Track Team Qualifies More for the Big Sky Championships

The Weber State University indoor track teams competed in the Mountain State Games in Pocatello, Idaho last weekend.  Both the men’s and women’s teams had impressive showings and ultimately qualified more athletes for the conference championships.

The championships will be held later this month in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The Wildcat men and women qualified a total of nine new athletes for the fast-approaching Big Sky Conference Championships.  Seven of the new qualifiers were from the women’s squad.The WSU women also posted 20 seasonal bests in this meet.

Senior sprinter Kristin Billings set a career-best time in the 60-meter race by running it in 7.60 seconds.  Amanda Alston, a sophomore from South Ogden, was close second place with a time of 7.75. This time allowed her to advance to the conference championships.  The Wildcats won the 400 relay event with a time of 3 minutes, 48.12 seconds.

Amber Henry, who was named the Big Sky Women’s Track Athlete of the Week last week, also added to her many accomplishments this season by posting a time of 2:08.03 in the 800, which was good enough to win and rank as the fifth fastest indoor time in WSU’s history.

Amber Henry, a junior from Wyoming, is hopeful that all the team’s success will lead to a championship.

“We had a really good showing on the weekend,” Henry said. “We are coming together and making sure that we are trying our best and striving each practice to get as good as we possibly can. Everyone is very committed to their events. We hope to build off the momentum we have and eventually get a championship.”

Freshman from Colorado Elisa Isakson posted a mark of 11-3 3/4 in the pole vault event, which is the second-best height in school history.

The Wildcat men also continued to set records and post seasonal bests. Two men qualified for the championships, and 17 set seasonal bests.

Ryan Avery, a junior from Kaysville, finished first in the long jump event with a mark of 23 3/4, which converts to just over 7 meters.  Braden Perry was the other qualifier with a time of 8:39.23 in the 3,000 event.

The men’s team also won the 4X400 meter relay with a time of 3:19.42. Dustin Durfee, a sophomore from Grantsville, Utah, won the 400 invitational with a time of 49.05 seconds.

The Wildcats will look to improve on their performances this Friday on Feb. 10 in Bozeman, Mont., at the Montana State University Bozeman Running Co. Invitational.  After the Bozeman Invitational, the ‘Cats will make their way back home for their only tournament of the year in Ogden to compete in the Wildcat Open on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The Wildcat Open will be the final meet before the Big Sky Conference Championships on Feb. 24-25  in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held on March 9-10 in Boise, Idaho.