Heading to Conference: Defending the Titles

Sophomore Kassi Andersen heads to the 2004 MWC Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo. to help the women's team defend their championship title.

PROVO -- Looking for a repeat of last years Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships the Cougars are heading to Colorado Springs to claim the 2004 Indoor Conference men and women's titles.

The women will be defending their indoor conference title, having finished first in their conference every year since the 1994-95 season.

"We expect to go out and win the championship," women's head coach Craig Poole said. " We are ready and we will perform well."

The men's team looks to add a fourth championships title to their name. The team has won 14 out of the last 15 conference titles.

"We are excited to finally compete all at once against the best the conference has to offer," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "We are going into this meet looking to defend our title and will line-up our runners in order to do that."

Several of the BYU athletes and every single relay team enter the conference championships with the top conference marks this season.

Both of the teams will not leave any event open, but all will be filled by the best BYU has, women's distance coach Patrick Shane said.

"Our job is to score as many points as possible this weekend," Shane said. "Some of our athletes will compete in double or even triple events so we can cover our bases."

Competition starts Thursday with the pentathlon and continues through Saturday afternoon when the MWC will hold their annual indoor awards ceremony.

Please see the extended release for more information on individual events line-ups for both teams.

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