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Wildcats see strong improvement at Twilight Meet
Courtesy: Justin Johnson - Weber State Athletic Communications  
Release: Thursday 05/04/2017
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Senior Natasha Powell broke the Weber State shot put record on Wednesday.

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OGDEN – The Wildcats finished the regular season on a strong note.

Hosting the annual Weber State Twilight Meet on Wednesday and Thursday, the Weber State men's and women's track and field teams saw a number of late-season improvements as they competed for the final time before next week's Big Sky Conference championships in Sacramento, Calif.

“I was impressed with how many improvements we had,” Weber State Director of Track & Field Dan Walker said. “We got better in about half of our events, which is remarkable for this late in the season. I can't want to get the conference meet started.”

It was an especially strong weekend for the Wildcats' women's throwers, with a new school record and multiple new personal records.

Senior Natasha Powell threw a Weber State record 49 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the shot put, nearly six inches better than her previous record.

In the javelin, Rebecca Wenz threw a personal record 156 feet, seven inches, tied for the fourth-longest mark in Weber State history, and the top mark in the Big Sky this season. Whitney Fowers also threw a personal record 152 feet, 7 1/4 inches, the eight-best mark in school history and the second-best mark in the league this year. It's the second straight meet that Fowers and Wenz have set new personal records.

In the hammer throw, Samantha Nichols hit 179 feet, three inches, an almost 10-foot improvement over her previous season best, to win the hammer throw.

Lindsey Johnson and Annie Watts each hit 5-feet, 7 1/4 inches in the high jump.

In the running events, Amy Teal won the 100 meters with seasonal best 12.19, while Brittney Rounkles won the 400 meters with a seasonal best 56.76.

Lexi Elinkowski won the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.70, while Isabella Williams won the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:39.33.

Tawnie Moore won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.69, and the Wildcats' 4x100 team showed a strong improvement of over a second, finishing at 47.09.

On the men's side running events, the Wildcats' 4x100 team ran a 40.66, the second-fastest time in the Big Sky this year.

Joe Maloney had a strong 1:52.99 in the 800 meters, while Kody Codner hit 53.20 in the 400-meter hurdles, a top six mark in the league.

In the high jump, Anthony Gregory hit 6-feet, 10 1/4 inches, a 1/2 improvement and a seasonal best, while Trey Deveraux hit 6-feet, 8 1/4 inches, a new seasonal best, and Tyler Johnson had a season best 23-feet, 1/2 inch in the long jump.

With the Wildcats' regular season now concluded, Weber State turns its full attention to preparing and putting on the finishing touches before heading to the Big Sky Conference championships on Wednesday to Saturday at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, Calif.


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