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WSU track prepares for Wildcat Invite

February 16, 2012

OGDEN — Weber State’s track and field squads are in the stretch run for the Big Sky Conference indoor championships.

The Wildcats conclude their 2012 regular season this week, hosting the Wildcat Indoor Invitational at the Stromberg Multi-Purpose Center on campus.

The shot put and weight throw competition for both men and women will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Weber County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall. The rest of the meet is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, with the field events first, followed by the track events about 2 p.m.

Participants from BYU, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Westminster are expected to attend. The general public is invited to both events. There is no admission charge.

Coach Jim Blaisdell’s women now have 16 athletes qualified in 29 events for next week’s 2012 Big Sky indoor championship, set for Feb. 24-25 in Flagstaff, Ariz.

“Our distance runners will rest this week,” Blaisdell said. “We have a couple of athletes close to qualifying in the high jump, long jump and weight throw, so if they come through this week, that will give us some extra fire power for the conference meet.”

The Wildcat men now have 13 athletes qualified in 21events for the Big Sky meet. Coach Dan Walker says this week he is looking for a couple of more qualifiers and overall improvement.

“If we can get a couple of more sprinters and hurdlers qualified, it would really help us next week,” said Walker. “Ditto goes for our jumpers, high and long. Two to four more qualifiers would give us a great boost.”

In last week’s Bozeman Running Company Open, Mike Hardy established himself as one of the better distance runners in the conference, running a personal best 4:11.74 winning the mile run.

Dustin Martin broke his own WSU freshman record in the 35-pound weight throw with a toss of 58-1.75, the fourth best mark in WSU history.

In the Montana event, Elisa Isakson broke the school record in the women’s pole vault with a leap of 12-6.25. breaking the old mark of 11-08.00 set in 2005 for the Wildcats.