The Cougars have completed another incredible year in track with successful finishes in both the indoor and outdoor season with the help of All-Americans Michaela Mannova and Kassi Andersen in the steeplechase.
PROVO -- After four Mountain West Conference titles this year, the men's and women's track teams have continued their tradition of excellence during the 2004 indoor and outdoor seasons and have earned 18 All-American citations.
2004 Women's Indoor Season Review
The BYU women's indoor track and field team continued its dominance in the Mountain West Conference by taking their fifth straight title. At the national level, the Cougars finished nineteenth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas earning eight All-American rankings from seven athletes.
BYU Records Fall
Four BYU records were broken during the indoor season: the 800m, 3,000m, triple jump, and pole vault. Junior Aneta Lemiesz maintained her spot as the school record holder in the 800m, but shaved 2.67 seconds off her time, dropping the school record from 2:08.60 to 2:05.93. Senior distance runner Michaela Mannova also improved her school record in the 3,000m from 9:11.61 to 9:04.06. Freshman Kamila Rywelsk broke the long-standing six year school triple jump record with a jump of 43' 7.75", a 7 1/4" improvement over the old record. Rounding out the record breaking group was senior Alicia Thompson who improved one inch over the old record of that had been standing since 2000 with a jump of 12' 4.50".
In Colorado Springs, Colo. the Cougar women won their fourteenth consecutive conference championship and continued their streak as the only team to have won the Indoor Mountain West Conference Championships. In the 60m Hurdles, freshman Amy Menlove finished third behind senior teammate Miriam Fisher, with the duo bringing in fourteen points. Melove also contributed ten points with a first place finish in the long jump with a leap of 20-04.25/6.205m. Sophomore Kamila Rywelska contributed thirteen points with high finishes in both the long and triple jumps. Junior Liis Berendsen scored for BYU with twenty-one points from the long and triple jumps as well as a second place finish in the pentathlon. Juniors Kassi Andersen and Jennifer Rockwell also placed well for the Cougars with Andersen bringing sixteen points from the 800m and the mile and Rockwell earning twelve points in the 60m, 200m, and the 400m. Senior Laura Turner brought home eighteen points from the 3,000m and 5,000m while senior Michaela Mannova, top conference scorer for BYU rounded out the group with twenty-eight points from first place finishes in the mile and 3,000m.
In addition to earning the team MWC Championship Title, two Cougars brought home three additional awards. Freshman Amy Menlove was awarded the MWC Female Freshman of the Year and Senior Michaela Mannova earned the Female High Point Award and the Female Outstanding Performance Award for the conference.
NCAA Indoor Championships
At the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, all seven female athletes who competed earned All-American status. BYU Distance Medley Relay Team, comprised of Kassi Andersen, Jennifer, Rockwell, freshman Julie Cameron (in her first ever competition for BYU), and Michaela Mannova, took sixth place after heading up against the nation's best. Mannova also brought in an eighth place finish in the 3,000m with a time of 9:14.14, dding an additional point to the overall team score. Junior Lindsey Metcalf had a fifth place finish in the high jump (5-11.25/1.81m) and freshman Kamila Rywelska topped out the group with a sixth place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 43-06/13.26m, adding four points to make the final team score eleven points placing the Cougars nineteenth overall.
Throughout the indoor season the women's team was consistently ranked tenth overall in the Trackwire national rankings. Helping to achieve this top ranking was distance runner Micheala Mannova who received the Mountain Regional Athlete Award and Head Coach Craig Poole who was named the Mountain Regional Coach.
2004 Men's Indoor Season Review
The BYU men's track and field team continued to show its dominance in the 2004 indoor season. In the Mountain West Conference, the men's team brought home their second consecutive team title putting their total at twenty over the last thirty-four years and making it their fourth conference title in five years. At the national level, the men placed tenth, the best finish they've had since 1991. In addition to their top ten finish, the team also earned the second highest point total in their history at nationals with nineteen points and four athletes earning All-American status.
At the conference level, the Cougars turned in several top performances in addition to an entire team effort to bring home the Mountain West Conference Title. In the sprints senior Matt Rowe along with sophomores Nathan Soelberg and Paul Smith and junior David Chesser brought in points in the 60m, 200m and 400m in addition to a first place finish in the 4x400yard relay. The men's 800m team also turned in a strong performance with third, fifth, and eighth place finishes. Junior Nathan Robison added ten more points when he crossed the finish line first in the one mile. The team's Distance Medley Relay comprised of sophomore Josh McAdams, senior Greg Flint, senior Rich Evanson, and junior Nathan Robison, also turned in a winning performance.
In the field events, the Cougars continued to dominate with a one and three finish in the pole vault from sophomore Robison Pratt and junior Trent Powell respectively with a ninth place finish by senior Curtis Pugsley who also placed second in the long jump. Also competing in the jumps, junior Rodrigo Mendes and sophomore Matt Anderson finished first and third in the triple jump respectively, as well as scoring points in the long jump behind Pugsley. In the throws, the Arrhenius brothers finished first and fourth in the shot put, with freshman Niklas Arrhenius tossing eleven points into the pile after finishing first in the shot with a throw of 65' 4" and eighth in the thirty-five pound weight throw. Topping out the group were heptathletes freshman Chris Weirich, senior Devin Howe, and junior Devin Scoresby who finished fifth, sixth, and seventh.
