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Artie Gulden
Head Cross Country Coach/Distance

Artie Gulden, a former distance runner at Bucknell University, is in his first year as an assistant head cross country coach at Utah State. His main responsibility with the Aggies is working with the distance runners.

Gulden comes to Utah State after spending the previous two seasons at Idaho State, where he worked with the Bengals’ distance runners.

During his time at Idaho State, Gulden coached Kylie Hutchison, who earned all-Big Sky Conference and all-Mountain Region honors last season. He also coached Kylie’s younger sister, Presli, who qualified for the USATF Junior Championships in the 5,000 meters.

Prior to joining the staff at Idaho State, Gulden coached at Highland High School in Pocatello, Idaho, during the 2012-13 season. He also coached at the Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Ala., during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Gulden is the son of legendary Bucknell cross country and track & field head coach Art Gulden, who coached the Bison for 31 years before passing away in the spring of 2001 due to complications related to his lengthy battle with cancer. Bucknell captured 68 conference titles under Art Gulden.

Gulden earned his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell in 2003. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in urban and historical geography from Wisconsin (2005) and a second master’s degree in business administration from BYU (2008).

Gulden, who is originally from Lewisburg, Pa., served a two-year LDS Church Mission to Utah, where he served three months on the campus of Utah State in 1999. He and his wife, Andrea, have one son, AJ (11), and two daughters, Allie (9) and Anna (6).

Sarah Griggs
Assistant Cross Country / Track & Field Coach

Sarah Griggs is in her third year as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Utah State, helping coach the Aggie distance runners.

In 2016, Griggs helped coach Dillon Maggard, who earned the school’s third cross country All-America honor – the second on the men’s side – as he placed 12th with a time of 30:03.9 in the men’s 10-kilometer race at the NCAA Cross Country National Championships.

Maggard qualified for nationals by placing eighth with a time of 31:02.20 at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships, where he helped the Aggie men finish eighth (out of 17) in the team standings with 230 points. The native of Kirkland, Wash., also earned first-team all-conference accolades after placing fourth with a time of 24:08.10 at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships. He led the men to a fourth-place team finish with 131 points.

Two other Aggies were recognized for their performances at the MW Cross Country Championships. Kashley Carter earned second-team all-conference accolades for the second consecutive year as she placed eighth with a time of 20:45.20, while Luke Beattie was named the MW Men’s Freshman of the Year after placing 35th with a time of 24:47.30.

Griggs was the team manager for Utah State’s cross country and track & field teams during the 2014-15 season.

Prior to Utah State, Griggs was the team manager for BYU’s track & field program during the 2013-14 season. She also worked with the women’s distance team during that year.

In 2013, Griggs was the team manager when both of BYU’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The men placed fourth, while the women finished 28th.

Griggs earned her bachelor’s degree in science, exercise and wellness from BYU in 2014 and she is now working on her master’s degree in social work.

The native of Colorado Springs, Colo., was a member of the track & field, cross country and basketball teams at Thomas B. Doherty High School, where she earned a combined seven letters. She was a team captain for both her basketball and track & field teams.

Griggs, who is the youngest of six children, served an LDS Church Mission in Nicaragua from 2011-13.

Matt Ingebritsen
Director of Track & Field and Cross Country/Head Track & Field Coach - Throws

Matt Ingebritsen (pronounced Ing-a-brit-sin) is in his third season as the director of Utah State’s track & field and cross country programs. Ingebritsen, who also serves as the head track & field coach, is in his 16th season overall with the Aggies. He works specifically with USU’s throwers, who have combined for seven All-America honors, 21 conference titles and 100 all-conference accolades under his tutelage.
 
The 2019 campaign was highlighted by Sindri Gudmundsson earning first-team All-American honors for the third-consecutive year in the javelin. He recorded a season-best throw of 73.92 meters (250-06) at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships to place fourth.
 
Gudmundsson became Utah State’s first three-time first-team All-American in one event since former U.S. Olympian James Parker in 2001 (hammer). Gudmundsson, who placed sixth in 2017 and third in 2018 at the Outdoor Finals, was ranked 12th nationally heading into the NCAA Outdoor Finals.
 
Gudmundsson earned his spot in the finals by placing first at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships with a heave of 73.68 meters (241-8). Prior to that, he claimed his third-straight javelin title and the fourth-straight overall for the Aggies at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.
 
A trio of Utah State student-athletes earned 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country honors, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). On the women’s side, Kashley Carter and Tylee Skinner were tabbed to the first and second teams, respectively, while Stokton Smith earned first-team accolades on the men’s side. Carter was also named an Academic All-American.
 
Senior distance runner Cierra Simmons-Mecham placed 20th in the semifinals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas. The native of Soda Springs, Idaho, crossed the finish line at Mike A. Myers Stadium in 10 minutes, 23.90 seconds, and earned honorable mention All-American honors by doing so.
 
Six school records were set between the indoor and outdoor campaigns – four on the women’s side and two on the men’s side. Furthermore, Utah State had 71 track athletes earn academic all-Mountain West honors, while 47 athletes were named MW Scholar-Athletes. Furthermore, 15 track athletes garnered USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete honors.
 
