LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men and women’s track and field teams swept the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week as it was announced by the league office Tuesday, for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6, respectively. Receiving the awards for the men were seniors James Allred and Clint Silcock while freshman Kylie Hirschi and Chari Hawkins garnered the honors for the women. Allred, a senior from Helena, Mont. (Capital HS), set a career-best mark in the 800-meters at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 4-5 in Albuquerque, N.M. Allred’s altitude adjusted time of 1:50.06 was not only the best time of his career, it was also the best time in the WAC this season in the 800m event. Silcock, a senior from Salmon, Idaho (Butte HS), remained undefeated in the high jump this season after winning the event at the New Mexico Classic over the weekend. Silcock’s leap of 2.24 meters (7-04.25 ) set the Utah State school record, edging out Dave Hoffman’s record of 2.23m set in 1999. His mark is the best in the WAC this season, automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Championships and ties him with Ricky Robertson from Mississippi for the best height in the high jump around the nation last week. Silcock also tied Brian Knight from Mississippi for the sixth-best high jump mark in the nation this season. Silcock also was named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Feb. 6, an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel. Hirschi, a freshman from Sandy, Utah (Brighton HS), set a career best mark in the 800 meters at the New Mexico Classic on Feb. 4-5 in Albuquerque, N.M. Hirschi’s altitude adjusted time of 2:14.68 netted her second-place in the event, and is currently the best 800m time in the WAC this season. She was also a member of the 4×400 meter relay team that claimed second-place with a time of 3:47.08, which is the second-fastest time in the WAC this year. Hawkins, a freshman from Rexburg, Idaho (Madison HS), had a career-best day in the high jump at the New Mexico Classic. Her career-high leap of 1.73 meters (5-08.00) earned her a fourth-place finish in the high jump and also tied her with Sarah Saddleton of Hawaii for the best jump in the WAC this season. Utah State men and women’s track and field teams will conclude its indoor regular season at two different meets. Some Aggies will compete at the Washington Open in Seattle, Wash., with the other athletes traveling to Boise, Idaho for the Boise State Open. Both meets will to be held on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12. Boise State will also host the 2011 WAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-26 at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho. -USU-
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