LOGAN, Utah - Utah State track & field released its 2018 competitive schedule, as announced by acting head coach Matt Ingebritsen, highlighted by six trips to meets hosted by Power-5 schools.
"We have a great schedule set up, and I'm excited to see how things turn out this year," Ingebritsen said.
The Aggies open the indoor portion of the season at the Boise State-hosted Ed Jacoby Invitational on Jan. 12-13, before heading to Bozeman, Mont., for the Montana State Dual Meet Invitational on Jan. 19.
Utah State wraps up its January schedule when it splits its squad to send Aggies to the Team Challenge hosted by New Mexico and the UW Invitational hosted by Washington. Both meets are held from Jan. 26-27.
The Aggies head back to Bronco country for Boise State's Jackson's NB Invitational on Feb. 2-3. Then, USU will split the squad again to send athletes to the Don Kirby Meet in Albuquerque, N.M., on Feb. 9-10, while others will compete in Boise again at the Bronco Challenge on Feb. 10.
"I'm really excited to see how the team does at the Don Kirby Invitational and the Team Challenge" Ingebritsen said. "Those are the two big indoor meets. One of those, we'll have the distance runners up at Washington to run at sea-level. I'm excited to see how those guys do at both those places. Those meets, every year, you get to see the best competition in the country. For us, those have always been the meets where we get the best performances and get ourselves ready to go to indoor conference."
Championship season starts when the Aggies travel back to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Mountain West Championships, hosted by New Mexico, from Feb. 22-24. The NCAA Indoor Championships are hosted by Texas A&M from March 9-10.
Last year, Utah State sent then-junior Dillon Maggard to the NCAA Indoor Championships, where he garnered second-team All-American honors in the mile with a time of 4:01.25. At the Mountain West Championships, USU had 13 medalists, including four event-winners or winning relay teams.
Overall, the men placed third at the MW Championships with 110.5 points, while the women took ninth with 42 points.
"For outdoor, it's a pretty typical season that we're going to have," Ingebritsen said. "We're taking the kids to the Texas Relays and the Stanford Invitational, which are at the same time this year, so we'll split for those. Those meets are going to be very good."
The Aggies will start the outdoor season at the UC Irvine-hosted Spring Break Classic from March 16-17. Then, USU will again send athletes to different meets as selected Aggies will head to the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays hosted by Texas from March 28-31, while others will compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., from March 30-31.
The next weekend, Utah State will compete at two events, sending athletes to the Utah Spring Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 6, and then the next day, the Aggies will head to the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Weber State on April 7.
The Aggies host their annual meet, the Mark Faldmo Invitational, from April 13-14, at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium on Utah State's campus.
The following weekend, Utah State will send athletes to a trio of meets in southern California. The Aggies will compete at the Azusa Pacific-hosted Bryan Clay Invitational (April 19-20), the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays at El Camino College (April 19-21) and the Beach Invitational hosted by Long Beach State (April 20-21).
"We're going to take some of our best kids down to Mt. SAC again, and that's always a meet that we really like to see, especially for distance runners because it's at sea-level," Ingebritsen said. "For our big field event athletes and sprinters, it's a good meet to see some of the best kids in the country. That's a meet where we'll get a lot of first-round qualifying marks, as well."
The Aggies stay in the Beehive State for their next two meets, traveling to Provo for the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational on April 26-28, and down to Ogden for the Weber State-hosted Twilight Invitational on May 2.
After wrapping up the regular season in Ogden, Utah State travels to Fresno, Calif., for the Mountain West Championships, hosted this year by Fresno State from May 9-12. Last year, the Aggie men placed third with 133 points, while the women finished eighth with 42.5 points.
Individually, the Aggies had 11 medalists and medaling teams and three event-winners or relay teams at the 2017 championships that were held in Logan.
Utah State continues championship season at the NCAA West Preliminaries hosted by Sacramento State from May 24-26, before sending qualifying individuals to the NCAA Championships hosted by Oregon in Eugene, Ore., also known as Tracktown, USA.
Last year, the Aggies sent four individuals to the NCAA Championships, and returners sophomore Sindri Gudmundsson and junior Brenn Flint both earned All-American honors in the javelin and shot put, respectively.
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