Junior Nathan Robison speeds along the Randal Tyson Track Center at the 2004 NCAA Championships to take second place in the finals of the men's one mile.
FAYETTEVILLE -- In the final day of competition at the 2004 Men's NCAA Indoor Championships the BYU team had solid performances today to move the men up from 28th place at the beginning of the day to tie for tenth place with Wisconsin at the conclusion of the Championships where four men received All-American honors with a total point score of 19 points, the second highest indoor finish they have ever had.
"We are ecstatic," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "We wanted to be in the top ten and tenth place counts as that."
The highlight of the day was junior Nathan Robison's competitive edge and perfect race which helped him to take second place in the men's one mile. Running the mile, Robison moved from fifth place to finish second in 4:01.99. The race went out fast where Robison held fifth place. At the half mile he moved to third place, then second, where he held it to finish the race several feet ahead of the next competitor.
"I have really no idea how this happened," Robison said. "I found myself right where I wanted to be, it was almost just a reflex. I decided I just didn't want to let anyone pass me and so I stayed with the top guy and held that place."
Nathan said he had worked out the race possibilities with his coach, Ed Eyestone, and knew just what he needed to do.
"He ran a perfect race," Mark Robison, Nathan's father and coach, said. "He did just what he had to do when he needed to do it. Three guys caught back up and he held them off. He really ran a smart race."
He ran a smart enough race that distance coach Eyestone claimed this race as the best of Nathan's life.
Also competing for the Cougars in today's competition was senior Curtis Pugsley in the heptathlon where he finished fifth overall with a total score of 5629 points, his point personal record. With this finish he earns another All-American citation and added four points for the men's team score.
"You know this is only the second time I have competed in a heptathlon," Pugsley said. "I haven't earned All-American status since my freshman year because I have been injured so it sure feels good. Overall, I didn't come close to any PR's in the heptathlon but I still did well, so it just goes to show that it was a solid performance."
Solid performances were also put forth by pole vaulters freshman Robison Pratt and junior Trent Powell who tied for ninth and junior Rodrigo Mendes in the triple jump who placed sixth overall in his first national competition. In the finals he placed with his prelim final mark of 52-00.00 (15.85m) to earn the men's team three more points for a total of 19 points placing the Cougars tenth overall at the conclusion of the meet.
"We had a heck of a meet," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "That's what I was hoping for. I am ecstatic and truly things they are performed well. We have four All-Americans and the other three guys were so close. We really will be better outdoors than indoors and I look forward to the beginning of that season."
For complete results please see http://flashresults.com/2004_Meets/indoor/ncaa1/.
Men's NCAA Day 2: Event Breakdown
Men's Heptathlon --
60m-hurdles: Opening the meet on day two of the NCAA Indoor Championships was Curtis Pugsley who placed fifth with a time of 8.29 to add 910 points for a score total of 4005 points to hold his position as No. 6 overall. A highlight of this event for Pugsley was his win in his heat over Rajne Svenssohn of Manhattan and Rick Hill of Clemson.
Quotes from Pugsley:
Quotes for Coach Robison on the 60m-hurdles:
"This is the fastest run we have seen all year in a combined event. He has set himself up nicely."
Pole Vault: Pugsley entered this event at 15-01.00 (4.60m) clearing the first three heights until 16-04.75 to finish at 16-00.75 (4.90m) earning 880 points and a second place event finish for a total of 4885 points. This top height bumps him up to third place overall with a lead of thirty to fifty points ahead of the next competitor.
Quotes from Coach Robison on Pugsley:
"Obviously we are pleased with his performance. This is the highest he has gone in a combined event but we hope he could have gone higher. This moves him up to third place and we just have to see if we can hold that place. It will be great."
10000-meter: Pugsley in his final event of the meet, ran the 1,000-meter to place fifth overall in the Men's Heptathlon. Overall, Pugsley scored 5629 points, his highest point total ever to earn another All-American citation. He looks to use this experience as a stepping stone for top performance in the outdoor season. Pugsley's fifth place adds four more points to the BYU men's team score for a total of eight points.
Quotes from Pugsley:
"You know this is only the second time I have competed in a heptathlon and so I feel like I did pretty good. I haven't earned All-American status since my freshman year because I have been injured so it sure feels good. I am now looking forward to the outdoor season. I am just improving in all my events. I hope to be at the top in the outdoors and qualify for the Olympic trials in the summer. Overall, I didn't come close to any PR's in the heptathlon but I still did well, so it just goes to show that it was a solid performance."
Quotes from Coach Robison on Pugsley:
"I am pleased with his performance. He was solid and this is his best point total ever. He has been sick and so I am excited for what he can do in the outdoor season. He performed well, he is an All-American and the men's team will now pick up four more points."
One Mile -- In the most exciting race of the day, junior Nathan Robison ran a perfect race moving up from fifth place to finish second in 4:01.99. The race went out fast where Robison held fifth place. At the half mile he moved to third place, then second where he held it to finish the race several feet ahead of the next competitor. Robison's finish scores eight points for the men to take them up to 16 points total and place them ninth overall.
Quotes from Nathan Robison:
"I have really no idea how this happened. I found myself right where I wanted to be and I didn't want to let anyone to pass me. I was almost just a reflex. Coach Eyestone and I figured it would go out two ways, and it did go out fast. Someone decided they wanted to make the race honest to hurt those with good kicks. I decided I just didn't want to let anyone pass me and so I stayed with the top guy and held that place."
Quotes from Coach Robison on Nathan:
"He ran a perfect race. He did just what he had to do when he needed to do it. That was exciting. Three guys caught back up and he held them off. He really ran a smart race. He did just a great job."
Quotes from distance Coach Ed Eyestone:
"He ran a perfect race. They took it out hard to begin with and we had gone over various scenarios so he was prepared. Nathan responded well and finished very strong. Once he got second he wouldn't let anyone get by him. This is the best race of his life."
Triple Jump: Competing in the men's triple jump for the Cougars was junior Rodrigo Mendes who placed sixth overall in his first national competition. In the preliminaries he placed third in his flight with a jump of 52-00.00 (15.85m). In the finals he placed with his prelim final mark of 52-00.00 (15.85m) to earn the men's team three more points for a total of 19 points placing the Cougars ninth overall.
Quotes from Coach Robison on Rodrigo:
"He did a great job. He jumped a lot better than at conference which is great. The fifth place guy beat him on the last jump.
Quotes from Rodrigo:
"I felt confident as I usually do, but I could have done better. I have learned some things that I am going to work on and I am going to jump much better in the outdoor season."
Pole Vault: Competing for the Cougars was junior Trent Powell and freshman Robison Pratt. Both men cleared a height of 17-04.50 (5.30m) to tie for ninth place.
Quotes from Coach Robison on Pratt and Powell:
"The guys did great. Points are hard to get and all performed well. They missed getting All-American status by just one place. This is just a warm-up for outdoors. We will be must better outdoors than indoors."