SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's team completed its quest for the 2017 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday at Hornet Stadium. The men used a big scoring effort in the triple jump to move to the top of the team standings and then followed that effort with a season-best in the 4x400 relay to claim the third Big Sky men's outdoor title in school history.
The Hornets finished with 131.2 points and had the team title secured before the start of the 4x400 relay. Sacramento State scored 21 points in the triple jump with individuals placing first, third and fourth. The team was followed by Southern Utah which rallied behind its distance runners to score 119 points. Weber State was third with 115 and Northern Arizona was fourth at 97.6.
The Sacramento State women finished third overall with 107 points. Northern Arizona defended its outdoor title with 125 points. Montana State was second with 116 while Weber State was fourth at 99 and Montana State fifth with 93.
"It's been a long journey for the men's team," Sacramento State Director of Track & Field Jeff Magley. "We set up this scenario a couple of years ago to have a chance to win it on our home turf with some fifth-year seniors. You look out there and guys like Aric Walden, Michael Turner and Steven Pust and my hat's off to that group of leaders who saw a vision and pulled together to make it happen.
"You can never point to one person or one event in this sport, but you can't discount our decathletes who started the week with huge points. Also, Michael Turner said 'I'm going to put myself out there for my team and I don't care if I can walk next week' and he came through."
Turner was one of four men who earned the Most Outstanding Male Athlete of the Meet. He scored 20 points over the last two days with a win in the long jump, a third-place finish in the 200 and a fifth-place finish in the 100. He was also part of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays teams which earned top four finishes. Turner shared the award with Weber State's Alex Reece (100, 200) and Southern Utah's Mike Tate (5K, 10K) and Kasey Knevelbaard (800, 1500).
"They told us three years ago that we were going to be hosting and I've been dreaming about it ever since," Turner said. "There's been some ups and downs but it all worked out. I just went into every event living in the present. Your marks coming in don't matter and it's what you do at the meet that matters. You just have to put yourself out here and give a 100 percent and you won't be disappointed."
The Most Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet was North Dakota's Molli Detloff who won the discus, placed second in the hammer and was fifth in the shot put. The Male Outstanding Performance belonged to Northern Arizona's Adam Keenan who threw 230-03 to win the hammer. Montana's Hana Feilzer had a mark of 206-03 in the hammer to earn the Female Outstanding Performance award.
Men's Track Highlights
Turner posted his fastest times of the season in the 100 and 200. The senior ran 10.55 to finish fifth in the 100. That mark would've set his career best but was wind-aided at 3.8 meters per second. He came back to run 21.40 in the 200 which left him just two-thousandths of a second off the school top 10 list.
Freshman Alec Foster provided four points after placing fifth in the 400 with a time of 48.07.
The team's comeback began in the 110-hurdles where Andre Lindsey and Aric Walden had the challenge of living up to their top seeds in the event. The pair withstood a charge from Idaho's Ben Doucette and pulled away over the last hurdle. Lindsey was able to outlean Walden at the line where he finished with a time of 14.05. That mark moved him fifth in school history and ranks 47th nationally in the event. Walden posted a season best tim e of 14.11 and is now tied for 60th in NCAA Div. I. The victory was 10th by Sacramento State at the Big Sky Championships since 1999. Lindsey joins Paul Lyons (three times), Ronald Brookins (four times) and Tony Galaviz (two times) as Hornets who've won the event.
Andrew Stich placed fifth in the 400-hurdles after running 54.34 to four points.
The 4x400 relay team of Alec Acevedo, Eric Adorno, Turner and Foster ran a season best of 3:13.65 to finish second behind Southern Utah (3:12.42). The Hornets were listed as third at the conclusion of the meet but Northern Arizona was disqualified for stepping on the line during their first leg. The 4x100 team of Lindsey, Turner, Chris Ilio and Adorno were fourth in 41.39.
Women's Track Highlights
Amari Jones ran a season best 12.03 to place seventh in the 100 and earn two points towards the team total.
Senior Joy Weems was sixth in the 400 after running 55.57.
A day after setting career bests in the qualifying rounds of the 800, Denise Reis and Ashley Kittle placed fifth and sixth. Reis ran 2:11.62 while Kittle had a time of 2:12.01.
Haley Heinemann posted a career best of 17:44.07 in the 5K but did not score for the team.
The team had three scorers in both the 100- and 400-hurdles. Kristen Robinson led the trio in the 100H by running a wind-aided time of 14.05 to place fourth. Artearra Coffey was fifth in 14.28 and Kassandra Corrigan was sixth in 14.29.
Cassidy Zurn earned all-Big Sky honors in the 400H by placing third in 1:00.34. Carly Schulz was fifth in 1:00.61 and Angelica Cusworth ranked seventh with a time of 1:02.00.
The 4x100 relay team set a season best and placed second in the meet in 46.84. The team was comprised of Robinson, Jones, Schulz and Weems.
The Hornets were third in the 4x400 behind the effort of Zurn, Corrigan, Schulz and Weems. The quartet ran 3:41.76 which moved them into third place in school history.
Men's Field Highlights
The first field event of the day was the high jump where sophomore Daniel Onuoha earned all-Big Sky honors by placing third with a season best of 6-09.75. That performance came a year after Onuoha finished first at last year's conference outdoor meet. Mohamed Abdullah tied for eighth place by clearing 6-04.25 to split a point.
