TRACK & FIELD STARTS BIG SKY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THURSDAY

TRACK & FIELD STARTS BIG SKY INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THURSDAY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The 2019 indoor track & field season will come to a pinnacle this weekend as Sacramento State heads to Bozeman, Mont., for the Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships. The meet will begin on Thursday, Feb. 21, with the pentathlon and the opening day of the heptathlon. The main program of the meet will run on Friday and Saturday.

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The Hornets will be represented by 20 women and 15 men who will combine for 59 entries into the meet. Sacramento State currently has 15 individual and relay marks which rank among the top five in the Big Sky this year.

On the first day of competition, Emilia Del Hoyo and Chloe Lindbo will take part in the pentathlon and Andrew Fowler, Andrew Stich and Frederick Wagner V will compete in the heptathlon. Del Hoyo is currently second in the Big Sky in the pentathlon with a best of 3,717 set at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic at the start of the month. Stich is fifth in the conference in the heptathlon after scoring 4,833 points at the same meet.

Del Hoyo will also compete in the open 60-hurdles and long jump. Her time of 8.66 in the 60-hurdles is tied for the best in the Big Sky this season. She will be joined in the event by Artearra Coffey and Angelica Cuwsorth.

Shilah Bedingfield and Denise Reis also rank among the top five in the Big Sky in their respective events. Bedingfield is second in the 200 and fourth in the 400. She opened the indoor season by running 24.29 at the Ed Jacoby Invitational in the 200 and set her best of 55.53 in the 400 at the UW Invitational. Reis ranks fifth in the 800 having run 2:11.46 at the UW Invitational.

"This is the best part of indoor season and the only time we get to match up with all the schools in the Big Sky," assistant coach Kim Graham-Miller said. "We have put together our best team and we are looking forward to coming out on top."

The Hornet distance contingent will be comprised of Reis, Amy Quinones and Cagnei Duncan. Quinones will double in the mile and 3K. Reis will add the 3K to her 800 and Duncan will run the mile. The trio will later be joined by Jasmin Correa to make up the school's entry in the distance medley relay.

"We're excited to be sending a small group of distance runners to compete in the Big Sky Indoor Track & Field Championships alongside their Hornet teammates," assistant coach Aaron Braun said. "On the men's side we'll have Abraham Maldonado, Zach Blackwood and Elijah Changco as well as Jose Rodriguez from the sprint squad focused on the DMR. The program last scored points in the men's DMR in 2016, these men are focused on doing so again in this year's meet. On the women's side, Amy and Denise, who is running in her last meet as a Hornet, return from last year's DMR team which finished second. They will be joined by Cagnei and Jasmin from the sprint squad and hope to compete for a conference title in the event this year.  We anticipate a close battle and they will all be looking to add some crucial points for the team."

Sacramento State will again have several entries in the jumps. Ryan Tennant, Adrienne Jackson and Tegbir Jhutty will all double in the long jump and triple jump. Daron Bland will compete in the long jump and high jump as well as the 60 and Jevin Kitchen is entered in the high jump. Tennant is fourth in the Big Sky in the triple jump with a mark of 48-06.00 from the Ed Jacoby Invitational. That distance is also the best by a freshman in the league this season.

Del Hoyo and Brittany Patterson will represent the women in the long jump. Patterson, Nashedah Mu'Min and Jade Cany will take part in the triple jump and Cany and Shelby Dozier are entered in the high jump. Sacramento State would accumulate a large number of points in the triple jump as both Patterson and Mu'Min are ranked among the top five. Patterson in the lone female to go past 40-feet this year in the triple, finishing with a best of 40-08.25 at the Ed Jacoby Invitational. That distance leaves her 13.75 inches ahead of the second mark in the Big Sky. Mu'Min is fifth in the event at 38-01.75 also from the Ed Jacoby Invitational.

Kyle Peterson is the lone thrower for the Hornet men. Peterson will compete on both the shot put and weight throw. He is currently fifth in the weight throw having thrown 60-01.00 at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic. Morgan Jones and Jelaia Jones will double in the two throwing events for the women. Jelaia Jones is second in the shot put with a best of 49-06.50 at the UW Invitational. She is only 1.75 inches shy of Weber State's Sophie Merritt who leads the league. Morgan Jones is third in the weight throw with a long of 59-01.25 from the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

"In the Big Sky Championship the throwers will make a big impact," assistant coach Kyle Lille said. "Kyle comes in as the returning Big Sky champion in the weight throw. Jelaia comes in ranked second in the shot put and is extremely close to breaking the indoor school shot put record. Morgan is ranked third in the weight throw. All three are primed and ready to make big splash in the Big Sky."

The Sacramento State women were picked to finish second in the Big Sky preseason poll while the men were tabbed to place seventh. Northern Arizona was the unanimous selection for both genders.

SACRAMENTO STATE ENTRIES
WOMEN
Shilah Bedingfield - 200/400/4x400
Jade Cany - HJ/TJ
Artearra Coffey - 60H/LJ/PENT
Jasmin Correa - 4x400/DMR
Angelica Cusworth - 60/60H
Tessa Davis - PV
Emilia Del Hoyo - 60H/LJ/PENT
Shelby Dozier - HJ
Cagnei Duncan - Mile/DMR
Amari Jones - 60/200
Jelaia Jones - SP/WT
Morgan Jones - SP/WT
Chloe Lindbo - PENT
Nashedah Mu'Min - TJ
Brittany Patterson - 60/LJ/TJ
Amy Quinones - Mile/3K/DMR
Denise Reis - 800/3K/DMR
Mikayla Revera - 200/400/4x400
Meaghan Rogers - 60/200
Cassidy Zurn - 200/400/4x400

MEN
Zach Blackwood - DMR
Daron Bland - 60/LJ/TJ
Elijah Changco - DMR
Andrew Fowler - PV/HEPT
Adrienne Jackson - LJ/TJ
Tegbir Jhutty - LJ/TJ
Jevin Kitchen - HJ
Abraham Maldonado - DMR
Isaiah Marable - 400/4x400
Kyle Peterson - SP/WT
Jose Rodriguez - 4x400/DMR
Calvin Spellman - 200/400/4x400
Andrew Stich - HEPT
Ryan Tennant - LJ/TJ
Frederick Wagner V - 4x400/HEPT