SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new era for Sacramento State track & field will start this weekend as the team will compete in its first two indoor competitions under new Director of Track & Field Kenny McDaniel. The Hornets will send four student-athletes to Reno, Nev., for the Pole Vault Summit while the majority of the team will travel to Boise State for the Ed Jacoby Invitational.
The Pole Vault Summit will take place at the Reno Livestock Center and will feature some of the top pole vaulters in the world. Sacramento State will be represented by Tessa Davis and Alana Dickson from the women's team and Quan Phun and Andrew Fowler on the men's side.
"Not only is the Pole Vault Summit a great competition, it's an opportunity for our vaulters to engage with world-class vaulters, learn more about the event and get inspired for the upcoming season. I find it to be one of the most valuable experiences for a pole vaulter," Sacramento State pole vault coach Lizzy Norvell said.
"The four have worked incredibly hard during fall training and are the strongest I've seen them. I expect breakout seasons from all of the returners and am excited to see Andrew Fowler make his Sacramento State debut. He is a very talented athlete and will be one to look out for this season."
The Ed Jacoby Invitational starts with the multi competition on Friday afternoon and the women's weight throw on Friday night. The rest of the meet will take place on Saturday beginning at 9:45 a.m. PT. Sacramento State will send 32 women and 18 men to Jackson's Indoor Track at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. The meet will feature 17 teams, including Boise State, Nevada, Utah and Weber State from NCAA Div. I.
"Our athletes have been working hard all fall preparing for the competition season and now it is upon us and we are very excited about getting started," said assistant coach Kim Graham-Miller who will be guiding the team while McDaniel attends the Pole Vault Summit. "We are anticipating some good opening marks."
The Hornet women were picked to finish second and the men fourth in the Big Sky Preseason Coaches Poll. The women return six student-athletes who finished among the top five at the conference meet in 2018. Among that list is senior Emilia Del Hoyo who was second in the triple jump, third in the pentathlon, fourth in the long jump and also added a sixth-place finish in the 60-hurdles. Sophomore Brittany Patterson was the Big Sky champion in the triple jump and Morgan Jones was third in the weight throw and fifth in the shot put. All three will compete in events this weekend.
Kyle Peterson, who was the Big Sky champion in the weight throw and an NCAA outdoor qualifier in the discus last season, highlights the men's roster. Peterson will compete in both the shot put and weight throw on Saturday. Andrew Stich and Frederick Wagner V, who have both scored for the team in the heptathlon and decathlon will ease their way into the year by taking part in the 60-hurdles and long jump.
The meets start a streak of five consecutive weekends in which Sacramento State will compete during the indoor season. The team will have a pair of meets at Washington sandwiched around a competition in Albuquerque, N.M. The Big Sky Championships will take place on Feb. 21-23 at Montana State.