WOMEN SELECTED SECOND, MEN FOURTH IN BIG SKY PRESEASON INDOOR TRACK & FIELD POLL

WOMEN SELECTED SECOND, MEN FOURTH IN BIG SKY PRESEASON INDOOR TRACK & FIELD POLL

OGDEN, Utah — The Sacramento State women were picked to finish second and the men fourth in the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track & Field preseason poll. The poll was conducted with a vote of the 11 head coaches in the league.

The Hornet women garnered 100 points to edge Weber State (97) for second place in the poll. Both teams trailed defending champion Northern Arizona which was a unanimous selection to finish first. The gap between fourth and sixth place was separated by just five points. Southern Utah was selected fourth with 72 points and was followed by Montana State (68) and Eastern Washington (67).

NAU also received all 11 first-place votes in the men's poll. Southern Utah took second with 105 and were followed by Montana State (87), Sacramento State (85) and Weber State (83) in the top five.

Sacramento State will be the last team in the Big Sky to begin its indoor season as the Hornets will not open competition until Jan. 18-19 at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev., and the Bronco Invitational in Boise, Idaho. The Big Sky Championships will take place just over a month later in Bozeman, Mont., on Feb. 21-23.

The top three spots in the women's poll and top five in the men's poll are carbon copies of last season's results at the indoor championships. The Hornets return nine student-athletes who recorded top five finishes a year ago at the Big Sky Indoor Championships. The women were guided by senior Emilia Del Hoyo who was second in the triple jump, third in the pentathlon, fourth in the long jump and also added a sixth-place finish in the 60-hurdles. Sophomore Brittany Patterson was the Big Sky champion in the triple jump and Morgan Jones was third in the weight throw and fifth in the shot put. Amy Quinones, Denise Reis and Mikayla Revera all return from the distance medley relay team which finished in second place.

The men's roster features defending champion Kyle Peterson in the weight throw. Peterson, who will be a senior in 2019, was also fifth in the shot put. Frederick Wagner V finished fifth in the heptathlon and Alec Foster was fifth in the 400.

Sacramento State will have new leadership in 2019 as Kenny McDaniel took over as the Director of Track & Field Cross Country. McDaniel had been an assistant coach at Northern Arizona from 2011-17 before becoming the head coach at Ottowa University of Arizona in 2018. He was joined by returning assistant coach Kim Graham-Miller (sprints) and added Aaron Braun (distance), Carl Caughell (jumps) and Kyle Lillie (throws).

2019 BIG SKY CONFERENCE PRESEASON INDOOR TRACK & FIELD POLLS  
WOMEN     MEN  
1. Northern Arizona (11) 121          1. Northern Arizona (11) 121
2. SACRAMENTO STATE 100   2. Southern Utah 105
3. Weber State 97   3. Montana State 87
4. Southern Utah 72   4. SACRAMENTO STATE 85
5. Montana State 68   5. Weber State 83
6. Eastern Washington 67   T6. Eastern Washington 58
7. Montana 58   T6. Idaho 58
8. Northern Coloradi 41   8. Montana 41
9. Idaho 38   9. Idaho State 38
10. Idaho State 31   10. Portland State 26
11. Portland State 19   11. Northern Colorado 24