Track and field heads to New Mexico to vault over competition


The men and women’s track and field teams head to New Mexico this weekend to compete in the annual Cherry and Silver Invitational. Competitive schools such as Stanford, California, Colorado State, Houston, New Mexico State, Portland State, San Francisco State and the University of Texas El Paso will be in attendance, giving the Cougars a chance to show what they’ve got.

“We will see who steps up, see what we learned from the first meet, and who will come through for us,” women’s head coach Patrick Shane said.

On both the men and women’s side, the pole vault will be the strongest and most exciting event. Both the men’s and women’s squads have more than two athletes with competitive marks and high expectations.

Junior Braydon Bringhurst has a goal of clearing 17’4″ this weekend.

“There will be some good schools with some good vaulters,” Bringhurst said. “It will be good to have them pushing us hard.”

Other pole vaulters to look out for this weekend are Victor Weirich, Nicole Notches, Kelli Ehardt and Rachel Fisher.

“We expect greater improvements this weekend than we expect all year,” men’s head coach Mark Robison said. “This will be a good meet.”

The Cougars compete on Friday and Saturday indoors, and live results can be found at

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