For the first time ever, Utah State University was able to host the Mountain West Conference championship for track and field. The tracksters and fielders were all out in bunches at the Ralph Maughan track stadium this weekend.
Utah State finished third in the men’s field and the Aggie women finished 8th in the deep field of talented athletes. The Aggies did earn three gold medals in the final day of competition so plenty of championship hardware remained in Cache Valley.
Sindri Gudmundsson of Iceland broke a school, Conference and stadium record that was worthy of a shrieking celebration by the famous Icelandic soccer reporter Guðmundur “Gummi Ben” Benediktsson. Sindri threw the javelin farther than most quarterbacks could throw a football as he threw the spear shaped instrument 77.19 meters. Iceland rules supreme in the nation as Sindri is ranked 3rd in the nation.
AJ Boully continued his supreme dominance in conference competition as he racked up the other two golds with victories in the 400 meter hurdles (49.48) and the 4x400m relay (3:05.53). AJ won the 400 meter hurdles title at the Texas Relays in the Lone Star state earlier this year and has since been a nationally ranked athlete in this event.
After rounding up his junior cross country season with a 12th place finish at nationals that earned him All-American honors and a 10k time that flirted with the half hour barrier, Dillon Maggard earned runner up honors in the 1500 meter championship with a time of 3:47.55.
The Aggie women were also strong on the distance side as junior Tylee Newman-Skinner took 3rd place in the women’s 1500 meter finals with a time of 4:27.23.
Aggie fans can rest assured that their top athletes will have chances to earn their ticket to the NCAA championships as they advance to the preliminary Western rounds at the end of May.
The home team can hold its head high on the individual victories won even though team victories didn’t quite pan out how they’d hoped.