9"), Utah State freshman Spela Hus (48' 5.25") and New Mexico State's Corissa Hutchinson (47' 9") will all be in the hunt.  Nevada looks for points with Constance McAlman (43' 3.75") and junior Jaleesa Jeffery (41' 11.5").  Jordan Veney of New Mexico State (45' 5") and Hawai'i's Wichmann (43' 5.25") and TeRina Keenan (43' 0.25") look to sneak in for points as well.

Hall, McAlman and Jeffery have put up the most recent numbers in the field.

What to watch for:  Fresno State will try to gain points from the favored Techsters while New Mexico State will need its points to hold off Idaho and Boise State.

Projected Points:

Louisiana Tech 15

Fresno State 8

New Mexico State 7

Utah State 6

Nevada 2

Hawai'i 1

 

Discus:

Final Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

PhotobucketKeenan (165' 11") leads seven Regional qualifiers in the discus.  Teammate Careena Onosai (163' 10") expects to do well also.  Fresno State's Sharon Ayala (165' 9" and Xavier (163' 10") could do serious damage to Tech's title hopes with a 1-2 finish.  Hawai'i's Onosai (163' 10"), New Mexico State's Hutchinson (161' 10") and Veney (161' 3") and junior McAlman from Nevada (159'5") are all among the West's top hurlers.  Logan fans will be cheering for senior Krista Larson (154' 8") and junior Shannon Prince (153') to score points for the home team.

Xavier, Veney, Keenan, Onosai and Prince all achieved their top marks in the last three weeks.

What to watch for:  This is essentially a three-team race for the most points.  Hawai'i looks to score heavily here along with Fresno State.  New Mexico State needs these points but will have to hold off McAlman and the USU discus throwers.

Projected Points:

Fresno State 16

Hawai'i 13

New Mexico State 7

Nevada 2

Utah State 1

 

Hammer:

Final Saturday afternoon at 12:30

PhotobucketAyala is an amazing talent that dominates the field by 23 feet in this event.  This despite the fact that five other women who "put the hammer down" are Regional qualifiers.  Utah State's Larson (193' 1") is Ayala's chief rival, with another gap to Nevada's McAlman (183' 7").  Fresno State is also boosted by Xavier (180'9"), Grace Wiesmann (179' 8") and senior Nancy Vizcarra (169'2") that should give the Bulldogs a push here in the hammer.  Boise State's Mele Vaisima is improving each week in her sophomore season, recording a throw of 177' 9" at the Twilight last week.  Freshman Emma MacCorquodale (173' 7") of Hawai'i takes on New Mexico State's Veney (162' 10") and Utah State's Prince (160' 7") for the right to that eighth position.

McAlman, Vaisima and Vizcarra all posted top throws last weekend.

What to watch for:  Utah State and Nevada will need to prevent a Fresno State free-for-all in the hammer if they harbor high hopes of a WAC title.  The Broncos, meanwhile, are just looking to get out of the basement and badly need Vaisima to come through.

Projected Points:

Fresno State 20

Utah State 8

Nevada 6

Boise State 3

Hawai'i 2

 

Javelin:

Final Saturday afternoon at 3

Wichmann of Hawai'i will be one of the favorites for WAC Field Athlete of the Year.  She leads the charge in the javelin with a toss of 163' 11" at the Stanford Invitational in March.  Boise State's Sasa Kampic (157' 2" Photobucketand Hammond of Nevada (155' 1") are also Regional qualifiers.  Fresno State's Jacqueline Vazquez (142' 4") looks to hold down fourth place while Hawai'i gets additional contributions from freshman Kai Schmidt (139' 7") and junior Lauren Cutler (130' 8").  Idaho has four athletes among the league's top ten that will hope to get points:  Anne Barnett (137') and freshmen Ellen Rouse (128' 9"), Justine Belliveau (124' 4") and Danielle Hayward (122' 10").

Vazquez, Barnett, Cutler, Rouse and Hayward all turned in top spear-throwing efforts last weekend.

What to watch for:  Hawai'i will make a surge towards the top in this event while Kampic will need to hold off Hammond and Vazquez.

Projected Points:

Hawai'i 15

Boise State 8

Nevada 6

Fresno State 5

Idaho 5

 

Heptathlon:

Competition Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 1 p.m.

PhotobucketWichmann is the superior force in the heptathlon with a Regional qualifying total of 5,334 points at the Mt. SAC Relays.  She topped most of the WAC contenders at that event.  Idaho's Darcy Collins (4,790 points) and Hawai'i's Sheppard (4,769) will fight for second and third with a strong contingent of Nevada heptathletes--junior Jennifer Boswell (4,305) and sophomores Alexa Anderson (3,753) and Andrea Keirstead (3,619) poised to do well.  Freshman Brooke Demers is Boise State's best hope with 3,304 points.

What to watch for:  Wichmann to close out a glorious career by blowing away the field.  Demers needs to improve in a hurry to limit Nevada's point production in the event.

Projected Points:

Hawai'i 16

Nevada 12

Idaho 8

Boise State 2

Fresno State 1

 

 

 


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