Utah State Track And Field Heads To Washington State Friday
Jan. 28, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's and women's track and field teams head to the two-day Washington State Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The meet will be held at the WSU Indoor Track Facility and the Aggies will compete against teams from Eastern Washington, Idaho, Sacramento State and host WSU.
"We will be competing against a lot better competition this weekend. This meet will definitely help prepare us for the upcoming WAC Championships," veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel said. "Traditionally we have had some athletes perform very well at this meet, it is a great facility, and we will also have the opportunity to compete against some athletes in our conference. Overall, we are looking forward to continued improvement from our team as we move forward in the season."
The first event of the meet, the women's 60m hurdles (Pentathlon) race, will begin Friday at 3:30 p.m. (MT) while the final event for Friday, the women's long jump, is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., Saturday's action will begin at 10 a.m. with the men's 60 H (Heptathlon) and is scheduled to conclude with the men's 4x400m relay at 4:20 p.m.
The Aggies performed well last weekend in their first road meet at Boise State. Utah State took individual titles in seven events including both the men's and women's mile. Juniors Jason Holt (4:14.19) and Erin Stratton (4:57.87) both now hold the fastest time in the Western Athletic Conference so far this season for the men's and women's miles, respectively.
Junior Elaine Connolly set a new PR last Saturday, finishing the 800m in 2:13.91 and coming in second. Connolly's time is currently the second fastest in WAC, behind only first place finisher Kayleen McDowell of Boise State.
Following action at Washington State, the Aggies will compete at the University of Washington Invitational Saturday, February 7, in Seattle, Wash.