Feb. 2, 2012
SAN DIEGO -
The San Diego State track and field team looks to continue its early season success on Saturday when it competes in the NAU Open in Flagstaff, Ariz.
The Aztecs are coming off a second-place finish at the Air Force Team Challenge, despite not having a team in the 4x400-meter relay or in the mid-distance or distance events. Over its two week of competitions, SDSU has had seven individual first-place finishes, broken three school records and have had two athletes win the Mountain West Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award.
Sophomore Shanieka Thomas and senior Whitney Ashley have led the way so far for San Diego State this season. Thomas, the Jan. 24 MW athlete of the week, ranks second in the nation and first in the conference in the triple jump with a leap of 43-03.25, set in the season opener in Nampa, Idaho on Jan. 21. Thomas is also third in the MW in the long jump and 30th nationally in 19-09.75.
Ashley, who earned her first MW athlete of the week award on Tuesday, has the ninth-best shot put in the country and tops in the conference with a toss of 54-06.75, set last weekend at the AFA Team Challenge. Additionally, Ashley is fourth in the MW and 42nd in the nation in the weight throw (61-07.00).
Three other Aztecs are ranked among the top 10 in the league in multiple events, including Alex Evans, Allison Reaser and Jasmine Burrell. Evans is tied for second in the triple jump (40-00.75), fifth in the long jump (18-09.75) and seventh in the 60-meter hurdles (8.89 seconds), Reaser is second in the 60 hurdles (8.59) and eighth in the 400 (57.25), and Burrell is fifth in the shot put (48-06.00) and seventh in the weight throw (59-11.25).
Junior Kelsy Hintz, the defending MW outdoor track and field champion in the pole vault, ranks in a tie for second in the event with a clear of 12-09.50. Sophomore Maderia Toatley also ranks in a tie for second, but in the 200 (24.62), while Carrington Mahr (high jump, 5-05.00), Heather Arseneau (pole vault, 12-01.50) and Ellie Fanaika (weight throw, 57-07.00) are tied for sixth, tied for seventh and 10th in their respective events.
Saturday's meet gets underway at 9 a.m. MT with the pole vault and the weight throw, and concludes (for the women) at 3 p.m. MT with the 4x400-meter relay.