SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will return to Missoula, Mont., for the first time in over a decade as Montana will host the event on May 8-11. The first two days of the competition will include the heptathlon and decathlon while the main program gets underway on Friday and will conclude on Saturday.
Sacramento State will be well represented in the meet with 22 women and 16 men slated to compete over the four days. The Hornets should also be well-rested as the team has not competed in a meet since the Causeway Classic Dual at UC Davis on April 26. The Sacramento State women captured the team title at the Big Sky Indoor Championships in March and were tabbed to place second at the outdoor in the preseason poll. The Hornets and Northern Arizona each received 113 total points but the Lumberjacks were named the preseason favorites after receiving more first-place votes. The Sacramento State men were picked 10th in the preseason poll.
The Hornet men account for two of the top three scores in the decathlon during the regular season. Frederick Wagner V ranks second in the Big Sky with a total of 6,115 points at the Jim Click Shootout. He is directly followed by Andrew Stich who scored 6,024 points at the same meet. Both are chasing Portland State's Donte Robinson who's scored 6,697 points and is looking for his second Big Sky title in the decathlon.
In the heptathlon, Emilia Del Hoyo ranks third in the Big Sky with 5,015 points at the Jim Click Shootout. Del Hoyo finished second in the heptathlon last season to earn all-Big Sky honors. Idaho State could jump out an early lead in the team standings after the heptathlon as the duo of Ashley VanVleet Sturgis and Brianna VanVleet hold the top two spots in the league.
Shilah Bedingfield has established herself as the top sprinter in the Big Sky as she leads in the league in the 100, 200 and 400. Bedingfield has a wind-aided time of 11.58 in the 100 and is one of just two sprinters to run sub-11.75 regardless of conditions. However she will not run the event at the championship and instead focus on the 200, 400 and the relays. She is the only Big Sky woman to run under 24 seconds in the 200 with a wind-aided time of 23.12 and a legal mark of 23.36. Her trio is completed with a time of 53.50 in the 400 which is .39 seconds ahead of NAU's Jasmine Malone.
Mikayla Revera joins Bedingfield in being ranked among the top 10 in the Big Sky in all three events. Revera has bests of 12.02 in the 100 and 24.48 in the 200 which places her eighth in both events. She has also run 55.60 to rank fifth in the 400.
Brittany Patterson and Amari Jones are also in the top 10 in the league in the 100. Patterson ranks third in the league with a time of 11.76 while Jones is 10th at 12.11.
Sacramento State's lone male runner in the top 10 of the 100, 200 and 400 is Jabari Reynolds who is ninth in the 200 with a time of 21.69. Idaho State's Treyshon Malone holds at least a share of the top times in the 100 (10.47) and 200 (20.83). Southern Utah's Justin Lewis leads the Big Sky in the 400 after running an altitude adjusted time 47.13.
Amy Quinones enters the Big Sky Championship ranked fourth in both the 800 and 1500. Quinones' best 800 came at the Hornet Invitational where she ran 2:08.54. That time leaves her just over 2.5 seconds off the pace of conference leader Linnea Saltz of Southern Utah (2:05.82). In the 1500, Quinones ran 4:23.99 at the Bryan Clay Invitational. SUU's Sharlie Dimick leads the league with a best of 4:17.83.
Cagnei Duncan is 10th in the league in the 1500 with a best of 4:31.59 at the Bryan Clay Invitational.
Abraham Maldonado ranks sixth in the conference in the 800. Maldonado posted his best of 1:52.05 at the Hornet Invitational. George Espino of SUU leads the league in 1:47.58 while NAU's Geordie Beamish has run 3:39.15 to pace the 1500 runners.
Sacramento State does not have any student-athletes ranked among the top 10 in the league in the men's or women's 5K and 10K. Northern Arizona will look to do most of its scoring in the men's competition in the two races. NAU accounts for the top five times in the 5K and three best times in the 10K this year.
Angie Nickerson of Southern Utah leads the women in the 5K and 10K.
Sacramento State owns three of top eight times in the women's 100-hurdles. Del Hoyo is fifth overall in the Big Sky having run 14.15 in the event during the heptathlon of the Jim Click Shootout. She is directly followed by Cassidy Zurn (14.20) and Artearra Coffey who's tied for seventh with a wind-aided time of 14.23. All three will be chasing Weber State's Tawnie Moore who recently set the Big Sky record in the event by running 13.25.
Zurn is second in the conference in the 400-hurdles. The senior is one of just two women in the league to post a time under a minute in the event. Her best was 59.52 at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic. Weber State's Kate Sorensen owns an altitude-adjusted time of 57.95 which leads the league.
In the men's competition, Southern Utah's Devon Montgomery has the top times in the 110-hurdles (14.09) and 400-hurdles (51.86). Both times have been altitude adjusted.
The top times in the women's steeplechase belongs to Portland State's Sarah Medved (10:23.36) and Montana State's Duncan Hamilton (9:01.36).
The Hornet women lead the conference in the 4x100 and 4x400. The 4x100 team of Mikayla Revera, Shilah Bedingfield, Amari Jones and Brittany Patterson set the school record by running 45.13 to win the Causeway Classic Dual in their most recent action.
Cassidy Zurn, Bedingfield, Jasmin Correa and Revera posted a time of 3:43.21 at the Causeway which ranks ninth in program history.
The Sacramento State men rank seventh in the 4x100 with a best of 41.74 and fifth in the 4x400 (3:15.78). Idaho State leads the league in the 4x100 with an altitude-adjusted mark of 40.70. Northern Colorado owns the best 4x400 time in 3:11.04.