The 2018 season saw the Aggies tie Penn State for 18th place (15 points) in the men’s team standings at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Finals. It marked the sixth time in program history that Utah State finished in the top-20 at a national meet. It also proved to be USU’s best team showing since it also tied for 18th in 2001.
 
Simmons-Mecham scored one point for Utah State’s women’s team at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Finals by placing eighth and earning first-team All-American honors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 9 minutes, 49.33 seconds. It was the first time a student-athlete scored team points at a meet of this magnitude for the USU women since Jennifer Twitchell placed fifth in the mile during the 2007 indoor campaign.
 
After a school-record 22 Aggies qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships during the 2018 campaign, six advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Finals, where Spencer Fehlberg (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Clay Lambourne (800 meters) both earned second-team All-American honors, while Brenn Flint (shot put) was an honorable mention All-American.
 
Gudmundsson was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week after breaking his own school record in the javelin with his first throw of the season (80.49 meters/264-1) at that meet. He was also tabbed the Mountain Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
 
The quartet of Lambourne, Maggard, Jordan Beutler and Brady Martin garnered first-team All-American honors by placing fifth in the DMR with a school-record time of 9 minutes, 32.31 seconds at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. Maggard also earned first-team All-American honors by placing fifth in the 3,000 meters, while Lambourne captured second-team All-American honors in the 800 meters.
 
Overall, the men’s team ended the NCAA Indoor Finals with eight points to place 29th, the best team finish since 1977, when Utah State took 21st.
 
While at Utah State, Ingebritsen has coached 13 individual conference champions, who have combined for 21 championships.
 
On the women’s side in 2019, Ingebritsen coached Brenn Flint
 
Brenn Flint to a pair of shot put titles at the Mountain West Indoor and Outdoor Championships. She then went on to earn honorable mention All-America honors in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Finals, recording a throw of 13.72 meters (45-0.25).
 
Flint is the first female thrower under Ingebritsen to garner a pair of All-American honors, also earning honorable mention accolades in 2017. Maci Bingham earned second-team accolades in the hammer after placing 15th with a throw of 60.44 meters (198-3) at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Finals, while Krista Larson remains the only female to earn first-team honors under Ingebritsen, doing so in 2009 in the hammer as she placed ninth with a throw of 58.21 meters (194-03).
 
Under Ingebritsen’s guidance, Wright earned the Mountain West’s highest honor, as he was named the 2017 MW Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first Aggie to win the prestigious award. The accolade is bestowed upon one male and one female in the conference that best exemplify the term “student-athlete” by achieving excellence in academics, athletics and community involvement. Wright was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team and was one of nine USU track & field athletes to earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
 
Overall, eight of the 12 possible throwing school records are held by athletes coached by Ingebritsen.
 
Ingebritsen, who competed for five years at Boise State in the discus, shot put, weight and hammer throws, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social science in 2003. In 2006, he received a master’s of education degree in health, physical education and recreation from Utah State.
 
He is married to Abbey Ingebritsen, who was also a thrower at Boise State and earned a pair of first-team All-American honors. The couple resides in Providence.

Jeramie Murray
Sprints/Hurdles Coach

Jeramie Murray is in his third season as the sprints and hurdles coach at Utah State, where he has coached 19 all-conference performers, four individual Mountain West champions and two All-Americans.
 
During the 2018 campaign, Murray coached Jordan Brandt, who qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships in the 400-meter hurdles. She later went on to place 10th in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:00.82 at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.
 
As a freshman in 2018, Brandt recorded a career-best time of 59.34 in the 400-meter hurdles, which ranks fourth all-time in school history. During the indoor season, Brandt set career-best times of 3:44.34 in the 4x400-meter relay and 11:57.70 in the DMR, which rank seventh and ninth all-time in school history, respectively. Furthermore, she ran a personal best of 8.89 in the 60-meter hurdles, which is tied for ninth all-time in program history.
 
In Murray’s first year at Utah State, the sprint squad had a banner year. AJ Boully capped his stellar Aggie career by earning second-team All-American honors by placing 13th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 50.47 at the NCAA Outdoor Finals. Boully also garnered three first-team all-Mountain West accolades during the outdoor season after placing first in both the 400-meter hurdles and 4x400-meter relay, and second in the 110-meter hurdles, at the Outdoor Championships.
 
Boully also won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 49.58 at the prestigious Texas Relays. Not to be outdone, the 4x400-meter relay team garnered several outstanding victories on the season, winning the Tyson Invitational Open Division in 3:07.23 to set an indoor school record and also winning the Texas Relays University/College division in 3:06.72.
 
The 4x400-meter relay team of Boully, Joshua Gordon, Brady Martin and Michael Bluth also set a Mountain West meet record with a winning time of 3:05.53 at the Outdoor Championships.
 
Prior to coming to Utah State, Murray worked for the city of St. George Races and Events department. During that time, he helped coordinate road races and triathlons, including the St. George Marathon and the Snow Canyon Half.
 
