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STORK WINS HAMMER TITLE; WOMEN PLACE THIRD; MEN NINTH AT BIG SKY OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

STORK WINS HAMMER TITLE; WOMEN PLACE THIRD; MEN NINTH AT BIG SKY OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

POCATELLO, Idaho — The Sacramento State women's track and field team finished in third place while the men were ninth at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships at Idaho State.

Both team titles were claimed by Northern Arizona. The Lumberjack women amassed 244 points and were followed by Montana State (125) and the Hornets (82.5) in the top three. In the men's team standings, NAU scored 185 points with Montana State (119) and Idaho (100) also breaking triple digits. Sacramento State ended with 46.5 points but were just 2.5 points out of seventh place.

Evan Stork finished first in the men's hammer throw to account for the team's only victory during the weekend. The Hornet men and women also combined to set four school top 10 marks on Saturday along with nine personal bests.

Select Sacramento State student-athletes could continue their season at the NCAA West Preliminary which will take place May 25-28 in Fayetteville, Ark.

MEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS

  • Blaize Holland and Jabari Reynolds each scored in a pair of individual events as well as the 4x100 relay. Holland was fourth in the 100 in 10.63 seconds and later ran a wind-aided 21.18 to finish fifth in the 200.
  • Reynolds was third in the 200 in 21.05 and placed fourth in the 200 in a career best 47.34. That time was .27 seconds fasters than his previous career low and moved him into sixth place in school history.
  • Nautus Moore also set a PR in the 400 en route to finishing sixth. Moore ran 47.83 to shave .41 seconds from his previous best.
  • The men's 4x100 relay teams of DeVonn Johnson, Holland, Moore and Reynolds placed sixth in 41.31.

WOMEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS

  • LaTrouchka Duke was third in the 100, fourth in the 200 and was part of both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays teams which scored points. Duke ran 11.70 in the 100 to earn all-Big Sky honors. She finished one spot out of all-league honors after running a wind-aided 24.03 in the 200.
  • Duke opened Saturday's action by running the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team which finished second in 45.80. The unit was also comprised of Gianna Scruggs, Daysha Ford and Jayde Charlton. She closed the day by anchoring the 4x400 relay along with Sarah Collier, Ford and Scruggs to a time of 3:55.84 to place eighth.
  • Ford also scored in two individual events and both relays. She was sixth in the 400 in 57.03 before placing seventh in the 200 in 24.46.
  • Charlton finished in seventh place in the 100 behind a career best time of 11.96.

MEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Evan Stork became the first Hornet male in school history to win the Big Sky hammer title twice. Stork won the event with a throw of 215-11 on his fourth attempt. He continued to be on the most consistent throwers in the country, with all six of his attempts covering at least 203-01. Stork finished 4-feet, 2-inches beyond the next closest competitor.
  • Freshman Miles Grant set a career best to finish in fourth place in the high jump. Grant passed on the first two heights and then had a successful attempt at 6-06.25. He needed all three jumps to get over 6-07.50 but then quickly blew past 6-08.75 and 6-09.75 to set his career best. Only one jumper in the field was able to clear a higher bar than Grant but he finished in fourth place based on number of attempts.
  • John Gibbs narrowly missed scoring for the team in the triple jump but managed to record a career best in the event. Gibbs had a jump of 48-01.25 which was 3.5 inches beyond his previous long.

WOMEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shantel Nnaji concluded a magnificent championship as she finished second in the shot put and improved on her fifth place standing in the school record book. Nnaji earned all-Big Sky honors in the shot put, discus and hammer over the weekend. She was competing in the shot put for just the second time this season and topped her previous best by 10 inches.
  • Abby Meder also scored for the team, placing fourth in the event behind a career best of47-05.25. Meder's effort moved her into ninth place in school history and was 17.5 inches beyond her previous best.
  • Alexia Croffet placed second in the triple jump to earn all-conference honors. Croffet jumped 40-10.25 which moved her into eighth place in school history. The jump was more than a foot better than her previous PR and took her over 40-feet for the first time in her career.
  • Jayla Flowers added a sixth place showing in the event and also set a career best. Flowers had a leap of 39-09.75 for a 16.25 inch career improvement.

WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Northern Arizona 244; 2. Montana State 125; 3. Sacramento State 82.5; 4. Weber State 67; 5. Eastern Washington 66; 6. Idaho 62; 7. Idaho State 59; 8. Southern Utah 42; 9. Montana 37.5; 10. Northern Colorado 33.

MEN'S TEAM SCORES
1. Northern Arizona 185; 2. Montana State 119; 3. Idaho 100; 4. Idaho State 83; 5. Weber State 76; 6. Montana 58; 7. Northern Colorado 49; 8. Southern Utah 47.5; 9. Sacramento State 46.5;
10. Eastern Washington 42; 11. Portland State 11.

WOMEN'S SATURDAY RESULTS
100: 3. LaTrouchka Duke 11.70; 7. Jayde Charlton 11.96.
200: 4. LaTrouchka Duke 24.03; 7. Daysha Ford 24.46.
400: 6. Daysha Ford 57.03.
5K: 16. Cagnei Duncan 17:53.72.
4x100: 2. 45.80
4x400: 8, 3:55.84.
PV: Leah Chavez NH.
TJ: 2. Alexia Croffet 40-10.25; 6. Jayla Flowers 39-09.75.
SP: 2. Shantel Nnaji 49-04.25; 4. Abby Meder 47-05.25; 16. Deanna Gaines 39-11.50; 18. Breanna Espinoza 38-00.25.

MEN'S SATURDAY RESULTS
100: 4. Blaize Holland 10.63.
200: 3. Jabari Reynolds 21.05; 5. Blaize Holland 21.18.
400: 4. Jabari Reynolds 47.34; 6. Nautus Moore 47.83.
4x100: 6. 41.31.
4x400: 9. 3:20.19.
HJ: 4. Miles Grant 6-09.75.
TJ: 9. John Gibbs 48-01.25.
HAM: 1. Evan Stork 215-11.