Steven Pust and Max Jette added to the total by both scoring in the pole vault. Pust was second with a best of 15-08.25. Jette, who won the decathlon on Thursday, finished sixth at 15-00.25. Both marks were season bests.
Andrew Stich scored for the third time in the meet (decathlon, 400H, javelin) by placing eighth in the javelin with a career best of 189-04.
The big swing came in the triple jump where the Hornets compiled 21 points. Darius Armstead, who's lead the Big Sky since the start of the outdoor season, jumped 51-07.25 to win his first outdoor title. Freshman Jah Strange used a career best of 50-04.00 to place third overall and move into fourth place in school history. Abdullah was fourth at 49-01.00.
Women's Field Highlights
Nirie Boglino placed third in the triple jump with a mark of 39-05.75.
Kathleen Durand earned a team point by placing eighth in the discus after throwing 143-06. Jelaia Jones had a season best of 133-07 but finished 16th overall.
Big Sky Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Men's Team Standings
1. Sacramento State - 131.2
2. Southern Utah - 119
3. Weber State - 115
4. Northern Arizona - 97.6
5. Montana State - 87.2
6. Idaho - 77
7. Montana - 64
8. Idaho State - 42
9. North Dakota - 33
10. Portland State - 22
11. Northern Colorado - 15
12. Eastern Washington - 14
Women's Team Standings
1. Northern Arizona - 125
2. Montana - 116
3. Sacramento State - 107
4. Weber State - 99
5. Montana State - 93
6. North Dakota - 63
7. Idaho - 49
8. Eastern Washington - 44
9. Northern Colorado - 43
10. Portland State - 39
11. Idaho State - 25
12. Southern Utah - 16
100 : 1. Alex Reece, WSU, 10.21; 5. Michael Turner 10.55.
200: 1. Alex Reece, WSU, 20.87; 3. Michael Turner 21.40.
400: 1. Kaizer Gillispie. UI, 46.52; 5. Alec Foster 48.07.
800: 1. Kasey Knevelbaard, SUU, 1:49.30.
1500: 1. Kasey Knevelbaard, SUU, 3:47.42; 18. Aidan Schraer 4:01.27.
5K: 1. Mike Tate, SUU, 14:12.58; 21. Elijah Changco 15:11.91.
110H: 1. Andre Lindsey, SAC, 14.05; 2. Aric Walden 14.11.
400H: 1. Mack Baxter, UI, 52.64; 5. Andrew Stich 54.34.
4x100: 1. Northern Arizona 40.49; 4. Sacramento State 41.39.
4x400: 1. Southern Utah 3:12.43; 2. Sacramento State 3:13.65.
HJ: 1. Anthony Gregory, WSU, 6-11.00; 3. Daniel Onuoha 6-09.75; T8. Mohamed Abdullah 6-04.25; 19. Darius Armstead 6-02.25; Alec Acevedo NH.
PV: 1. Steven Wacker, ISU, 15-10.00; 2. Steven Pust 15-08.25; 6. Max Jette 15-00.25; Trevor Hubby NH.
TJ: 1. Darius Armstead, SAC, 51-07.25; 3. Jah Strange 50-04.00; 4. Mohamed Abdullah 49-01.00; 13. Gathunga Ndirangu 44-07.00; 17. Dylan Barger 43-06.00.
SP: 1. Kyle Douglass, MSU, 58-08.75; 12. Kyle Peterson 50-00.00; 14. Anthony Santiago 49-06.25.
JAV: 1. Daniel Jones, UM, 215-08; 8. Andrew Stich 189-04; 11. Trevor Hubby 180-05.
100: 1. Genna Settle, PSU, 11.48; 7. Amari Jones 12.03.
200: 1. Genna Settle, PSU, 23.72.
400: 1. Jasmine Malone, NAU, 53.63; 6. Joy Weems 55.57.
800: 1. Maggie Carruth, NAU, 2:07.38; 5. Denise Reis 2:11.62; 6. Ashley Kittle 2:12.01.
1500: 1. Jamie Stokes, WSU, 4:19.51.
5K: 1. Alussa Snyder, MSU, 16:32.56; 19. Haley Heinemann 17:44.07.
100H: 1. Tawnie Moore, WSU, 13.37; 4. Kristen Robinson 14.05; 5. Artearra Coffey 14.28; 6. Kassandra Corrigan 14.29.
400H: 1. Amanda Jaynes, MUS, 58.16; 3. Cassidy Zurn 1:00.34; 5. Carly Schulz 1:00.61; 7. Angelica Cusworth 1:02.00.
4x100: 1. Northern Arizona 48.66; 2. Sacramento State 46.84.
4x400: 1. Northern Arizona 3:39.52; 3. Sacramento State 3:41.76.
TJ: 1. Samantha Evans, UM, 42-01.25; 3. Nirie Boglino 39-05.75; 13. Candice Dominguez 36-03.50.
DIS: 1. Molli Detloff, UND, 1689-09; 8. Kathleen Durand 143-06; 10. Lauren Kinloch 140-05; 16. Jelaia Jones 133-07; 22. Morgan Jones 123-11.
HAM: 1. Hana Feilzer, UM, 206-03; 12. Tyhana Cooper 164-00; 14. Kathleen Durand 160-07; 18. Jelaia Jones 149-04; 19. Morgan Jones 149-01; 21. Selena Cisneros-Haefke 143-04; Lauren Kinloch Foul.