LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's track & field team rose 20 spots in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) indoor track & field national poll to No. 22. It is the program's highest-ever national ranking, topping the previous high of No. 49 in 2009.
"I have to say that I'm definitely very proud of those guys," said interim head coach Matt Ingebritsen. "It was a little bit of a shock, but not after what we saw this weekend with so many great things happening, especially with Clay (Lambourne), Dillon (Maggard) and all the guys in the distance medley relay."
This is the first time this season that the rankings are tabulated using data from only this season, including combined events. Prior to this week, previous season data had been used when it came to combined events only.
At the 2018 Mountain West Indoor Track & Field Championships held last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., Lambourne won his fourth straight 800-meter conference championship with a meet-record time of 1:48.74. Maggard placed second in the men's 5,000m race with a time of 14:47.69.
Both Lambourne and Maggard, along with Beutler and Martin, took second in the DMR with a time of 9:34.61, which is the second-fastest DMR in NCAA history after an altitude adjustment.
Fray won both the high jump and the long jump, and it was his career-best mark in the high jump of 2.18m (7-1.75) that earned points for the team ranking.
"Coach (Artie) Gulden and I were looking at some of the individual group rankings, and those guys are also ranked pretty high," Ingebritsen said. "It's a really neat thing to see, especially for those guys who all work so hard. The distance team worked hard, especially in cross country and being able to carry it over into the track & field season. Being ranked like that for the first time in school history is pretty cool to be a part of carrying on a legacy of Utah State track & field that's been at a pretty high level for a long time. To break out and do something new like that is pretty special."
Individually, USU's DMR team is ranked second in the nation. Maggard is third in the NCAA in the 5,000m and 15th in the 3,000m. Lambourne is currently ranked 16th in the nation in the 800m, while Fray is 23rd in the high jump.
Utah State will wait on the results from other conference championships to see who will advance to compete at the NCAA Indoor National Championships in College Station, Texas, starting on March 9.
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