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Track & Field Set for Defense of MW Indoor Title

Nicole Oudenaarden and the Aztecs defend their MW title this weekend.
Nicole Oudenaarden and the Aztecs defend their MW title this weekend.

Feb. 26, 2014

SAN DIEGO -

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The San Diego State track and field team looks to defend its Mountain West title this weekend when it travels to USAF Academy, Colo., for the 2014 MW Indoor Track and Field Championships. The three-day meet runs from Thursday (Feb. 27) through Saturday (March 1) at the Cadet Field House on the campus of Air Force.

The Aztecs will be looking for their second consecutive MW indoor title, third straight overall conference title (2013 outdoor) and fourth in program history (2003 outdoor).

Heading into the meet, SDSU has top MW marks in five individual events. Leading the way is Shanieka Thomas, who has the best triple jump mark in the country at 45 feet, 3 inches (13.79). Thomas, the defending NCAA outdoor triple jump champion and one of 10 on the preseason watch list for The Bowerman Trophy (top collegian), was the runner-up in the triple jump at the NCAA indoor championships a year ago and has won the last four MW triple jump titles (2012-13 outdoor, 2012-13 indoor). Thomas, who has three overall indoor titles to her credit, is also entered in the long jump and could run a leg in the 4x400-meter relay.

Kristen Brown, meanwhile, comes into the meet with top marks in both the 60 hurdles (altitude adjusted 8.34 seconds) and the pole vault (13-05.75 (4.11m)). Brown won both of those events at the indoor championship meet last year.

Allison Reaser will be busy once again at the championship meet as she is entered in the 200 (altitude adjusted 24.26), 60 hurdles (altitude adjusted 8.46) and the grueling pentathlon (altitude adjusted 3,889 points). Reaser, who has won six consecutive multi-event titles at the MW Championships (2011-13 indoor pentathlon, 2011-13 outdoor heptathlon), is currently ranked No. 1 in the league in the 200, second in the pentathlon and fourth in the 60 hurdles. Reaser owns five indoor titles over her career.

Jasmine Burrell comes into the weekend ranked No. 1 in the weight throw (68-01.00 (20.75m)) and second in the shot put (51-07.25 (15.73m). Burrell has broken her school record twice in the weight throw this year and is the defending MW indoor shot put champion.

Nicole Oudenaarden could also figure in the championships has she is ranked third in (19-06.75 (5.96m)) and fourth in the pentathlon (altitude adjusted 3,868). Both relays should also score for San Diego State. The 4x400 relay, which won last year's meet and is ranked fifth this year, will most likely choose four from a pool of Oudenaarden, Reaser, Thomas, Maderia Toatley and Meritzer Williams to end the meet, while the distance medley (ranked fourth) has four from the group of Dynasty Gammage, Chelsea Kruthers, Oudenaarden, Rachel Roesgen and Toatley competing.

The MW Championships get underway at 11 a.m. MT Thursday with the five-event pentathlon. Friday begins with the weight throw at 12:30 p.m. MT and ends with the DMR at 5:45 p.m. PT. The final day of competition on Saturday kicks off with the triple jump at 11 a.m. MT and concludes with the 4x400 at 2:30 p.m. MT.