OREM, Utah – The second weekend of competition brought even more strong marks for the Wildcats.
With the Weber State University men’s and women’s track and field teams split up at three meets around the west the squad enjoy success at all three venues.
Junior Jordan Cross ran an 8:49.70 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Cross’ time is currently the fastest time in the nation this season, and gives the Wildcats two of the top eight times nationally in the steeplechase. It was also a new meet record.
“What a great weekend,” Weber State Director of Track and Field Dan Walker said. “These kids had such great attitudes in rough conditions at (the Utah Valley Invitational). A perfect example was (senior thrower Natasha Powell). At 8:30 in the morning and 41 degrees, she broke a 27-year-old school record in the shot put.
“We had over 40 season and personal bests, despite the cold and windy day. We are making some noise in the Big Sky.”
The majority of the Wildcat squad took the quick trip south on I-15 to participate at Utah Valley, while four athletes participated in the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
Among the highlights in Orem, where Powell’s throw of 49 feet, 1/4 inch in the shot put, which broke the previous school record of 48 feet, 9 1/2 inches, set by Shauna Turner in 1990.
Tawnie Moore ran a 13.73 in the 100-meter hurdles, the top time in the Big Sky Conference, and the second-fastest time in school history.
Joey Czellecz ran a personal best 52.83 in the 400-meter hurdles, the top time in the Big Sky, and ran a personal best 14.54 in the 110-meter hurdles.
At the Stanford Invitational, Hailey Whetten ran the 10,000 meters at 33:58.66, the fourth-fastest time in school history, and 10th fastest time in Big Sky Conference history.
The Wildcats will be back in action this weekend as they co-host the Utah/Weber State Spring Classic. Action begins on Friday in Salt Lake City, and wraps up on Saturday at Stewart Stadium.