No. 22 Track & Field to Compete in Don Kirby Elite
Feb. 7, 2013
SAN DIEGO -
The No. 22 San Diego State track and field team travels to Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday for the prestigious Don Kirby Elite Invitational.
The meet will feature some of the top teams in the country, including No. 12 California, No. 13 Arizona, No. 16 Stanford, No. 17 Arizona State and the 22nd-ranked Aztecs. Others in the meet are The Academy of Art, Kansas State, Mississippi, New Mexico, Northern Arizona, Portland State, UCLA, Utah State, Washington State, Wayland Baptist, West Texas A&M and Wyoming.
This will be SDSU's third straight meet at the Albuquerque Convention Center, having already competed in the Cherry and Silver Invitational on Jan. 19 and the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 1-2. The Mountain West Championships will be hosted by Boise State and will take place in Nampa, Idaho from Feb. 21-23, while the NCAA Championships are slated for March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Don Kirby Elite Invitational kicks off at 1 p.m. MT with the long jump, while the meet concludes at 9:50 p.m. MT with the 4x400-meter relay.
Allison Reaser will be preparing to defend her back-to-back titles in the pentathlon at the indoor championships as she is slated to compete in four events on Thursday, including the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump and shot put.
Brittany Bozeman (60 hurdles, long jump and shot put), Kristen Brown (60 meters, 60 hurdles and pole vault), Alex Evans (60 hurdles, long jump and triple jump) and Nicole Oudenaarden (60 hurdles, long jump and shot put) will each participate in three events, while Jasmine Burrell (weight throw and shot put) is entered in two events.
LaQuisha Jackson and Deyna Roberson will each be running the 400 meters, and Ellie Fanaika (weight throw), Brittany Gonter (shot put), Kelsy Hintz (pole vault), Carrington Mahr (high jump), Karen Snapper (pole vault), Shanieka Thomas (triple jump) and Holly Waseloff (pole vault) will look to post impressive marks in the field events.
Various Aztecs could run in the 200 and be a member of the 4x400-meter relay as well.
San Diego State is coming off another solid weekend at the New Mexico Classic, led by Thomas, who won the triple jump in a leap of 44 feet, 4 inches (13.51 meters). The mark is the best in the country this season, the second-best indoor mark in school history and easily beat runner-up Toni Smith, who was the only other competitor to break 13 meters (42-09.00). She also was fifth in the long jump (18-05.25/5.62m) and sixth in the 400 (56.85). For her efforts, Thomas was named the Mountain West Women's Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for a second straight opportunity.
Brown continued to shine in her first season donning the Scarlet and Black as she posted all-time top-10 marks in both the 60-meter hurdles and the pole vault. Brown, a Virginia Tech transfer, ran the fastest 60-hurdle prelim time of 8.40 seconds and ended up finishing second in the finals in 8.41. The prelim time of 8.40 is the fourth-fastest time in program history.
Brown also led a group of three Aztec pole vaulters who set or tied all-time top 10 marks after taking second in 13-07.25 (4.15m). It was the fifth best in school history. Hintz finished sixth in the event at 12-11.50 (3.95m), while Waseloff and Snapper finished seventh and eighth, respectively, at 12-07.50 (3.85m), a mark which tied for ninth all-time at SDSU.
Jackson made the record books as she was fourth out of 37 in the 400 in 55.92. That was good for the ninth-fastest indoor 400 in program history.
Oudenaarden, meanwhile, won the long jump in 19-00.75 (No. 8 all-time at SDSU) and Mikayla Howden was 11th in the weight throw in 49-10.00 (No. 8 all-time at SDSU).
Live results for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational will be available on GoAztecs.com when they become available, while complete results will be posted on GoAztecs.com following the conclusion of the meet.
Don Kirby Elite Invitational
6:30 p.m. MT - 60 Meters (prelims)
7:30 p.m. MT - 60-Meter Hurdles (finals)
7:50 p.m. MT - 60 Meters (finals)
8 p.m. MT - Pole Vault (flight 2)
8:40 p.m. MT - 200 Meters
9:50 p.m. MT - 4x400-Meter Relay