Before working for the city of St. George, Murray spent 15 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Southern Utah, where he worked with the sprinters, hurdlers, relays and jumps/multi event athletes.
 
During his time with the Thunderbirds, Murray mentored 112 all-conference athletes, 66 individual conference champions, three newcomers of the year, four Conference Athletes of the Year, and four All-Americans. Additionally, he assisted in 39 Summit League team titles and in 2009, his athletes set a then-conference meet record in the 4x400 meter relay.
 
Murray was a four-year letterwinner (1992-1996) and two-time all-conference honoree as a sprinter for the Thunderbirds. He graduated from SUU with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and went on to earn a graduate degree in Education in 2000. Murray later earned another graduate degree from SUU in Sports Conditioning & Performance.
 
Murray, a USATF level II certified coach, and his wife, Heather, currently reside in Wellsville. They have a 6-year-old son named Ronan.

 

Erik Rasmussen
Multi-Events/Jumps Coach

Erik Rasmussen is in his third year as the jumps and combined-events coach at Utah State. He has a Level III USATF and a Level V IAAF coaching certification in the jumps.

During the 2018 season, Rasmussen coached a pair of athletes who combined to win four Mountain West titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

Leaugen Fray earned a pair of first-team all-Mountain West honors by winning both the long jump (7.38 meters/24-2.50) and high jump (2.18 meters/7-1.50) titles at the Indoor Championships.

Not to be outdone, Sam Nelson won both an indoor and outdoor Mountain West title in the pole vault. He captured the indoor crown with a personal-best mark of 5.15 meters (16-10.75), which is tied for fourth all-time in school history. He then went on to win the outdoor title with a mark of 5.00 meters (16-4.75).

Fray and Nelson both participated in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships, where Nelson tied for 17th in the first round of the pole vault (5.00 meters/16-4.75). Fray tied for 25th in the high jump with a career-best-tying 2.11 meters (6-11).

Utah State’s jumpers and combined-event athletes set 11 top-10 marks under Rasmussen’s tutelage in 2018.

In his first year at Utah State, Rasmussen coached Fray to an indoor Mountain West title in the long jump and a second-place finish in the high jump. Under his direction, the Aggie jumpers and combined-event athletes set eight top-10 marks in 2017.

Rasmussen arrived at Utah State after four successful years at Eastern Washington, where he coached the jumpers and combined-event athletes to seven school records, 42 top-10 performances, nine individual conference championships, 24 all-conference finishers, and eight qualifiers to the NCAA Preliminary Championships.

Rasmussen was the pole vault coach at BYU from 2008-2012. During his time there, he coached seven All-Americans to 15 appearances at the NCAA National Championship Finals, and 12 pole vaulters to the NCAA Preliminary Championships. At the NCAA Finals, Rasmussen coached two third-place finishers (Bobby Low and Chris Little), and Victor Weirich, who notched fourth-, fifth-and 10th-place finishes.

From 1998-2003, Rasmussen competed for BYU and finished with a personal best of 17-feet, 4.75 inches in the pole vault. His other personal bests include 6,319 points in the decathlon, 5,244 points in the indoor heptathlon, and 23-2.5 in the long jump.

Rasmussen grew up in Modesto, Calif., where he excelled in the pole vault, jumping 17-feet as a senior. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Rome, Italy. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Rasmussen’s wife, Nicole, also competed for the BYU track team. They have two children, Tate (6), and Bo (3).

 

Lindsey Hall
Assistant Coach

Lindsey Hall is in her first season as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Utah State, helping coach the Aggie sprints, jumps, multi-events and distance runners.

Hall joins the program as an assistant coach working with sprints, jumps and multi-events, and serves as the recruiting coordinator.

For the past four seasons, Hall served as a volunteer at her alma mater, helping coach the multi-events, hurdles and jumps. She also was a paid coach at a local track club. During two of those years, she continued training full-time in the heptathlon.

Hall won three pentathlon titles and a high jump title at the Big Sky Championships and in 2011 was the league’s most valuable athlete for indoor track and field. The native of Missoula, Mont., is the co-Big Sky Indoor Championships recorder holder in the pentathlon.

Furthermore, Hall scored the most points of any athlete at a Big Sky Championship meet (43), to go along with 100 career points scored at both the indoor and outdoor championships.

She won the Big Sky Conference heptathlon title as a senior at the Outdoor Championships – her second title – amassing 5,401 points. Her overall collegiate best was 5,604, while her post-collegiate best in the heptathlon is 5,751. As a junior, she was co-outstanding performer at the conference’s outdoor championships.

She has one outdoor javelin title and holds UM’s records in that event (168 feet, 2 inches) as well as the 100-meter hurdles (13.48) and heptathlon (5,604). Indoor-wise, she is the school record holder in the 60-meter hurdles (8.48 seconds) and pentathlon (3,928 points).

Hall became an All-American after placing seventh in the heptathlon at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Following her stellar collegiate career, Hall competed professionally and was a 2015 Team USA Thorpe Cup, which is an international track & field competition between the United States and Germany, representative. Teams are composed of up to seven men and seven women who compete in the decathlon and heptathlon.