WSU track keeps up torrid pace

February 13, 2012

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Weber State’s men and women indoor track and field teams each saw continued improvement over the weekend. The bulk of both teams competed at the Bozeman Running Company Double Dual Meet on Friday night at Montana State’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

Coach Jim Blaisdell’s women posted 15 seasonal best times/marks and qualified two more athletes for the 2012 Big Sky Conference indoor championship on Feb. 24-25 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Elisa Isakson qualified in the pole vault, shattering the Weber State record. Isakson vaulted 12-6.25. She is now tied for the third best jump in the Big Sky this season. The old mark of 12-0 was set by Jessica Stringham back in 2005.

Isakson also ran the anchor 400 meter leg on the 4×400 meter relay team which won the race in a season best time of 3:48.90. Her vaulting teammate, Kylee Davies leaped a personal best of 11-0, the fourth best mark in WSU indoor history.

Jenna Deelstra qualified in the 3,000 meter race in a personal best time of 10:22.27.

“We really had a great meet,” said Blaisdell. “We always seem to run well up in Bozeman. Montana State and Montana are both great teams and it makes for some heated competition.”

The women won six of the eight running events. Kristin Billings won the 55 meters and 200 meters and ran a leg on the winning relay team. Amanda Alston ran a personal best of 55.45 in the 400 meters, the fifth best time in school history.

In Seattle, Wash., distance runner Sarah Callister continued her assault on personal bests and top ten times. Friday night in the 5,000 meters, she posted a career best time of 16:15.18. It is the third fastest time in WSU history and the best in the Big Sky this season. She came back on Saturday afternoon and ran a personal best of 9:25.08 in the 3,000 meters, the third best time in school history.

On the men’s side, coach Dan Walker’s crew posted 17 season bests and qualified one more for the 2012 Big Sky championships. Josh Peterson qualified in the 400 meters with a season-best time of 49.10. Teammate Dustin Durfee ran a season-best, of 48.63 in the same race.

Mike Hardy won the mile run in a personal-best time of 4:11.27 which is at just over 4:06.00 when adjusted for altitude.

“We had lots and lots of improvement on Friday,” said Walker. “We are much better on paper than we were before this meet and we continue to get better and better each week.”

Walker said he was really pleased with the 1-2-3 finish in the 35-pound weight throw from Zach Parry, Dustin Martin and Derek Harrebomee.