BOZEMAN, Mont. — Candice Dominguez broke her own school record to finish first in the high jump to lead Sacramento State during the second day of the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at Montana State.
Those performances helped lift Sacramento State to the team lead in the women's standings. The Hornets scored 44 points and are closely followed by Montana (35), Weber State (34) and Eastern Washington (32) heading into the final day on Saturday. The Sacramento State men are in second place after scoring 34 points on Friday. Northern Arizona holds the lead with 47 points while Idaho State (33), Montana State (29) and Weber State (26) remain within striking distance.
Dominguez and Elizabeth Venzon finished 1-2 in the women's high jump with both setting personal bests. Dominguez won the event after clearing 5-09.75 while Venzon was successful at 5-07.75 which moved her into a tie for third place in school history. Dominguez became just the second Hornet women to win a Big Sky indoor title in the high jump, joining Naima Goodwin who was victorious in 2010.
Sacramento State was also aided by three scorers in the long jump. Freshman Emilia Del Hoyo placed second with a leap of 18-10.75. Kassandra Corrigan was fifth (18-07.75) and Nirie Boglino placed eighth (18-04.50). Together the three combined to score 13 points towards the team total.
The Hornets also picked up six valuable points with a third-place showing in the distance medley relay. The team of Amanda Garcia, Ashley Kittle, Hannah Edwards and Chloe Berlioux ran 12:05.34 which placed the quartet fourth in the school record book.
Sacramento State was also able to position itself for a chance at a Big Sky title after qualifying seven athletes for event finals on Saturday. In the 60-hurdles, Stephanie Blumm, Olivia Leavitt and Del Hoyo each advanced. Blumm ran 8.75 for the fourth-fastest time during the day while Leavitt and Del Hoyo crossed in 8.78 and 8.85, respectively. Edwards ran 2:15.12 and Garcia 2:15.14 to punch their tickets into the 800 finals. The final qualifiers came from Amari Jones in the 60 (7.73) and Joy Weems in the 400 (57.48).
The Sacramento State men started the day with Max Jette and Alec Acevedo completing the heptathlon. Jette placed third and Acevedo fought his way to an eighth-place showing despite competing with a strained hamstring.
Once in the main program of the meet, the Hornets produced 14 points in the long jump after Michael Turner and Cory Barger each set career bests. Turner placed second overall and moved into fifth place in school history with a best of 24-06.50. Barger was third in the meet and now ranks sixth at Sacramento State with a leap of 23-11.75.
Freshman Daniel Onuoha cleared 6-07.00 and added three points with a sixth-place finish in the high jump. Steven Pust finished in fourth place in the pole vault with a best of 16-00.75 and James Kinlohch was sixth in the weight throw. Kinloch's throw of 58-05.25 bettered his career best while keeping him seventh in school history. Kyle Peterson also set a PR and jumped to eighth in the school record book with a toss of 56-10.75.
The Hornets qualified three sprinters to the final of 60-meter dash. All three set career bests and school top-10 marks led by Eric Adorno who ran 6.87. That time was the third fastest during the qualifying rounds and ranks sixth in school history. Turner ran 6.88 and Bryan Cuellar posted a time of 6.90 which now ranks the pair tied for seventh and ninth, respectively. The only other athlete to advance to an event final was Aric Walden who ran 8.29 in the 60-hurdles.
|2016 Big Sky Indoor Track & Field Championships|
|Women's Team Standings||Men's Team Standings|
|1. SACRAMENTO STATE||44||1. Northern Arizona||47|
|2. Montana||32||2. SACRAMENTO STATE||34|
|3. Weber State||34||3. Idaho State||33|
|4. Eastern Washington||32||4. Montana State||29|
|5. Northern Arizona||22||5. Weber State||26|
|6. Montana State||16||6. Portland State||20|
|7. Idaho||15||T7. Southern Utah||19|
|8. North Dakota||14||T7. Idaho||19|
|9. Northern Colorado||11||T7. Eastern Washington||19|
|10. Portland State||9||10. Montana||14|
|11. Idaho State||2||11. North Dakota||11|
|12. Southern Utah||0||12. Northern Colorado||2|
60: 7Q. Amari Jones 7.73; 11. Stephanie Blumm 7.79; 14. Amari Sperling 7.85.
400: 6Q. Joy Weems 57.48.
800: 7Q: Hannah Edwards 2:15.12; 8Q. Amanda Garcia 2:15.14; 13. Ashley Kittle 2:16.84.
60H: 4Q. Stephanie Blumm 8.75; 5Q. Olivia Leavitt 8.78; 7Q. Emilia Del Hoyo 8.85; 13. Kassandra Corrigan 9.02; 16. Carly Schulz 9.81.
DMR: 3. Sacramento State 12:05.34.
HJ: 1. Candice Dominguez 5-09.75; 2. Elizabeth Venzon 5-07.75.
LJ: 2. Emilia Del Hoyo 18-10.75; 5. Kassandra Corrigan 18-07.75; 8. Nirie Boglino 18-04.50; 14. Abby Taylor 17-07.50.
WT: 18. Tyhanna Cooper 49-11.25.
60: 3Q. Eric Adorno 6.87; 5Q. Michael Turner 6.88; 7Q. Bryan Cuellar 6.90.
200: 13. Adorno 22.24.
400: 14. Adam Huynh 50.47.
800: 10. Edwardo Vasquez 1:57.52.
60H: 5Q. Aric Walden 8.29; 11. Austin Tinsley 8.43; 13. Casey Wheeler 8.58; 17. Max Jette 8.86.
DMR: 7. Sacramento State 10:36.58.
HJ: 6. Daniel Onuoha 6-07.00; T9. Billy Eng 6-06.00; 13. Mohamed Abdullah 6-04.00.
PV: 4. Steven Pust 16-00.75; David Bean NH.
LJ: 2. Michael Turner 24-06.50; 3. Cory Barger 23-11.75; 11. Adrienne Jackson 21-01.50; 13. Alec Acevedo 21-01.50; 15. Gathunga Ndirangu 20-06.25.
WT: 6. James Kinloch 58-05.25; 9. Kyle Peterson 56-10.75.
HEPT: 3. Max Jette 4977; 8. Alec Acevedo 4655.