PROVO, Utah – In their penultimate regular season meet, the Wildcats continued to grind out improvements.
The Weber State University men's and women's track and field teams took part in the Robison Invitational, hosted by BYU at Clarence Robison Track in Provo this weekend, and saw a number of improvements.
“It was another excellent meet where we got much better,” Weber State Director of Track and Field Dan Walker said.
On the men's side, Joe Maloney ran a 4:09.55 in the mile, while Alex Reece ran a 10.44 in the 100 meters and 21.25 in the 200 meters. Joey Czellecz ran a 53.46 in the 400-meter hurdles and a 14.65 in the 110-meter hurdles. Josh Hartford ran the 800 meters in 1:52.07. In the 4x100 relay, Weber State's team of Tyler Johnson, Logan Leavitt, Seth Fortin, and Reece ran a 41.10.
In the field events, Justin Herbert won the hammer with a throw of 189-feet, 2 3/4 inches, while Anthony Gregory (6-feet, 10-inches) and Trey Deveraux (6-feet, eight inches) each had seasonal bests in the high jump, and Keaton Pace had a lifetime-best 15-feet, 3 3/4-inches in the pole vault.
Reece Lafaye had a 500-point improvement in his lifetime decathlon best.
On the women's side, Tawnie Moore won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 and finished with a 24.78 in the 200 meters. Michaella Hintze had a solid showing in the 800 meters with time of 2:14.04, while Candace Sharp (5:00.80) and Isabella Williams (5:03.81) had good showings in the mile.
Maddie Cannon and Summer Harper finished 1-2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, running it in 11:12.43 and 11:14.22, respectively, and the Wildcats' 4x100 relay team of Amy Teal, Ashlyn Allred, Moore, and Talia Reza) ran a season-best 47.59.
In the field events, Whitney Fowers and Rebecca Wenz threw 151-feet, three inches and 150-feet, 4 3/4 inches, respectively, in the javelin throw, moving up to 1-2 in the Big Sky this season, and putting both in qualifying position for the NCAA West Regionals. It was the seventh and eighth-best throws in Weber State history.
Natasha Powell won the hammer throw with a mark of 169-feet, 5 3/4 inches, and threw 46 feet, 7 3/4 inches in the shot put. Talia Reza hit 18-feet, 5 1/4 inches in the long jump, a new career best.
Weber State will be back in action on Wednesday and Thursday when it hosts the WSU Twilight Meet at Stewart Stadium. It will be the Wildcats' final regular season meet before the Big Sky Championships in Sacramento, Calif., in May.