Every Competing Woman Earns All-American Honors

Freshman Kamila Rywelska and junior Lindsey Metcalf show off the awards they earned at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championshiops. Both women earned ALl-American Honors.

FAYETTEVILLE -- In the final day of competition the BYU women gave a solid performance to give the team 11 points, tying for 19 place overall with Michigan at the 2004 Indoor National Championships held at the University of Arkansas Randal Tyson Track Center.

The women combined to have every single women competing in this weekends event earn All-American status.

In today's competition the women took solid places beginning with freshman Kamila Rywelska in the triple jump where she earned sixth place overall after her jump of 43-06.00 (13.32m) to give the Cougars three more points to add to their team total.

"She was nervous but she came in eighth and went out sixth and for her first time competing in a year," women's head coach Craig Poole said. "She did great."

Junior Lindsey Metcalf competed for the Cougars in the high jump entering the competition at 1.73m. She cleared her first two attempts on the first try and then cleared 1.81m on the second attempt to finish fifth at 5-11.25 (1.81m) adding four more points for the Cougar women to bump them up to a tie for 16th place.

"I did a good job today. I wish that I could have cleared six feet but ultimately it wouldn't have moved me up any," Metcalf said. "I am happy with fifth place. I came in seventh and went of fifth. Ultimately, this is the best nationals I have been to."

Finishing up the day was the women's 3,000-meter with senior Michaela Mannova who finished eight overall with a time of 9:14.14 to score one point for the Cougars giving the BYU women 19 points to end the NCAA Indoor Championships. Also competing in the event was junior Kassi Andersen who placed 12th in the event with a time of 9:20.35.

"We were a little flat after yesterdays DMR," women's distance coach Patrick Shane said. "We can't compete in all three season [cross country, indoor and outdoor track] and do well in all three. We will do well in cross country and the outdoor season. It really was their best effort and we did well overall."

For complete results please see http://flashresults.com/2004_Meets/indoor/ncaa1/.

The women will begin the outdoor season this weekend at the Cal-Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Women's NCAA Day 2 Results -- Event-by-event

Triple Jump -- In the prelims, freshman Kamila Rywelska won her flight with a jump of 43-06.00 on the third jump after two jumps of fouls. The next competitor was only slightly behind her in 43-05.25. In the finals she fouled four times to finally jump 43-06.00 (13.32m). With a sixth place finish overall she earned All-American honors and says she looks forward to many years of competition.

Quotes from Rywelska:

"I am glad that I got sixth place but I was thinking too much in my race. I am so glad that I am sixth in the United States. It was kind of a strange runway, very bouncy, and I couldn't really find my distance. Yesterday I was scared but now I am happy. There is just such great competition here. The outdoor season will be so much better."

Quote from Coach Poole on Rywelska:

"She was nervous but she came in eighth and went out sixth and for her first time competing in a year, she did great. This was a good learning experience for her, and she now knows how the runways are. She will now know how to handle it."

High Jump--Junior Lindsey Metcalf competed for the Cougars in the high jump entering the competition at 1.73m. She cleared her first two attempts on the first try and then cleared 1.81m on the second attempt to finish at 5-11.25 (1.81m) adding four more points for the Cougar women to bump them up to tied for 16th place.

Quotes from Metcalf:

"I did a good job today. I wish that I could have cleared six feet but ultimately it wouldn't have moved me up any. My knee has been bothering and so I was wondering how it would be coming in today. I am happy with fifth place. This is the best nationals I have been to. I know I can go higher and so I am excited for the outdoor season. I know I can go higher when I really am fresh and good and plan to do so in outdoors."

Quotes from Coach Robison on Metcalf:

"It was close. She came in seventh and went out fifth. It was a big improvement in place for her. I am pleased with her and excited for her. She jumped very well today."

3,000-meter: In the last event of the day for the BYU women senior Michaela Mannova finished eight overall with a time of 9:14.14 to score one point for the Cougars giving the BYU women 19 points to end the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Quotes from distance coach, Patrick Shane on the event:

"We were a little flat after yesterdays DMR. Kassi hasn't felt well, she got sick about a week ago but she put in a great effort. Mannova ran a great race today but ran out of gas at the end. We can't compete in all three season [cross country, indoor and outdoor track] and do well in all three. We will do well in cross country and the outdoor season. It really was their best effort."

Quotes from Kassi Andersen:

"It was a hard race. The first five laps flew by, but then I was just counting down the laps. I have been sick and really all I could do was finish."

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