Sophomore Jevin Kitchen ranks third in the men's high jump and is less than inch out of second place. Kitchen cleared 6-feet, 8-inches at the Mondo Team Challenge for his season best. Daron Bland is tied for eighth with his PR of 6-06.00 at the same meet. Southern Utah's Frank Harris leads the Big Sky at 7-03.00 which is 6.25 inches ahead of the rest of the league.
In the women's high jump, Shelby Dozier is tied for fifth and Jade Cany is 10th. Dozier cleared 5-08.00 at the Mondo Team Challenge while Cany's bet of 5-06.00 came at the UC Riverside Spring Classic. Paige Van Meeteren of Weber State paces the league at 5-09.25.
Andrew Fowler is tied for ninth in the men's pole vault. Fowler was successful at 14-09.00 at the Hornet Invitational. Tessa Davis is tied for 10th in the women's pole vault at 11-09.75.
Eastern Washington has the top pole vaulters for both genders. Larry Still has cleared 17-06.50 while Elizabeth Prouty has been successful at 13-03.50.
Sacramento State has historically been able to separate himself from the rest of the field in the long and triple jumps at the Big Sky meet. Ryan Tennant and Brittany Patterson are both ranked among the top six in both the events. Tennant leads the Hornet men with along jump of 24-01.00 which places him sixth in the league. His best triple jump is 48-03.25 which ranks fourth in the Big Sky.
Patterson leads the Big Sky in the triple jump with a leap of 41-06.50 at the Mondo Team Challenge. She is the only female in the league to go over 40-feet this season. The sophomore is also third in the long jump at 20-00.50 which places her two inches behind Montana's Helena McLeod for the league lead.
The Hornet men also have two others ranked among the top six in the Big Sky in the triple jump. Adrienne Jackson is third after a jump of 48-11.00 at the Causeway Classic. Tegbir Jhutty opened the outdoor season with a triple jump of 47-09.00 at the Aggie Open. Both are trailing EWU's Keshun McGee who leads the league at 50-10.00 and is the only male to go over 50-feet.
Nashdah Mu'Min is third in the league in the women's triple jump. The junior owns a best of 39-09.75 from the Hornet Invitational. The Hornet women could also receive a boost from Del Hoyo who set her PR at last year's Big Sky outdoor champion in the event with a best of 41-02.50. Del Hoyo has not competed in the triple jump in 2019.
The Sacramento State hopes in the men's throwing events will lay in the hands of Kyle Peterson. The senior ranks second in the league in the discus, is fifth in the hammer and seventh in the shot put. Peterson will be hoping to make his second consecutive appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary in the discus. His best this year was 178-05 at the UC Riverside Spring Classic. His longest hammer throw of 196-03 at the Aggie Open and his best shot put was 54-10.25 from the Causeway Classic.
Conversely, the Hornets have four women ranked among the top 10 seven times in the throws. Jelaia Jones leads the group with a shot put of 49-11.25 at the Mondo Team Challenge which leads the league. The senior is one of just two Big Sky women to have a put over 49-feet this year. Jones is also fifth in the hammer with a best of 177-00.
Freshman Shantel Nnaji is second in the Big Sky in the discus. Nnaji set a PR at the Mondo Team Challenge with a long of 162-09 which places her third in school history. Her distance is less than two feet behind NAU's Matilde Roe who leads the league at 164-06.
Rhaven Dean and Morgan Jones are both in the top 10 in the shot put and hammer. Dean is sixth in both events with longs of 46-00.50 in the shot put and 171-06 in the hammer. Morgan Jones ranks seventh in the hammer in 171-05 and is eighth in the shot put (45-09.75).
Sacramento State Entries
100: Brittany Patterson, Amari Jones, Meaghan Rogers
200: Mikayla Revera, Amari Jones, Shilah Bedingfield
400: Mikayla Revera, Shilah Bedingfield
800: Amy Quinones
1500: Cagnei Duncan, Amy Quinones
5K: Cagnei Duncan
100H: Cassidy Zurn, Artearra Coffey, Chloe Lindbo, Emilia Del Hoyo
400H: Artearra Coffey, Cassidy Zurn
4x100: Mikayla Revera, Shilah Bedingfield, Amari Jones, Brittany Patterson
4x400: Cassidy Zurn, Shilah Bedingfield, Jasmin Correa, Mikayla Revera
HJ: Shelby Dozier, Jade Cany
PV: Tessa Davis
LJ: Brittany Patterson, Emilia Del Hoyo
TJ: Emilia Del Hoyo, Brittany Patterson, Nashedah Mu'Min
SP: Shantel Nnaji, Claire Walton, Rhaven Dean, Jelaia Jones, Morgan Jones
DIS: Jelaia Jones, Shantel Nnaji
HAM: Claire Walton, Morgan Jones, Jelaia Jones, Rhaven Dean
HEPT:Emilia Del Hoyo, Chloe Lindbo
100: Daron Bland, Calvin Spellman
200: Jabari Reynolds, Clinton Spellman, Jose Rodriguez
400: Jabari Reynolds, Jose Rodriguez
800: Zach Blackwood, Abraham Maldonado, Elijah Changco
400H: Andrew Stich
4x100: Jose Rodriguez, Clinton Spellman, Ryan Tennant, Daron Bland
4x400: Jose Rodriguez, Clinton Spellman, Frederick Wagner V, Jabari Reynolds
HJ: Daron Bland, Jevin Kitchen
PV: Quan Phun
LJ: Adrienne Jackson, Tegbir Jhutty, Ryan Tennant, Daron Bland
TJ: Daron Bland, Tegbir Jhutty, Adrienne Jackson, Ryan Tennant
SP: Kyle Peterson
DIS: Kyle Peterson
HAM: Kyle Peterson
DEC: Andrew Stich, Frederick Wagner V