Feb. 9, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men and women's track and field teams will split action this weekend as they send student-athletes to three different meets including the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho as well as the Washington's FloTrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11. A group of Aggies will also make a return trip to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the New Mexico Don Kirby Elite Invitational on Friday, Feb. 10.
Action at Jacksons Indoor Track for the Boise State Team Challenge will begin for Utah State with one event on Friday, the men's pole vault at 5:30 p.m. (MT). On Saturday, USU will start the day off competing at 9:15 a.m. with the women's high jump and is set to conclude the meet with the men's 3,000 meter run, which scheduled for 3:15 p.m. The Aggies will compete against 14 other schools including Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada and in-state rival Utah Valley.
USU will get underway in New Mexico at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational with the men's weight throw at 2:30 p.m. (MT) on Friday, with the men and women's 4x400 meter relay races ending the day at 9:30 and 9:40 p.m., respectively. Utah State will compete against some of the top athletes around the nation with Arizona State, Florida, Indiana State, Oregon, Ohio State, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas Tech, UCLA and the host New Mexico in attendance.
At Washington's FloTrack Husky Classic, USU will have several distance runners participating in the men and women's 5,000 meter runs that will be held on Friday at 7:10 and 8:30 p.m., respectively. On Saturday the Aggies will begin competition with the women's 3,000 meter run at 9 a.m. and will conclude their shortened day of action with the men's mile at 9:55 a.m. Over 20 schools will be represented in Washington.
"We are sending our throwers and some of our top sprinters to Albuquerque because it will be a big competition and it is a fast track," said Aggie veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "Coach Yogi Teevens is going to take our long jumpers and triple jumpers along with a handful of other athletes to Boise to get used to where they will compete for the WAC Championships. Coach Steve Reeder is traveling with the distance runners up to Washington to a meet that has resulted in great results for us in the past. Overall, we should do pretty good this weekend in all three meets."
Utah State track and field teams will take the week of Feb. 13-18 off to train before returning to Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho for the WAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-25 and the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 8-11. The Aggies will also compete in some last chance meets on March 3 that will be determined the week prior.
Live results will be available to fans to follow along with the competition by clicking on the respective "live results" links on www.utahstateaggies.com.
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