(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)
PROVO, Utah—After a few weeks of training, short distance runners, jumpers and throwers head to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Track and Field Classic on Feb. 5-6.
After breaking many personal records last weekend, the long distance runners will have the week off to train. This weekend will feature athletes starting from the 400-meters down to the jumpers and throwers of the team.
“Sometimes when you get in the heat of things competing and running every week, you lose a little bit of fitness,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “Sometimes you just need to hunker down, spend a week at home, get in some good training and then come back every couple weeks. Usually after you see that, you can expect good things to happen at the end of two weeks or so of training."
Eyestone is looking forward to having the athletes compete in a great facility and run on a track similar to the NCAA championships later in the season. He looks forward to big performances from the high jumpers and pole-vaulters.
“The high jumpers have been looking good. Andrea Stapleton, our amazing freshman, she’s come very close to hitting marks that might get her close to the NCAA meets. We want her to have another nice meet,” Eyestone said.
Stapleton jumped a personal best of 1.76 meters at the Texas A&M Invitational. At the last three meets Stapleton has competed in, she has placed in the top three.
Other female athletes to watch for at this meet include Kaylee Packham (sprints), Kensey Berry (sprints), Nicole Naatjes (pole-vault) and Anginae Monteverde (pole vault).
Naatjes and Monteverde are both ranked in the top 50 for the pole vault in the 2016 NCAA Division I rankings.
Eyestone said they expect great things from Monteverde, it’s just a matter of her getting more reps in the upcoming meet.
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