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SURPRISING UTAH STATE TAKES LEAD ON DAY 1 OF BIG WEST TRACK MEET

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Utah State stunned its conference rivals to take the lead after the first day of the Big West Track and Field Championships at Partridge Field.

The Aggies won four of Friday's six finals and got a number of other places to end Friday's competition with 65 points.Fresno State, which is in second with 59, is still the heavy favorite and is expected to use its depth in today's finals to win the meet.

"We have a chance to be second for the first-time ever," said assistant athletic director Craig Hislop. The Aggies finished fourth in last year's Big West meet and third in the 1985 one. This is Gregg Gensel's second year as head coach.

Last year's conference athlete of the year, Craig Carter, led the way for the Aggies again Friday.

Carter, a junior from Clearfield, won the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 211-feet 8 inches. He then placed second in the event the Aggies used to catapult them to the top - the discus. They took the top three places as Roger Daley won with a lifetime-best toss of 178-6; Carter followed at 174-7; and Sean Helgesen was third.

In the steeplechase, Brett Hill, from Malad, Idaho, won in a photo finish in a time of 8:56.10. Teammate Deron Scott, also from Malad, was third.

The fourth first-place came in the long jump where Erin Sullivan leaped 24-2.

Hislop said the Aggies should battle UC Irvine for second. Irvine had 31 points after Friday. In fourth was UCSB with 10 followed by Cal State Fullerton with 6 and Long Beach State with 2.