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LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s track & field teams take their talents to Albuquerque, N.M., as the Aggies will compete in the 2017 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships, Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
The first day of competition will begin on Thursday at 11 a.m. with the men’s and women’s multi-events. Thursday’s action will come to a close at 4 p.m. with the men’s and women’s distance medley relays.
Friday kicks off with the finishing of the men’s heptathlon at 10 a.m. and the day will close at 4:55 p.m. with the women’s 5,000m. The final day starts with the women’s shot put at 10 a.m., with the championships ending at 2:30 p.m. with the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay.
Air Force enters the meet as the reigning champion on the men’s side, while the Colorado State women seek to capture back-to-back MW titles for the first time in program history. Both the Air Force men and Colorado State women are coming off sweeps of the indoor and outdoor titles in 2016. A total of 17 teams (six men, 11 women) will compete in the meet.
“According to stats or predictions, our men’s team should finish third,” said veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel. “However, last year we were supposed to finish third and ended up finishing second, so we definitely want to continue our improvement and show what we can do.”
Utah State’s men have two individuals and two relay teams that look to defend their titles. Junior Brady Martin is poised to defend the 400-meter crown, while junior Clay Lambourne battles for a three-peat in the 800m. Along with Lambourne, the men’s 4x400-meter relay team will look to three-peat, while the men’s distance medley relay team hopes to go back-to-back.
Additionally, Utah State has captured the last three Mountain West indoor titles in the men’s 400m. The Aggies who made it happen include, Cole Lambourne (2014, 2015) and junior Brady Martin (2016), who returns this season ranked second all-time in Mountain West history in the 400m (46.26).
“We’re very young on the women’s side,” said Gensel. “We’re hoping to get a bunch of personal records and continue moving in the right direction, and I know we can do that.”
On the women’s side, the Aggies bring back junior Olivia Moriconi, who earned all-conference honors for placing third in the shot put (14.82m/48-07.50) at last year’s championships.
Fans can watch a livestream of all the action at the indoor championships by going to themw.com
The NCAA Indoor Championships will be held in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11.
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