JONES, DEL HOYO, ARMSTEAD WIN INDIVIDUAL EVENTS; WOMEN FINISH SECOND, MEN FIFTH AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

JONES, DEL HOYO, ARMSTEAD WIN INDIVIDUAL EVENTS; WOMEN FINISH SECOND, MEN FIFTH AT BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS

MOSCOW, Idaho — Led by individual victories from Jelaia Jones and Emilia Del Hoyo and 10 all-Big Sky Conference performances, the Sacramento State women's track and field team finished in second place at the Big Sky Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the University of Idaho. The Hornet men finished in fifth place.

Northern Arizona finished first in both the men's and women's team standings. The Lumberjack men totaled 131 points to hold off Southern Utah (122) and Montana State (119). The remainder of the top five was completed by Eastern Washington (92) and Sacramento State (85). NAU separated itself from the pack with a combined 41 points in the 200 and 400 as well as wins in both relays to finish with 128 points. Sacramento State recorded 113 while Weber State was third at 88.5.

Selected Hornet athletes will next compete at the NCAA West Preliminary at Hornet Stadium on May 24-26. The top 48 marks in the NCAA West Region as well as the best 24 relay teams qualify to compete in the meet. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

WOMEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS

Jelaia Jones picked up the first Big Sky outdoor title for the team as she finished first in the shot put. Jones trailed North Dakota's Katelyn Weber through the first five rounds but took the lead on her final attempt with a put of 48-03.25. She finished nearly three inches beyond Weber to earn her first conference title.

• The Hornets dominated the triple jump, claiming the top four spots and five of the top eight. The group combined for 30 points and vaulted the team into the lead. Emilia Del Hoyo, who had already finished second in the heptathlon, earned the top spot with a career best of 41-02.50. Del Hoyo's previous best was 38-06.00 and she now ranks fourth in school history. It also draws her into a tie for 32nd in the NCAA West Region prior to this weekend's competition.

• Brittany Patterson, Nashedah Mu'Min and Nirie Boglino finished 2-3-4, respectively. Patterson, who had led the Big Sky for most of the season, jumped 41-00.25. Mu'Min had a long of 39-08.75 and Boglino recorded her second best jump of the year at 39-05.00. Tia Cooke completed the scorers with a PR of 38-07.00 to finish eighth.

Danielle Brandon wrapped her her outstanding Big Sky career by earning her sixth all-Big Sky honor in the pole vault. Brandon matched North Dakota's Kyley Foster a top the leaderboard as each cleared 13-00.25. However, Foster was awarded the victory based on the fact that she needed fewer attempts and Brandon finished second for the second year in a row. The senior's height was her best mark this year.

MEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS

Darius Armstead defended his title in the triple jump and led three Hornets who scored points. Armstead led after the first round with a jump of 50-06.00. That distance held until Keshun McGee of Eastern Washington jumped 51-06.25 in the first round of the finals. Armstead took back control with a leap of 51-08.25 and that distance held for the remainder of the competition. Jah Strange finished in third place with a best of 49-06.25 and Adrienne Jackson was seventh with a career best of 48-01.25.

• Kyle Peterson scored in two more events with a pair of fourth-place finishes. Peterson threw the hammer 180-04 and had a discus throw of 172-08.

• Freshmen Jevin Kitchen and Daron Bland worked their way into the top eight of the high jump. Kitchen crushed his PR after clearing 6-08.75 to finish in fifth place. That height was 1.75 inches above his previous best. Bland cleared 6-06.25 which was also a career best. His previous his was 6-04.00.

WOMEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS

• Freshman Shilah Bedingfield earned all-Big Sky honors in four events. She ran the opening leg of the 4x100 relay team which placed second in 45.93. That time was a season best for the Hornets and is tied for the ninth fastest in school history. Bedingfield then placed third in the 400 in 54.32 and was second in the 200 in 23.76. Bedingfield ran the second leg on the 4x400 relay team which finished in 3:44.96.

• Sacramento State had three scorers in the 400-hurdles led by Carly Schulz who placed third in 59.74 to earn all-Big Sky honors. Cassidy Zurn was one spot back after running 1:01.09 and Angelica Cusworth finished in seventh place in 1:02.16. Schulz also scored for the team in the 100-hurdles after placing eighth.

• Patterson added two points to the team total following a seventh-place showing in the 100. The freshman ran a wind-aided time of 12.04.

MEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS

• The men's 4x400 relay team closed the meet for the Hornets by running a season best 3:12.66. The team of Frederick Wagner V, Calvin Spellman, Clinton Spellman and Alec Foster are now ninth in school history and were just .39 seconds off the winning time in the meet.

