To say Tylee Newman-Skinner is among the best runners in Utah State history would be a slight.
Because Tylee isn’t merely a name among giants. She is queen of the giants.
Newman-Skinner broke the all-time USU record in the 1,500-meter run at the Mountain West Conference Championships this past weekend with a time of 4 minutes, 23.99 seconds.
That number improves on her own personal best of 4:24.42, and breaks the record set by Jennifer Twitchell (4:24.08) set in 2006.
“I’ve been chasing after that record my whole career, so I’m really excited,” Newman-Skinner said on the USU website. “I got in really good position and got where I needed to be, and … started speeding up the last 400. I’m really grateful for this opportunity and … for Utah State.”
In addition, the senior and West Jefferson product also holds the school record in the outdoor 3k by more than 7 seconds with a 9:33.02. She also ranks in the indoor top 10 for the Aggies in the 800 (2:13.34), mile (4:47.97) and 3k (9:44.61).
Her school-record finish at the MWC championships helped the Aggies finish fifth in the team competition with 78 points, 42.5 back of San Diego State’s winning number.
Competing in his first conference championships, Snake River graduate and Idaho State freshman Josh Anderson placed 10th in the pole vault competition with a height of 14 feet, 7.5 inches.
The Bengals finished 12th in the team standings with 24 points. Northern Arizona took the Big Sky Conference men’s title with 131.
On the women’s side at the Big Sky Championships, Shelley graduate and Weber State senior Diedre Wilson finished 15th in the shot put at 40-7.5. Wilson also placed 27th and 28th in the discus and weight throw, respectively.
Weber State was third in the team competition, and NAU finished a sweep of the team titles with 128 points.
Competing on the big stage for Carnegie Mellon this past weekend, Idaho Falls graduate Yedin Lui helped the Tartans burst onto the NCAA Division-III stage with a third place finish at the national championships.
Competing on the El Campeón Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., Lui ground out 72-holes and finished 52nd with an 84-80-87-84—335.
Carnegie Mellon earned its fifth-place finish with a team stroke count of 1,286, 25 behind the winning score posted by Claremont Mudd Scripps.
BYU sophomore outfielder and Skyline graduate Rylee Jensen helped the Cougars close out the regular season last weekend on a 10-game winning streak, finishing 2 for 3 with three runs and three walks during a two-game sweep of Loyola Marymount.
In all, Jensen’s Cougars closed 18-2 to finish 35-20 overall and 13-1 in West Coast Conference play. That record gave BYU the WCC championship, and a 14th-consecutive trip to the NCAA Softball Championships.
Southern Idaho (47-10) cruised through the Region 18 tournament, winning three straight to punch their ticket to the NJCAA National Championships. Blackfoot graduate Hadlie Henderson struck out one over 3.2 innings of relief for CSI during a 9-8 win over the Salt Lake Bruins. Rigby grad Sherry Boone scored a run in the same game for the Golden Eagles.
South Fremont graduate and Pierce sophomore MaKayla Parkinson had a Friday to remember, finishing 4 for 8 with three runs and six RBIs during a doubleheader split against Highline. Parkinson also went 4 for 4 with three runs Sunday during a 14-3 rout of Skagit Valley, helping the Raiders improve to 9-27.
Shelley graduate Kaden Schmitt closed out his regular season home schedule with a dominant complete-game win over visiting Seattle, striking out a career-best 10 over nine complete for Utah Valley during a 9-2 win Sunday. Schmitt allowed five hits and one walk over 124 pitches in the win, helping the Wolverines move to 15-33. He was named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for his performance.
Madison graduate Hayden Leatham also saved his best for last at the Region 18 tournament, finishing 2 for 5 with a homer for Southern Idaho during a 7-5 win over the Salt Lake Bruins in the Region 18 Championship final.
Leatham was also 1 for 3 with a walk in each of CSI’s first two games of the tournament, helping the Golden Eagles jump into the NJCAA National Championship tournament at 47-10.
Blackfoot graduate and Treasure Valley freshman Rhys Pope struck out four over five innings Saturday during a 14-10 loss to Wenatchee Valley. Pope was touched for eight runs in the slugfest. The Chukars are now 13-30.