Adding to the team's trophy case, Niklas Arrhenius brought home the MWC Male Freshman of the Year Award from his stellar performance in the shot put and weight throws.
NCAA Indoor Championships
At the Indoor Championships, the Cougar men had an excellent showing. Senior Curtis Pugsley brought home a fifth place finish in the heptathlon with 5629 points, a new personal record for him in only his second time ever competing in a full collegiate heptathlon, bringing the Cougars four points to their nineteen point total. Junior, Nathan Robison, after winning his heat in the prelims, finished second in the mile with a time of 4:01.99. Powell and Pratt, the pole vault duo, tied for ninth, one step away from scoring for the Cougars. In other field events, junior Rodrigo Mendes finished sixth in the triple jump with a leap of 52-00/15.85m while freshman Niklas Arrhenius brought in five points from a fifth place finish in the shot put with a toss of 63-6.25/19.36m. In all, the Cougars finished out the weekend's competition having earned four All-American rankings and finished tenth overall as expected throughout the season.
Helping to lead the men's indoor team was Nathan Robison who joined the sub-four-minute, one-mile club midseason. Adding to Robison's performance was his father and men's Head Coach Mark Robison who was named Mountain Region Indoor Coach of the Year. Additionally, last year's track team brought in a stellar recruiting class that has performed well in both the field and distance events. Such athletes include freshman All-American Niklas Arrhenius and freshman Rich Nelson.
2004 Women's Outdoor Season Review
With a talented, young team, the women's outdoor track and field team bounced back from taking second at conference last year to claim its fourth Mountain West Conference outdoor title in the last five years. At the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Cougars finished fifteenth with four All-American citations in three events.
New Distance Record Holders
In true BYU track fashion, the women's distance squad had another outstanding showing this season and clocked two new school records. All-American Kassi Andersen broke her own school record from last year in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA West Regional Championships with a time of 9:44.68. At the Cardinal Invitational, she clocked a 9:48.74 in this event to take first, which was then the fastest collegiate time in the nation. Michaela Mannova, another All-American returning next year, broke Elizabeth Jackson's 2001 school record in the 5,000 meters with a time of 15:49.79 at the Mt. SAC Relays, one of the most prestigious meets in the outdoor season.
In Las Vegas, the Cougar women won its thirteenth conference title in the last 14 outdoor seasons and claimed seven individual titles. In the sprints, junior Jennifer Rockwell contributed 10 points with her fourth place finishes in the 100 meters and 200 meters while sophomore Mary Bennion took fifth in the 400 meters. Dominating the distance races were freshman Julie Cameron and junior Kassi Andersen winning the gold and silver in the 800 meters while Andersen also captured the 1,500 meters title with freshman teammate Anne Heiner taking a close second. In the steeplechase, juniors Lisa Antonelli and Rena Williams and freshmen Amber Harper and Kristy Barrus took four of the top five spots. Junior Michaela Mannova led the distance squad to a first, second and third finish in the 5,000 meters while senior Emily Raymond won the 10,000 meters with three teammates close behind.
The 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams contributed 13 points after finishing fourth and second. Like a repeat of the indoor season, freshman Amy Menlove and sophomore Kamila Rywelska both won the conference title in the long jump and triple jump. Junior Lindsey Metcalf took second in the high jump but contributed eight points with her season best jump of 5-11.75. Along with winning the outdoor conference title, women's coach Craig Poole was named the MWC Coach of the Year.
NCAA West Regional Championships
After taking 51 regional qualifiers to Cal State Northridge, the men's and women's team advanced 25 to the NCAA National Outdoor Championships. Sophomore Kamila Rywelska was the only Cougar to win an individual title when she triple jumped a distance of 42-08 for a first place finish. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Kassi Andersen and Michaela Mannova took second and third behind rival Ida Nilsson of Northern Arizona. Freshman Amy Menlove captured second in the long jump with a jump of 20-02.50 and took fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a season best time of 13.60. In the high jump, junior Lindsey Metcalf took fifth with a jump of 5-10.50.
NCAA National Outdoor Championships
Although the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships began with rain delays, the Cougars came away with four All-American honors in three events, the 3,000m steeplechase, 10,000 meters and high jump. Distance standouts Michaela Mannova and Kassi Andersen took third and fourth place in the 3,000m steeplechase after each winning the national title in 2002 and 2003. Senior Laura Turner claimed her second All-American citation in the 10,000 meters after finishing seventh with a time of 34:56.87. In the greatest women's high jump competition in NCAA history, junior Lindsey Metcalf finished eighth with a lifetime best jump of 6 feet, one-half inch. After finishing fifteenth at nationals, the young BYU women's track team looks to build upon their 2004 post-season experience and continue their success in the upcoming 2005 season.
