OGDEN – After nearly a month’s rest, the Wildcats shook off the rust of the holiday break with a strong performance in the friendly confines of their home gym.
“It was important to get back into a rhythm again after having nearly a month off,” Weber State Director of Track and Field Dan Walker. “I thought we competed well despite the long layoff.”
On the women’s side, the Wildcats got strong showings from Candace Sharp, Tawnie Moore, Jacquelyn Steckler, and Talia Reza, while Jordan Cross and Seth Fortin turned in impressive performances on the men’s side.
Sharp won the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:26.25, while Moore ran an 8.10 in the 55-meter hurdles. Reza won the long jump with a mark of 17 feet, 11 1/2 inches, and finish second in the 55-meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.77.
Steckler won the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.51, with teammates Brittney Rounkles (1:01.48) and Andrea Brown (1.01.70) coming in second and third, respectively. Steckler, Rounkles, Brenna Jeffs, and Chandler Weitzeil also help the Wildcats 4x4 relay team to a second-place finish.
In the field events, the Wildcats swept to individual winners across the board.
On the men’s side, Cross turned in a strong effort in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:34.74, while teammate Jason Kearns was second at 8:46.05.
Fortin finished second in the 55 meters with a time of 6:51, and was third in the 200 meters with a time of 22.65. The Wildcats also went 1-2 in the 55-meter hurdles, with Joey Czellecz winning the event at 7.78 and Ryan Carlson coming in at 7.79.
In the field events, Trey Deveraux won the high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 8 inches, while Tyler Johnson won the triple jump with a mark of 37 feet, 8 inches and was second in the long jump. Logan Leavitt won the long jump with a mark of 22 feet, 5 1/4 inches.
Weber State will be back in action on Jan. 27-28 when the Wildcats will split up to participate in the Snake River Open in Pocatello, Idaho, and the Washington Invitational in Seattle, Wash, in the third of five weekends of competition in preparation for the Big Sky Conference championships in Pocatello, Idaho, on Feb. 23-25.