Cougars Sweep MWC Track Athlete of Week Honors

PROVO, Utah (Apr. 16, 2002) The BYU men's and women's track teams followed up a weekend that produced four national qualifiers by winning both the men's and women's Mountain West Conference men's and women's Athlete-of-the-Week honors.

Mao Tjiroze, an All-American from Windhoek, Namibia, was named the men's Athlete of the Week after running a provisional-qualifying time of 1:48.52 to win the 800 at the UCLA Triangular in Los Angeles on Saturday. Tjiroze's time ranks seventh in the nation in the 800 and gives him the top time in the Conference by nearly two seconds.

Jaime Cottle, an All-American from Howell, Mich., became the second consecutive conference athlete of the week for the BYU women's track teams after an impressive performance in Tempe, Ariz. Cottle ran a lifetime-best 4:18.30 to win the 1,500 at the Sun Angel Classic and automatically qualify for nationals. Her time is the top time in the Conference and is the fourth best in the nation this year. Cottle also ran a season-best time of 2:08.49 to finish second in the 800 at the Mesa Classic in Mesa, Ariz. over the weekend.

2002 MWC Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week for BYU

Apr. 9 - Lindsey Johnson

Apr. 16 - Mao Tjiroze, Jaime Cottle