Printed on: April 02, 2013

Hawkins places 15th in elite heptathlon field


An athlete for all seasons, Utah State's Chari Hawkins competed in volleyball, basketball and track at Madison High School.

When the USU track and field team came calling, it appeared Hawkins would follow the path of other multiple-sport prep stars and settle on one sport.

But Hawkins apparently had too much athletic awesomeness to contain, and Aggies' coach Gregg Gensel uses her in seven events as the school's lead heptathlete.

Hawkins was Utah State's lone representative at the Texas Relays on Wednesday and Thursday, finishing 15th with 5,085 points.

"Chari did a great job to start the season off right against some really tough national competition," Gensel said.


Idaho Falls grad Tyler Wilkinson had another solid weekend for Southern Idaho, finishing 5 for 12 with five runs, four walks and three stolen bases. The Golden Eagles are now 32-6.

Treasure Valley righty and Hillcrest product Cassie Wood picked up a pair of wins this past weekend, pitching combined nine innings to improve to 5-1. Wood now has all but two of the Chukars wins this season as the team sits at 7-5.


Blackfoot graduate and Treasure Valley catcher Zach Reay was 2 for 4 with a home and two RBIs during a 7-0 win over Blue Mountain on Wednesday. The Chukars are now 17-3.

Idaho Falls graduate Anthony Brady's season had barely begun at Puget Sound before a shoulder injury ended his spring.

Brady tore his ulna collateral ligament and will have Tommy John surgery to repair his right shoulder.

Brady had a solid start before the injury with seven strikeouts and one hit allowed over 3 2/3 innings. Brady is

expected to make a full recovery and pitch again in 2014.


Utah State golfers Kris Sayer (Hillcrest) and Tanner Higham (Shelley) got some match play work done this past week, competing at the Cal Poly Match Play Challenge in Arroyo Grande, Calif.

The Aggies fell 3.5-1.5 to Weber State and 3-2 to Fresno State on Thursday before losing 4-1 to Cal Poly in Friday's match. Sayer finished 0-3, losing 1-up, 6&5 and 2&1 on Friday.

Higham was 1-1-1 against Cal Poly, winning 4&3, losing 4&3 and earning a half at all square.

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