Utah State's track and field teams will travel to Nampa, Idaho, this weekend to compete at the Boise State-hosted Jackson's/Nike Boise Indoor Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2.
The Aggies competed at the Ford Idaho Center earlier this year at the Bronco Invite and collected 11 event titles and 53 top-five finishes.
So far this year, senior thrower Brenn Flint has finished in at least second place in all three meets in the shot put, including a first-place toss of 15.91 meters at the season-opening Bronco Invite. Junior Maia Garren has finished in the top four in all three competitions, including placing first in the shot put with a mark of 15.57 meters at the Montana State Dual Meet.
The women distance runners have also had a strong early season, as senior Cierra Simmons-Mecham broke her own school record in the 3,000-meter race last week, while senior Alyssa Snyder and junior Grace Gibbons now rank ninth and 10th in the 3,000 meters, respectively.
Sophomore Bailee Parker improved her 5,000-meter time, which is currently sixth on USU's all-time list, while senior Presli Hutchison is now 10th on the all-time list in the 5,000 meters. The distance medley relay quartet of Simmons-Mecham, senior Megan Ryan, junior Melanie Muncy and sophomore Karen Christensen recorded a program indoor record time of 11:37.89 at last week's UW Invitational.
In the field, senior Jennifer Christensen landed herself in the all-time top-10 list on the high jump, clearing 1.75 meters two weeks ago at the MSU Dual Meet. Sophomore Bailey Maseda is now ranked ninth in USU history in the triple jump after her personal-best leap of 11.43 meters at the same meet.
On the men's side, junior Luke Beattie is one of two male athletes to appear in the top 20 this season in the NCAA as he is ranked 15th in the 5,000 meters with a personal-best time of 14:08.78, while senior Sam Nelson sits 16th in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 5.25 meters. Senior James Withers also performed well in Seattle at the Washington Invitational, as his 5,000-meter time of 14:19.61 put him behind Beattie for fourth all-time in the 5,000. Junior Luke Bailey is coming off a stellar performance in the 3,000-meter run, as he sits third on the all-time indoor program list with a time of 8:06.20 after his performance at the Washington Invitational.Comment on this story
The Aggies are very comfortable in Nampa, as Karen Christensen won the 600-meter run at the Bronco Invite, while senior Katie Struthers and sophomore Bailee Parker took the mile and 3,000-meter crown, respectively. In the field, Jennifer Christensen claimed the high jump title at the same meet.
For the men, junior Dylan Barker claimed the 600-meter title, Bailey took home the 3,000-meter crown, freshman Chandler Obray claimed the high jump title with a personal-best leap of 2.05 meters, freshman Roman Ruiz won the pole vault, sophomore Josh Barclay secured the shot put, junior Kyle Morris claimed the weight throw crown and the 4x400-meter relay quartet of junior Chad Artist, freshman Mikhail Kidd, junior Tyler Lloyd and freshman Spencer Eldridge placed first with a time of 3:20.74.