The Fast Track to Success

by Morgan Olsen

Utah State men and women ran for records as they competed at the Ed Jacoby Invitational in Nampa, Idaho this weekend.

“It was a great start to the season,” said USU track-and-field head coach Gregg Gensel in a press release. “We saw improvements with our veterans over how they started at this same time last year. We also had some great performances from our underclassmen.”

Runners from every class found success as they competed in their first indoor meet of the season.

Senior AJ Boully swept the 60m hurdles in gazelle-like fashion with a time of 7.99 seconds, finishing in first place. Boully’s team (Junior Elliot Willis-Orlando, Sophomore Nick Ashby, and Freshman Michael Bluth) finished runner-up in the men’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:17.69 – only .30 seconds behind the winning team who finished at 3:17.39. This winning team, also from Utah State, was made up of juniors Joshua Gordon, Brady Martin, and Landon Watts, along with freshman Dallin Tycksen.

It wasn’t just the Aggie men who ran like they were running with the bulls this weekend. The women also excelled in their relays, with sophomores Kaylie King and Alyssa Hirschi, and freshmen Aspen Drecksel and Niki Xydona taking first place with a time of 3:58.86.

Utah State track and field teams continue their indoor season next Friday, January 20, at the Montana State Invitational. Shortly thereafter, the Mountain West Indoor Championships will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on February 23-25, followed by the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, on March 10-11.

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