POCATELLO, Idaho – A new school record, two individual champions, and 15 All-Conference honors sums up the 2017 Big Sky Conference Indoor Championships for the Weber State University men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Overall, the women’s team finished fifth and the men’s team finished sixth in the final standings.
“I told the teams that in every championship, you need more good surprises than bad ones to finish higher than expected,” Weber State Director of Track and Field Dan Walker said. “This weekend, we were about even on the ledger. So, we placed about where we thought we would.”
Senior hurdler Tawnie Moore won the 60-meter hurdles for the second consecutive year, winning with a time of 8.32, which is a new Weber State school record and the second-fastest time in Big Sky Conference history.
Senior Ellie Child, the 2016 Big Sky Cross Country individual champion, added another distance title to her resume with a commanding win in the 5,000 meters, finishing in a time of 16:56.66. Child also earned All-Conference honors in the 3,000 meters, finishing third with a time of 9:48.29.
“I was pleased with so many things,” Walker said. “Tawnie's hurdles were fabulous, and Ellie had a convincing win in the 5,000, and came back to get a third in the 3,000. Natasha Powell had an excellent weekend in the throws. For the guys, Jason Kearns ended his Wildcat career with super efforts in the 5,000 and the 3,000. Justin Herbert was great in the 35-pound weight throw. And the men's relays were terrific.”
Powell and Herbert, both seniors, earned All-Conference honors in the three throwing events they entered.
Herbert finished his indoor career with a throw of 62-feet, four inches, a new personal record and the third-best throw in Weber State history.
Powell earned All-Conference honors in both the shot put and weight throw. Her throw of 48-feet, 6-inches was the second-highest mark of the championship, while her throw of 59-feet, 10 1/2 inches in the weight throw was third.
Kearns earned All-Conference honors with a third-place finish in the 5,000 meters, running it in a time of 14:42.79.
Another highlight was Weber State’s men’s relay teams. The Wildcats’ Distance Medley relay team finished third with a time of 10:06.77 to earn All-Conference honors, while the 4x400 relay team finished second with a time of 3:15.18, also earning All-Conference honors.