Sadi Henderson clocked a 2:02.33 in the 800m at the Portland Track Festival Sunday night to all but solidify her spot at the USATF Outdoor Championships
Sadi Henderson (women's 800m) and Bryce Kirby (men's 100m) both won conference titles and the men's team led the way with a strong fifth-place team performance on the final day of the league championships
Sadi Henderson obliterated the 800m school record - also good for the fourth-fastest 800m time in Mountain West history - with a time of 2:05.71 to set the tone for the Broncos on day two of the Ed Jacoby Invitational
Head coach Corey Ihmels announced the hiring of assistant coach Pat McCurry and the addition of volunteer assistant coaches Justin Graff and Andrew Green on Monday
Pat McCurry made a huge impact on the Bronco middle distance contingent in his first year with Boise State, best shown through Sadi Henderson’s breakout redshirt sophomore season in 2017 that included two All-America honors in the 800m at the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Track and Field Championships.
McCurry’s training regimen helped Henderson attain both the indoor 800m (2:04.01) and outdoor 800m (2:02.33) school records, along with the indoor and outdoor 800m conference titles.
The entire middle distance group benefitted from McCurry, who will now be entering his second year at Boise State after a 13-year stint as the head coach of the College of Idaho men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs. While at the College of Idaho, McCurry guided the women’s track and field team to four-consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships from 2013-16.
Now a Bronco, McCurry coaches the middle distances and oversese the throwers and vertical jumpers for track and field, along with assisting the cross country team.
He led 153 C of I track and field athletes to All-CCC honors and 69 to individual championships. In addition, four cross country athletes earned individual conference titles under his guidance.
Most notably, he helped Hillary Holt to nine individual NAIA national championships between cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. Other Yotes to win national titles include Sora Klopfenstein (3,000m steeplechase), Sarah Johnson (5,000 meters) and Tiana Thomas (400-meter hurdles).
On the national stage, McCurry led the men’s cross country team to 10 NAIA Championship appearances including a seventh-place finish in 2015. The women’s cross country team enjoyed similar success, having qualified for eighth-straight NAIA Championships (2008-15) and two runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013.
McCurry also guided the men’s and women’s track and field teams to countless NAIA Championship appearances. The women’s team finished third in indoor track and field and sixth in outdoor track and field during the 2014 season. The men’s best year came in 2013 when they finished 13th nationally in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Prior to coaching at C of I, McCurry was an assistant coach at Eastern Oregon. He helped his alma mater to a national runner-up finish at the 2002 NAIA Men’s Cross Country Championships.
McCurry has also coached several post-collegiate athletes over the last few years, including three elite women's steeplechasers. He guided Alycia Butterworth to a spot on the Canadian team for the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Former Bronco Marisa Howard had a banner 2017 season running a personal best of 9:30, which ranked her fifth among American steeplers. Megan Rolland finished seventh at the 2016 Olympic Trials and eighth this past year at the USATF Outdoor National Championships.
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