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USU track: Kashley Carter breaks school record in the 3,000m as Utah State shines at Spring Break Invitational

Utah State's track and field teams began their respective outdoor seasons on the right foot by collecting 49 top-five finishes at the UC Irvine-hosted Spring Break Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Utah State's women claimed the team title by recording 200 points, topping UC Irvine, which placed second with 191.5 points. The Aggie men also placed first with 169 points, edging out Army's second-place tally of 162 points.

In her first-ever collegiate track meet, freshman Kashley Carter set a school record in the 3,000m with a time of 9:40.52, eclipsing the previous record of 9:43.83.

Utah State head coach Gregg Gensel was very impressed with his program and the way they broke into the outdoor season.

"This is the best opening week we have had in recent memory," Gensel said. "We had great scores across the board and we proved that we were ready to run."

Maci Bingham, a senior, also had a strong opening meet by placing first in the shot put (14.43m) and the hammer throw (61.63m), while taking second in the discus (49.30m).

On the men's side, junior AJ Boully placed first in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.34, which is seventh all-time in USU history. Boully also placed second in the 110m hurdles, clocking a time of 14.42.

The Aggie women swept the javelin event with junior Mia Estes (46.93m), freshman Madelyn Sirmon (46.29m) and sophomore Stephanie Crapse (44.61m) placing first, second and third, respectively. Additionally, all three javelin throwers moved up the USU top-10 rankings with Estes in third, Sirmon in fifth and Crapse coming in eighth all-time in USU history.

Men's javelin thrower, junior Devin Wright, also had a tremendous showing by winning his respective event with a heave of 62.96m.

Seasoned distance runner Tori Parkinson, a junior, spurred on the Aggies with a victory in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:41.92.

Other event winners included senior Jodi Williams in the high jump (1.65m), junior Colby Wilson in the 5,000m (14:34.53) and freshman Leaugen Fray in the high jump (2.05m).

"Everybody had a pretty good day," Gensel said. "We had a lot of personal bests, as well as a school record set by Kashley Carter, so we're really excited after this opening meet."

The Mountain West Outdoor Championships will be held in Fresno, California, on May 11-14, just 11 days before the First Round of the NCAA Championships in Lawrence, Kansas, on March 11.

Doug Hoffman is the associate athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.