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.