April 15, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State men's and women's track and field teams will host the Mark Faldmo Invitational Saturday, April 18 at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium. Field events start at 10 a.m. with running events getting under way at 11 a.m.
"It is always good to be home," said USU veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "We have had a nice week of sleeping in our own beds knowing that we won't have to travel this weekend. I think that combined with being able to compete in the same facility that we practice in, will really allow for some great performances from our teams."
Saturday's events will begin at 10 a.m. with the hammer, javelin and long jump, while track events will start with the 3,000m steeplechase at 11 a.m. The final event on Saturday is the 4x400 relay and is scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. Utah State will be competing against athletes from Weber State, Idaho State and Utah Valley.
This Saturday's meet is USU's only home meet of the outdoor season before hosting the Western Athletic Conference Championships in May.
Sophomore Sonia Grabowska is currently tied for 11th in the USTFCCCA national rankings in women's pole vault at 13-09.75 (4.21m). Grabowska also currently leads the WAC in the pole vault.
The Aggies have three men ranked in the top 26 in their respective events including seniors No. 20 Nick Karren (400m hurdles) and No. 26 John Strang (decathlon), along with No. 16 junior Steve Strickland (3,000m steeplechase).
Karren's number 20 national ranking is from his WAC-best time in the 400m hurdles of 50.78. Karren also currently leads the WAC in the 400m at 47.67.
Strang, who has yet to compete in the decathlon this outdoor season, holds the No. 26 national ranking from his decathlon performance at the 2008 WAC Outdoor championships where he tabbed 7,083 points.
Strickland holds the No. 16 ranking after setting a new Utah State school and WAC record in his performance in winning the 3,000m steeplechase at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational on April 4, which is also a WAC-best time of 8:49.53.
"It's snowing now, but the forecast for Saturday is sunny and clear. We are hoping for great weather as well as some great performances from our athletes Saturday," Gensel said.
For a complete schedule of the Mark Faldmo Invitational see the www.UtahStateAggies.com track and field home page.
Following the Mark Faldmo Invitational, the Aggies will head to the BYU Robinson Invitational and the Cal Berkley Invitational on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 23-25.
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