Cougar Track Preps for Regionals

Competing in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay, Greg Flint looks to lead the Cougar men to another strong finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships.

PROVO -- After winning both a men's and women's Mountain West Conference title, the Cougar track teams start competition tomorrow at the NCAA West Regional Championships with these line-ups.

100-meter

Men's: Running for the Cougars will be Nate Soelberg. After placing second in the MWC Outdoor Championships in this event, Soelberg is ranked fourteenth in the region with his time of 10.43 from the Wilson Motor Qualifier. Soelberg looks to claim a top five spot in order to qualify for nationals.

200-meter

Men's: Competing for the Cougars in the 200-meter will be Paul Smith. At conference, he ran a season best time of 21.02 to place second. With the 11th best time in the region, Smith will be facing tough competition from top Pac-10 contenders and sprinters from Arizona State.

400-meter

Men's: Placing first and third in the conference championships, Matt Rowe and David Chesser will look to make a definite impact in regionals. Rowe currently ranks eighth in the region while Chesser is 18th.

800-meter

Men's: The powerhouse of the men's 800-meter team will be led by Lars Kjerengtroen, who finished second at the MWC championships with a season best time of 1:50.05. Also running in the pack are Scott Adams, who placed third at conference, and Chad Simkins. Both qualified for regionals at the Stanford Invitational this season.

1,500-meter

Women's: For the women's distance squad in this event, Julie Camerson and Ann Heiner will be competing, who are ranked sixth and 13th in the West Region. Cameron is also ranked 18th in the nation in this event. In the conference championships, Cameron won the 800m while Heiner took second in the 1,500m. As freshmen, both will look to make a definite impact in their first outdoor post-season appearance.

Men's: Leading the Cougars in the 1,500m will be Nathan Robison, who holds the second fastest time in the region, is currently fourth in the nation in this event and recently won the MWC outdoor title in this event. Bryan Lindsay, who placed second at conference, is also currently ranked ninth in the region. Joining them in this event are Dustin Trail, Josh McAdams and Doug Hall. Trail and McAdams are back-to-back in the region rankings with 19th and 20th while Hall holds 23rd.

3,000-meter Steeplechase

Women's: All-Americans and distance standouts Kassi Andersen and Michaela Mannova will look to dominate this event along with Lisa Antonelli, who recently clinched the MWC title in this event. Andersen ran the fastest collegiate time in the nation of 9:48.74 at the Cardinal Invitational this season and won the 1,500m at conference. After taking the 5,000m title at conference, Mannova will look for another top finish with the third spot in the region.

Joining them is Amber Harper, currently 13th in the region, along with Rena Williams and Kristy Barrus, who took fourth and fifth at conference.

Men's: With a one-two finish at the MWC Championships, Matt Adams and Josh McAdams, who are ranked sixth and 12th in the nation, will have a great shot at qualifying for nationals. This duo also are ranked second and sixth in the region after clocking their fastest times at the Cardinal Invitational. Also, adding to the steeplechase squad is Rich Evanson, who clinched fourth at conference andis currently ranked 15th in the West Region.

5,000-meter

Women's: Once again the women's distance squad reigns in this event taking the three of the top five spots in the region performance lists. The squad is comprised of All-American Laura Turner, Ruth Graham and Suzanna Logan. In the outdoor conference championships this season, Turner and Graham took second and third with Logan placing sixth. Turner is also ranked 11th in the nation in this event.

100m/110m High Hurdles

Women's: Competing for the Cougars this weekend in this event is freshman Amy Menlove who looks to better her season best time of 13.73 from the Robison Invitational. Currently, Menlove is ranked 14th in the region and will have plenty of competition from Pac-10 contenders.

400-m Intermediate Hurdles

Women's: Veteran hurdler Jennifer Rockwell will look to clinch a top finish with the eighth spot in the West Region. Joining her is sophomore Anita Nygaard, who took fourth at the MWC Outdoor Championships, currently holds the 14th spot in the region. Both will look to improve their times and clinch a berth to nationals.

Men's: After clinching the MWC title in this event, veteran Greg Flint is currently 17th in the nation and holds the fifth fastest time in the region. After placing fourth and fifth at conference, Ben Gardner and Kansas Whitear will also add depth in 400m hurdles as they look to qualify for nationals with the sixth and tenth spot in the region. All three hurdlers ran their fastest times at the Robison Invitational this season.

4x400m-relay

Men's: Competing for the men will be David Chesser, Greg Flint, Matt Rowe and Paul Smith in the 4x400m-relay. The BYU team is currently ranked ninth in the West Region. Their top competition will come from Arizona State and many Pac-10 contenders.

