Perry's 4:02.56 mile time, eight seconds faster than any other athlete in his heat of 10 runners, is also the fastest in the conference to date. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Kyle Perry -- Men's Track and Field -- Junior -- Sandy, Utah
Despite not running for BYU's cross country team in the fall, BYU junior Kyle Perry is showing he's in fine shape and ready to compete at the national level. At the Conference Challenge in Lincoln, Neb., Perry ran the fourth-fastest mile time in the nation so far this season according to trackshark.com. Perry's 4:02.56 mile time, a whole eight seconds faster than any other athlete in his heat of 10 runners, is also the fastest in the conference to date. The mark also provisionally qualifies him for nationals.
This is Perry's second national provisional mark of the season. At the Cougar Indoor Invitational on Jan. 12, Perry ran a blistering altitude-adjusted 8:04.44 in the 3,000 meters. According to trackshark.com, Perry's time is the seventh fastest in the nation.
Carlee Clark-Platt -- Women's Track and Field -- Senior -- Bozeman, Mont.
Carlee Clark-Platt competed in the Conference Challenge and the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26, running the fastest 800-meter and mile times in the conference so far this season. She ran a 2:09.78 in the 800 meters at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invitational, beating the other runners in her heat by more than 12 seconds, and a 4:55.12 in the mile at the Conference Challenge. Platt's 800-meter time is just .38 seconds from a national provisional mark.
At last year's MWC Championships, Clark-Platt broke the MWC Indoor Championship record and Albuquerque Convention Center record in the 800 meters with her time of 2:09.43 and was part of the MWC Indoor Championship and Albuquerque Convention Center record-setting distance medley relay team that finished in 11:37.96 at the MWC Indoor Championships.
Trent Plaisted -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- San Antonio, Texas
Junior forward/center Trent Plaisted recorded back-to-back double-double performances last week while helping BYU achieve victories over San Diego State and New Mexico. The 6-foot-11 native of San Antonio, Texas, averaged 15.0 points and 12.0 rebounds while adding 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocked shots and 1.0 steals per game.
Plaisted recorded a team-leading 17 points and game-best 11 rebounds to help BYU hand San Diego State its first defeat in five league games on Wednesday. With BYU trailing at the break, Plaisted scored the first six points of the second half to turn the 28-27 halftime deficit into a 33-28 Cougar lead. The Cougar center totaled 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist in his 17 second-half minutes to lead BYU to the hard-fought 59-56 win over the Aztecs, marking the first time in four games this year that BYU has come back after trailing at the half to earn the win.
Helping BYU earn a home sweep for the week, Plaisted delivered his sixth double-double game of the season with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds against New Mexico on Saturday. Contributing across the box score, Plaisted dished out three assists while adding a blocked shot and a steal in the 83-66 Cougar victory. With his effort, Plaisted posted back-to-back double-double outings for the first time since recording double-digit points and rebounds against then-No. 6 Louisville and then No. 1 North Carolina in late November.
Dolly Chang -- Women's Tennis -- Senior -- Taipei, Taiwan
Dolly Chang finished the weekend with a combined 4-0 singles and doubles record, despite BYU's 0-2 road trip. In BYU's 4-3 loss against Washington State, the Taiwan native handily defeated Marina Nicolas, 6-2, 6-4. She was one of only two Cougars to win their respective singles match.
On Saturday, BYU struck first at No. 2 doubles, with Chang and Kristina Doerr handing Washington's Venise Chan and Kelsey Anonsen their first loss of the year, 8-5. For the second day in a row, Chang was one of only two Cougars to win their singles matches, posting an impressive 5-7, 6-1, (10-6) come-from-behind victory against the Huskies' Vanja Radunovic.
Travis Price -- Men's Swimming -- Senior -- Mesa, Ariz.
Travis Price helped BYU stay unblemished in MWC competition this past week as the Cougars won twice on the road versus Air Force and Wyoming. In both meets, Price took first place in two individual events -- 200 and 500 freestyle. First against the Falcons, Price posted times of 1:41.16 and 4:42.23 in the 200 and 500 free, respectively, while against the Cowboys he finished the 200 free with a time of 1:41.93 and he touched the wall first in the 500 free with a time of 4:44.21. Price is the current MWC top-time holder in the 200 free this season. Price was also the anchor leg for the Cougars in both of their freestyle relays that took first place against Air Force and Wyoming.
Aleesha Miller -- Women's Swimming -- Freshman -- Mesa, Ariz.
Aleesha Miller helped the Cougars continue their perfect MWC record with contributions toward BYU victories over Air Force and Wyoming. Miller individually won both of the events she was entered in against Wyoming. In the 50 freestyle, she finished with a time of 24.00, while in the 100 free Miller won with a time of 52.09 against the Cowgirls. Miller was also the anchor leg on the winning BYU 200 medley relay team that finished with a time of 1:46.87. Against Air Force, Miller also swam the final leg of the first-place 400 medley relay team that finished in 3:57.94.