Track and field looks to continue success at home

Successful performances the past several weeks have only left Boise State’s track and field teams hungry for more heading into the Bronco Invitational.

“I don’t know if you are ever where you really want to be,” Track & Field head coach Corey Ihmels said. “We’re in a good spot, but we’re still learning how to do things the right way. Once we learn how to do things the right way, technique wise, we’ll make even bigger strides.”

This will be the third consecutive week the Broncos remain home. They will host the meet at Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho.

Jacksons Indoor is one of the few indoor tracks on the West Coast, and typically brings in top tier competition from the Division I, II, III and NAIA level.

Teams slated to compete are Northwest Nazarene University, the top ranked Division II team in the West Region; College of Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Utah State.

Ihmels is expecting to see more improvements from the throwers—one of the strongest units on the Boise State squad—especially against Utah State.

“I thought the throws have been (good thus far),” Ihmels said. “We’ve had some solid performances and a good lineup with the throwers so far.”

All-American Matt Post will get a shot at competing against Utah State’s dominant duo of Michael Cardinal and Kevin Allen for the second time this season in the weight throw.

Post bested Cardinal and Allen the first time, taking third in the weight throw at the Jacksons/NB Boise Indoor Invite with a heave of 18.20 meters.

Ihmels, in his first year at Boise State, has also enjoyed being able to watch the Broncos sprinters compete. Also serving as the cross country coach, Ihmels had an idea of what he had from his distance runners from the fall season, but most of the sprinters were an unknown.

The results have been impressive so far — especially from Mackenzie Flannigan and Jordin Andrade.

Flannigan has been nothing shy of dominant in the short sprints, winning both 200-meter and 400-meter races thus far this season.

Andrade, on the other hand, has been competitive in the 400-meters in preparation for his primary event outdoors: the 400-meter hurdles.

The 400-meter hurdle race is not run indoors.

“Andrade is coming along very nicely,” Ihmels said.

The Bronco Invitational will be held this Saturday with races starting at 9 a.m. and will run all day.

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