4x100m Relay

Men's: After improving their season best time and capturing second at the MWC Outdoor Championships, the sprint relay team, comprised of Matt Rowe, David Chesser, Nate Soleberg and Paul Smith, will look to improve their times to qualify for nationals this weekend.

High Jump

Women's: After placing second at the conference championships with a season best jump of 5'11.75 (1.82m), junior All-American Lindsey Metcalf holds the sixth spot in the West Region performance lists. Metcalf has won four conference championships in this event and looks to improve her mark and earn a bid to nationals.

Men's: The sole competitor in this event will be Bryce Nielsen, who placed fifth in the conference championships. As a freshman, Nielsen currently ranks 13th on the West Region charts. He will look to make a definite impact at regionals in his first outdoor season.

Pole Vault

Women's: Vaulting for the Cougars at the regional championships will be Alicia Thompson. After taking eighth at conference, Thompson currently holds the 26th spot in the region with her season best height of 3.75m (12'3.75).

Men's: Competing for the men's pole vault is the duo of Trent Powell and Robison Pratt who hold the fifth and sixth spots in the region rankings with heights only one-fourth inch apart. This duo is also ranked seventh and eighth nationally, which is a likely bid to nationals despite their finish this weekend. At conference, Pratt captured the pole vault title with his jump of 5.42m (17-09.25). Powell's season best jump of 17'10.75 came at the Wilson Motor Qualifier while Pratt jumped 17'10.50 at the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational.

Long Jump

Women's: BYU jumping squad in this event will be led by freshman Amy Menlove, who owns the sixth spot in the region after winning the long jump title at the MWC Outdoor and Indoor Championships this year. Also jumping for the Cougars is Anna-Lee Walcott, who holds the 18th spot in the region performance list.

Men's: Jumping for the men's team will be Devin Scoresby, who placed seventh at the MWC Outdoor Championships. Scoresby is also ranked 16th in the region with his season-best jump in the decathlon at the Robison Invitational with a jump of 7.38m (24-02.25).

Triple Jump

Women's: After winning the women's triple jump title in the conference championships, sophomore All-American Kamila Rywelska holds the fourth spot in the region with her season best jump her regional qualifying jump of 43-1.25 (13.14m). Lindsey Sommer will also be competing in this event with the 17th spot in the region with her jump of 40-04.75 (12.31m) at the Hornet Invitational.

Men's: The long jump squad for the Cougars will include Rodrigo Mendes and Matt Anderson. After winning the MWC triple jump title, Mendes will look to compete well with the fifth spot on the region performance list and 28th in the nation. Anderson placed fifth at conference and clinched the 16th spot in the region.

Shot Put

Men's: The double punch of the Arrhenius brothers will be felt this year in the shot put. After a first and third finish at the shot put at conference with season best throws of 18.88m (61-11.25) and 17.60m (57-9.00), Nik and Dan Arrhenius will look to dominate at regionals. Nik holds the seventh spot in the region and is ranked 19th nationally while Dan holds the 15th spot.

Discus Throw

Men's: A similar story from the shot put rings true in the discus with Nik and Dan Arrhenius leading this event. After clinching the shot put title at conference, Nik continues to dominate as a freshman with the top throw in the region and the sixth best throw in the nation. After capturing the silver at conference, Dan currently holds the eighth spot in the region. With tons of experience in this event, the Arrhenius brothers will be the only BYU competitors at the Cal State NCAA Regional Qualifier.

Hammer Throw

Women's: Entering the competition for the Cougars is Malita Binghamand Chelsea Forsythe, who are currently 24th and 32nd on the West Region performance lists. Bingham will look to qualify for nationals for the last time at BYU while Forsythe still has one more year of track competition.

Javelin

Women's: For this competitive field event, BYU will enter junior Maret Komorovia and freshman Tiffany Rasmussen, who own the 23rd and 30th spot in the region. At the MWC Outdoor Championships, Rasmussen and Komarova placed fifth and sixth behind athletes from Air Force and New Mexico.

Men's: After dominating the MWC Outdoor Championships with a one-two finish, Matt Hickman and Matt Johnston will look to perform well at regionals. Hickman holds the 15th spot in the region while Johnston holds the 18th spot.

Outdoor Men's Decathlon: The only BYU competitor heading to regionals in this event is Devin Scoresby. After clinching his first MWC decathlon title this outdoor season, Scoresby holds the third spot in the region and is currently ranked 31st in the nation.