Aggie Track And Field At Boise For Border Clash This Weekend, Five Individuals To Other Meets
April 29, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State track and field will send the majority of its men and women's teams to Boise, Idaho for the Border Clash meet against schools from Idaho and Utah, while some Aggie individuals will be competing at Oregon and Stanford meets.
"This is our final big weekend of the season and last tune-up before the WAC Championships," said veteran USU head coach Gregg Gensel in reference to the Western Athletic Conference Championships May 12-15 at Ruston, La. "We're also sending some individuals to some other meets this weekend to get some big meet experience and compete against some top competition."
Most of the USU squads will be at Boise for the Border Clash meet, facing host Boise State and Northwest Nazarene for the "Idaho" teams, while the Aggies will join Weber State as the "Utah" contingent.
Action at BSU's Ed Jacoby Track in Bronco Stadium gets underway Friday with the men's javelin at 2:30 p.m., followed by the women's hammer at 4 p.m. and the men's hammer at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday's action will begin with the women's javelin and men's pole vault at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to conclude with the 4x400m relay at 3:50 p.m.
Karren enters the weekend ranked No. 14 in the nation in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.70 run last Saturday at the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational.
A trio of USU distance runners will be in action at the Stanford Payton Jordan Invitational at Cobb Track & Angell Field at Stanford, Calif. Senior Steve Strickland, sophomore Brian McKenna and senior Erin Stratton will be in action.
Strickland and Stratton were named Western Athletic Conference Male and Female Track Athlete of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the 3,000m steeplechase Saturday at the Cal Brutus Hamilton Invitational.
Stratton finished second with a career-best time of 10:24.08. Stratton's time is the second-best in the WAC and is 17th in the NCAA this season.
Strickland's winning time of 8:42.97 is the second-fastest in the nation and leads the WAC by over 15 seconds in the event this season. Strickland was just shy of his Utah State record of 8:42.71 set last year.
McKenna is currently No. 61 in the country in the 10,000m with a time of 29:48.83, also at Stanford, in the Stanford Invitational last month.
Following this weekend's action, Utah State track and field teams will compete in the Mid Week Meet next week, with event location is to be determined and announced early in the week.