Andre Lindsey finished third in the 110-hurdles. Lindsey had the fastest time on Thursday in the qualifying round and battled with NAU's Khalil Dorsey in the middle lanes. However, Idaho State freshman Tanner Conner came from the outside lane to win in 14.01. Dorsey ran 14.12 and Lindsey was one-hundredth of a second behind in 14.13.

Alec Foster, who ran the anchor leg on the 4x400, placed fourth in the open 400. The sophomore finished with a career best time of 47.50 to move into 10th place in school history. Foster's previous low of 47.68 came earlier this season at the Beach Invitational.

Clinton Spellman finished seventh in the 100 in his first Big Sky Outdoor Championship. Spellman ran a wind-aided time of 10.78.

WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS     MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS  
1. Northern Arizona 128   1. Northern Arizona 131
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 113   2. Southern Utah 122
3. Weber State 88.5   3. Montana State 119
4. Montana State 77   4. Eastern Washington 92
5. North Dakota 75   5. SACRAMENTO STATE 85
6. Eastern Washington 61   6. Weber State 63
7. Southern Utah 59   7. North Dakota 50
8. Northern Colorado 56   8. Northern Colorado 37
9. Idaho State 52   9. Montana 36
10. Montana 40   10. Idaho 34
11. Portland State 38.5   11. Portland State 25
12. Idaho 29   12. Idaho State 24



Women's Results
100: 1. Rebeca Tarbert, EWU, 11.64; 7. Brittany Patterson 12.04.
200: 1. Jasmine Malone, NAU, 23.52; 2. Shilah Bedingfield 23.76.
400: 1. Jasmine Malone, NAU, 52.79; 3. Shilah Bedingfield 54.32.
800: 1. Carly Smiedala, UM, 2:07.66.
1500: 1. Sharlie Dimick, SUU, 4:27.61; Amy Quinones 4:38.31.
5K: 1. Kelsi Lasota, MSU, 16:36.97; 18. Gracie Albano 17:29.48; 29. Cagnei Duncan 18:22.43.
100H: 1. Amanda Jaynes, MSU, 13.66; 8. Carly Schulz 16.62.
400H: 1. Amanda Jaynes, MSU, 58.27; 3. Carly Schulz 59.74; 4. Cassidy Zurn 1:01.09; 7. Angelica Cusworth 1:02.16.
4x100: 1. Northern Arizona 45.76; 2. Sacramento State 45.93.
4x400: 1. Northern Arizona 3:40.71; 2. Sacramento State 3:44.96.
PV: 1. Kyley Foster, UND, 13-00.25; 2. Danielle Brandon 13-00.25; 11. Tessa Davis 11-08.50.
TJ: 1. Emilia Del Hoyo, SAC, 41-02.50; 2. Brittany Patterson 41-00.25; 3. Nashedah Mu'Min 39-08.75; 4. Nirie Boglino 39-05.00; 8. Tia Cooke 38-07.00; 15. Lauren Wong 37-00.50.
SP: 1. Jelaia Jones, SAC, 48-03.25; 8. Morgan Jones 45-09.00; 18. Rhaven Dean 38-11.00; Kathleen Durand Foul.
JAV: 1. Anna Gardom, ISU, 160-03; 10. Julia Grimm 135-03; 12. Rhaven Dean 129-09; 20. Selena Cisneros-Haefke 114-01.

Men's Results
100: 1. Tre James, SUU, 10.19; 7. Clinton Spellman 10.78.
200: 1. Tre James, SUU, 20.57.
400: 1. Alex Wesley, UNC, 46.22; 4. Alec Foster 47.50.
800: 1. George Espino, SUU, 1:52.08.
1500: 1. Andy Trouard, NAU, 3:49.22.
5K: 1. Tyler Day 14:08.16; 12. Elijah Changco 15:07.68; 39. Tyler Sickler 15:41.62; 43. Aidan Schraer 15:52.07; 46. Tre Lockwood 16:06.70.
110H: 1. Tanner Conner, ISU, 14.01; 3. Andre Lindsey 14.13.
400H: 1. Drake Schneider, MSU, 52.57.
4x100: 1. Eastern Washington 40.39; 5. Sacramento State 41.52.
4x400: 1. Montana State 3:12.27; 2. Sacramento State 3:12.66.
HJ: 1. Nolan Hovland, UND, 7-00.25; 5. Jevin Kitchen 6-08.75; 8. Daron Bland 6-06.25; Mohamed Abdullah NH.
TJ: 1. Darius Armstead, SAC, 51-08.25; 3. Jah Strange 49-06.25; 7. Adrienne Jackson 48-01.25; 11. Gathunga Ndirangu 46-04.25.
DIS: 1. Kyle Douglass, MSU, 192-05; 4. Kyle Peterson 172-08.
HAM: 1. Calvin Root, MSU, 197-04; 4. Kyle Peterson 180-04.