Amy Menlove, an All-Around Natural

After clinching the long jump title at the MWC Indoor Championships, freshman Amy Menlove will be looking to claim the title once again at the upcoming MWC Outdoor Championships May 12-15 in Las Vegas.

For freshman Amy Menlove, track and field just comes naturally.

After four successful track seasons at Alta High School, Amy has made a definite impact on the BYU women's track squad with two regional-qualifying marks in the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles this outdoor season.

Although Amy is no stranger to the 100-meter dash, she has never competed in the 100m hurdles or any hurdles event before coming to BYU.

"I have never done hurdles before," she confessed. "I never did them in high school. They can be pretty fun, but sometimes, they're really frustrating."

She also has top times in the 100 meters, the 200-meter dash and is a vital leg of the Cougar's 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams.

After clinching the first place in the long jump at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships with a jump of 6.20m, Amy will be looking to claim the long jump title once again at the MWC Outdoor Championships in Las Vegas, May 12-15.

At the Robison Invitational this season, she jumped a season-best mark with a distance of 6.19m (20-03.75), which is currently the top distance in the conference, and was the top collegiate finisher in the 100m hurdles with a regional-qualifying time of 13.73.

The transition from high school to the collegiate level can be a challenging step for most student athletes, but in Amy's case, it couldn't have been any easier.

"I had a very smooth transition from high school track to BYU track," Amy said. "The main difference I think is the amount of training you do. Although I loved track in high school, I think it's a lot better now because you know where you are and learn to have more control over your body."

The academic side of college life also has been a good experience for Amy.

"I like that I can choose what classes I take and when to take them," she said. "Plus, campus life is a lot more fun."

At Alta, Amy captured the state title in the long jump and 100 meters her sophomore junior and senior years and still holds the high school state record in the long jump.

If that's not enough medals, she also was the state champion in the 200-meter dash, the 400-meter dash, and a member of two state champion 4x100m relay teams.

With her talent, attitude and work ethic, Amy will only continue to increase her collection of track and field medals and honors as she finishes her freshman outdoor season as a strong competitor on the BYU women's track team.

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