LOGAN, Utah - Utah State’s track & field program has announced its schedules for the 2017 indoor and outdoor seasons, highlighted by a pair of home meets at Ralph Maughan Track Stadium.
The Aggies open the indoor portion of their schedule at the Boise State-hosted Ed Jacoby Invitational on Jan. 13-14, followed by a trip to Big Sky Country the following weekend, where they will compete at Montana State on Jan. 20.
“We always like to start off the year by giving the athletes an opportunity to perform and to get their feet on the ground because they’re just coming off the holiday break,” veteran head coach Gregg Gensel said. “Starting out with a meet at Boise State followed by a meet at Montana State really enables us to build on what they’ve gained, rather than just throwing them right into the mix.”
Following the first two meets, Utah State will send athletes to both Seattle, Wash., and Albuquerque, N.M., for the Washington Invitational and the New Mexico Team Challenge, respectively, on Jan. 27-28.
“That meet will be the first real test we’ll have,” Gensel said. “We’re excited for the opportunity to be able to develop the young athletes we have on our team and to give the veterans an opportunity to keep developing what they’ve already done.”
Utah State will head back to the Gem State for the Boise State-hosted Jackson/New Balance Invitational on Feb. 3-4, followed by a return trip to Albuquerque for the New Mexico-hosted Don Kirby Invitational on Feb. 10-11. The Aggies will also send athletes to the Husky Classic in Seattle and the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho, that weekend.
After a weekend off, Utah State will travel back to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Mountain West Indoor Championships on Feb. 23-25. The NCAA Indoor Championships will take place March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.
Utah State’s men placed second with 141 points at last year’s MW Indoor Championships, while the women finished ninth with 33 points.
A pair of Aggies advanced to the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships as Parker Bluth (200-meter dash) and Dillon Maggard (mile) both earned second-team All-American honors.
The Aggies are slated to compete in 11 regular season outdoor meets before playing host to the MW Outdoor Championships on May 10-13. Utah State will then compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, which will be held May 25-27 in Austin, Texas. The NCAA Outdoor Finals will take place June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore.
Utah State kicks off its outdoor campaign at the UC Irvine Invitational on March 17-18 in Irvine, Calif.
Utah State will send student-athletes to two different meets March 29-April 1. One group of Aggies will compete at the 90th Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, while another group will compete at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.
The Aggies will again send student-athletes to a pair of meets the following weekend. One group will participate in the Utah Spring Classic in Salt Lake City on April 7 and the other group will return to the Golden State for the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 8.
Utah State’s first home meet of the season, the Mark Faldmo Invitational, takes place April 14-15. The Aggies will send a select group of student-athletes to the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif., that same weekend.
After a weekend off, Utah State will conclude the month of April at a trio of meets: the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa (April 25-29), the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational in Provo, Utah (April 28-29) and the Boise State-hosted Border Clash in Boise, Idaho (April 28-29).
The Aggies wrap up the regular outdoor season at the Weber State-hosted Twilight Meet on May 3-4 in Ogden, Utah.
Utah State begins outdoor postseason competition when the Aggies host the MW Championships on May 10-13.
“You saw the results of how we put on the NCAA Cross Country Regional Championships and it’s always exciting for the athletes to be at home and have family there supporting without having to travel much,” Gensel said. “They’re more comfortable with the facilities and all of those things add up to having fun and having success. It’s a lot of work to host, but if it’s anything like the cross country championships, we’ll have lots of support from the administration and we appreciate that.”
Utah State student-athletes who qualify for postseason competition will participate in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Austin, Texas. The event runs from May 25-27. The pinnacle of the outdoor season, the NCAA Finals, will be held June 7-10 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
At last year’s MW Outdoor Championships, the USU men again finished runner-up to Air Force with 176 points, while the women improved on their indoor showing by placing sixth with 59.50 points.
Utah State sent a school-record-tying 20 student-athletes to the NCAA West Prelims, including 13 men and seven women. Eight of those Aggies, which tied another school record, advanced to the Outdoor Finals.
Maci Bingham placed 15th in the women’s hammer throw with a mark of 60.44m (198-03) to cap her stellar collegiate career by earning second-team All-American honors. She was the first Aggie women’s thrower to earn All-American accolades since Krista Larson (hammer) in 2009.
On the opening day of the 2016 Outdoor Finals, Bluth earned second-team All-American honors in the 200m. He also earned second-team All-American honors in the 4x400m relay, along with Brady Martin, Cole Lambourne and AJ Boully.
Boully also placed 20th in the 400m hurdles, while Clay Lambourne finished 22nd in the semifinals of the 800m (1:52.31) and Dillon Maggard took 23rd in the semifinals of the 1,500m, as those three all earned honorable mention All-American honors.
Boully, Maggard, Martin and Clay Lambourne all return for the Aggies this season.
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2017 UTAH STATE INDOOR TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE
|Jan. 13-14||at Ed Jacoby Invitational (Nampa, Idaho)|
|Jan. 20||at Montana State (Bozeman, Mont.)|
|Jan. 27-28||at Washington Invitational (Seattle, Wash.)|
|Jan. 28||at New Mexico Team Challenge (Albuquerque, N.M.)|
|Feb. 3-4||at Jacksons/New Balance Invitational (Nampa, Idaho)|
|Feb. 10-11||at Don Kirby Invitational (Albuquerque, N.M.)|
|Feb. 10-11||at Husky Classic (Seattle, Wash.)|
|Feb. 11||at Boise State Team Challenge (Nampa, Idaho)|
|Feb. 23-25||at Mountain West Championships (Albuquerque, N.M.)|
|March 10-11||at NCAA Championships (College Station, Texas)|
2017 UTAH STATE OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD SCHEDULE
|March 17-18||at UC Irvine Invitational (Irvine, Calif.)|
|March 29-April 1||at Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays (Austin, Texas)|
|March 31-April 1||at Stanford Invitational (Stanford, Calif.)|
|April 7||at Utah Spring Classic (Salt Lake City, Utah)|
|April 8||at Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational
(Los Angeles, Calif.)
|April 13-15||at Mt. SAC Relays (Torrance, Calif.)|
|April 14-15||MARK FALDMO INVITATIONALS (LOGAN, UTAH)|
|April 25-29||at Drake Relays (Des Moines, Iowa)|
|April 28-29||at Clarence Robison Invitational (Provo, Utah)|
|April 28-29||at Boise State Border Clash (Boise, Idaho)|
|May 3-4||at Weber State Twilight Meet (Ogden, Utah)|
|May 10-13||MW CHAMPIONSHIPS (LOGAN, UTAH)|
|May 25-27||at NCAA West Prelims (Austin, Texas)|
|June 7-10||at NCAA Finals (Eugene, Ore.)|
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