INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Weber State's women are third (31 points) and the men are sixth (12 points) after the first day of the Big Sky Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships being held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.
Sacramento State scored 57 first-day points to lead the women's portion. Montana is second with 35. Montana State's men lead after the first day of competition with 54 points. Defending champion Northern Arizona is second with 52 and Idaho State is third with 27.
The Wildcats got 18 of their 31 points in the finals of the women's 5,000 meters, where Natalie Haws (sophomore, Kaysville, Utah) and Sarah Callister (freshman, Ogden, Utah) went 1-2. Haws' time of 17:00.61 is a personal best and is the fifth-fastest time in Weber State school history. Callister's time of 17:11.94 is also a career best and is the seventh-fastest time in school history.
Michaela North (senior, Kennewick, Wash.) placed fifth in the women's pentathlon with a career-best of 3,440 points. Her previous best was 3,217. That is the fourth-best point total in WSU school history.
North then finished fourth in the open long jump with a career-best leap of 19-63/4. That is the second-best leap in school history and just 11/2 inches from the school record of 19-8 set by Elizabeth Kealamakia in 1992. North also qualified for the open 55-meter hurdles in a time of 8.18. Her career-best time is 8.08.
Also qualifying for finals on Saturday were: Floreece Williams (sophomore, North Las Vegas, Nevada) in the 55 meters (7.17), Ally Dean (senior, South Ogden, Utah) in the 200 meters (24.86) along with Kristin Billings (sophomore, Kaysvile, Utah) in 25.33.
Dean also qualified in the 400 meters (55.35) along with Camille Lott (junior, Kaysville, Utah) in 56.89 and Jerica Wilson (freshman, Ogden, Utah) in 57.12. Coach Jim Blaisdell will be looking at the 800 meters for points today with Amber Henry (freshman, Mountain View, Wyo., 2:13.41), Laken Skidmore (sophomore, Terreton, Idaho, 2:15.05) and Jessica Carter (sophomore, Roy, Utah, 2:16.09) each qualifying. Henry had the top time in the trials. Skidmore was fourth and Carter sixth.
The distance medley reelay team took fifth in a time of 12:26.89.
Seven of the 12 points scored by the men came in the finals of the 5,000 meters. Brett Hales (junior, Ogden, Utah) was fifth with a career best 15:00.01. Chris Burnett (junior, Farmington, Utah) was sixth with a career-best 15:02.81. The other five points came in the distance medley relay where the Wildcats were fourth in 10:13.75.
In today's finals, Matt White (freshman, Plain City, Utah) will be in the 55 meters and 200 meters. White was fourth in the 55-meter trials in 6.52 and led a 1-2-3 finish by the Wildcats in the 200 meters in a time of 21.76. Taylor Pebley (junior, West Haven, Utah) was second in the 200-meter trials in 21.80 and had the best time in the 400 meters in 47.70, which is a career best and the fourth-fastest indoor men's 400 in WSU school history. Brock Rose (senior, North Ogden, Utah) was third in the 200 in 21.84.
Coach Dan Walker will have two men in the finals of the 55-meter hurdles. Jonevan DiSimone (junior, Seaside, Calif.) was third in 7.54 and Tyler McBee was sixth in 7.65. McBee also qualified in the 400 meters, finishing fourth in a career-best 48.23.
Jace Nye (senior, Kaysville, Utah), last year's Male Track Co-Athlete of the Meet, will be back to defend his title in the 800 meters. His time of 1:53.44 was the seventh-best in Friday's trials. John Coyle (sophomire, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) just missed, finishing ninth in 1:54.05. Nye is set to defend his title today's mile run as well.