Junior Lindsey Metcalf and senior Katie Moon were named to the Verizon Academic All-District team while Lindsey also earned Academic All-American honors this year, both sponsored by CoSIDA. The Mountain West Conference honored BYU women's coach Craig Poole as the women's Coach of the Year for the outdoor season.
Lindsey Metcalf - Outdoor high jump
Kassi Andersen - Outdoor 3,000m steeplechase
Michaela Mannova - Outdoor 3,000m steeplechase
Laura Turner - Outdoor 10,000m
NCAA Regional title
Kamila Rywelska - triple jump
Michaela Mannova - Outdoor MWC 5000m title
Amy Menlove - Outdoor MWC long jump title
Kamila Rywelska - Outdoor MWC triple jump title
Julie Cameron - Outdoor MWC 800m title
Kassi Andersen - Outdoor MWC 1500m title
Lisa Antonelli - Outdoor MWC 3000m steeplechase title
Emily Raymond - Outdoor 10000m title
2004 Men's Season Review
With great leadership from many juniors and seniors, the BYU men's track team used their depth across the field to excel this season, winning their seventh consecutive Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championship. After taking third at the West Regional Championships, the Cougars tied for 26th place with three All-American citations.
Mountain West Conference Championships
Finishing in the top three of almost every event, the Cougar men made quite an impact at the conference championships held in Las Vegas. In the sprints, sophomores Nate Soleberg and Paul Smith took the silver and bronze in the 100 meters while Smith also took second in the 200 meters. Senior Matt Rowe took first in the 400 meters,with teammate David Chesser taking third. In the 400-meter hurdles, senior veteran Greg Flint claimed first while junior Lars Kjerengtroen and senior Chad Simkins captured second and third in the 800 meters. The distance squad dominated the MWC once again with juniors Nathan Robison and Bryan Lindsay taking first and second in the 1,500 meters. Junior Matt Adams and sophomore Josh McAdams also had a one-two finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
In the 4x400 meter relay, the Cougars took first and also took second in the 4x100 meter relay. Many first places by the BYU men's team came in the field events including Robbie Pratt in the pole vault, Rodrigo Mendes in the triple jump, Matt Hickman in the javelin and Curtis Pugsley in the decathlon. The Arrhenius brothers tackled the competition in the throwing events with Niklas winning the shot put and discus title and Dan taking second in the discus and third in the shot put.
NCAA West Regional Championships
After a strong performance at the regional meet at Cal State Northridge, the Cougars took third place and qualified many athletes for the NCAA National Championships. After a very close finish, junior Lars Kjerengtroen barely took fifth place by one-thousandth of a second for an automatic bid to nationals. In the 1,500 meters, juniors Nathan Robison and Bryan Lindsay captured the gold and silver once again at regionals. Junior Matt Adams and sophomore Josh McAdams claimed trips to nationals with their third and fourth place finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase while senior Greg Flint took third and junior Kansas Whitear took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. In the field events, sophomore Robbie Pratt took second in the pole vault while junior Rodrigo Mendes also placed second in the triple jump. In the discus, freshman Niklas Arrhenius took second while older brother Dan Arrhenius placed fourth. Niklas also qualified for nationals in the shot put with his top throw from the MWC Championships.
NCAA National Outdoor Championships
Although the BYU men's team tied for 26th place at nationals, they did earn three All-American citations with the stellar performances from Nathan Robison, Niklas Arrhenius and Matt Adams. After winning the NCAA Indoor mile title earlier this year, junior Nathan Robison ran a near perfect race in the 1,500 meters but took a close second with a time of 3:44.94 behind Chris Mulvaney of Arkansas. After winning the Mountain West Conference Outdoor title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Matt Adams received his first All-American citation at Nationals with his eighth place finish with a time of 8:59.11. With two MWC Freshman of the Year awards this season, young standout Niklas Arrhenius earned his second All-American citation of his career with a throw of 188 feet, two inches to clinch seventh place in the discus. In the decathlon, senior Curtis Pugsley took tenth place, only 50 points away from another All-American citation. The Cougars will look to improve next season's national finishes with so many athletes coming back for the 2005 season.
Senior Chad Simkins was named to the Verizon Academic All-District first team after posting a 3.84 GPA in accounting. Freshman Niklas Arrhenius was given the Freshman of the Year and an Outstanding Performance Award at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships while sophomore Robbie Pratt also received an Outstanding Performance Award. BYU men's coach Mark Robison was named as the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year for the outdoor season.
Nathan Robison - Outdoor 1,500m
Matt Adams - Outdoor 3,000 meter steeplechase
Niklas Arrhenius - Outdoor discus
Nik Arrhenius - Outdoor Shot Put and Discus title
Robbie Pratt - Outdoor Pole vault title
Matt Rowe - Outdoor 400m title
Nathan Robison - Outdoor MWC 1,500m title
Matt Adams - Outdoor MWC 3,000m steeplechase title
Greg Flint - Outdoor MWC 400m hurdles title
Rowe, Flint, Paul Smith, David Chesser - Outdoor MWC 4x400m relay title
Rodrigo Mendes - Outdoor MWC triple jump title
Matt Hickman - Outdoor MWC javelin title
Curtis Pugsley - Outdoor MWC decathlon title