PROVO, Utah —This weekend the track and field pole-vaulters and high jumpers head to Boise, Idaho and the rest of the team heads to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic.
Coach Ed Eyestone said the Iowa State Classic has historically been a good meet with a lot of good competition and they look forward to having the same thing happen this weekend.
“Overall, we are just looking for season bests and season improvements that help people get into the national meet, and if they don’t get into the national meet then that’s still good because that improvement helps them get ready for the MPSF conference meet in two weeks,” Eyestone said.
Some key athletes to keep an eye out for this weekend include Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton (60-meter hurdles), Shea Martinez-Collinsworth (800 meters), Madelyn Brooks (800-meters), and Kristi Rush (one mile).
Monteverde-Dalton beat her personal record twice last week in the 60-meter hurdles, and Eyestone hopes to have her improve on those times even more this week.
The distance runners have been off for two weeks and look forward to improving their times all around. This includes Rush who ran her personal best in the one mile two weeks ago with a time of 4:44.78.
“We’ve got a very good group of distance and middle distance runners on the women’s side. They are little bit closer in knowing who is going to run what in terms of the DMR (distance medley relay). We’re looking for consistent improvement,” said Eyestone.
This weekend is crucial to the athletes because of the limited number of entries that the team can take to the MPSF conference next week.
“We will be taking our top 27 athletes on the men’s side and top 27 athletes on the women’s side. They really just need to put up good marks to prove that they are in that category to make it,” said Eyestone.