PROVO -- With top talent and depth in many events, the BYU track teams began Mountain West Conference Outdoor competition today with the decathlon and heptathlon in Las Vegas.
After claiming the MWC Indoor Championship this year, the men's and women's teams will be looking to capture another outdoor title. Here are the lineups for both teams by event.
Women's: Matching up in the 100-meter on the women's side will be junior Jennifer Rockwell, who is seated fifth in the conference rankings with her fastest meet time of 11.74. In last year's championships, she finished sixth in this event. Following close behind her is freshman Amy Menlove who is ranked tenth in the conference with a time of 12.07.
Men's: Running for the Cougars will be Paul Smith and Nate Soelberg. Currently Soelberg is ranked second in the conference performance lists with a time of 10.46 with Smith holds second with 10.67. Soelberg looks to reclaim his outdoor title from 2003 while Smith looks to improve upon his fifth place finish in this event at last years Outdoor Championships.
Women's: Junior Jennifer Rockwell looks to score for the Cougars as the only BYU women entering the event. Currently Rockwell sits at sixth place in the conference performance lists. Rockwell will face tough competition in this event from San Diego State who currently have the top two spots in the conference.
Men's: Competing for the Cougars in the 200-meter will be Paul Smith, David Chesser and Matt Rowe. Last year both Smith finished third at the MWC Outdoor Championships while both Chesser and Rowe look for their first conference berth in this event.
Women's: Sophomore Mary Bennion will look to lead BYU in the 400-meter with a time two weeks ago of 55.02. However, she will face the pressure from athletes from Wyoming and San Diego State athletes who hold the top five times in the conference with regionally qualifying marks.
Men's: The conference success in the men's 400-meter team continues with Matt Rowe and David Chesser, who currently hold first and second in the conference performance lists. In the 2003 Outdoor Championships, Chesser finished second with Rowe as a close third.
Women's: With the top conference time in this event, freshman Julie Cameron will look to make a strong impact this weekend with her regional qualifying time of 2:08.22. Also running for BYU is junior Kassi Andersen who also clinched a regional qualifying time of 2:08.79 andholds the third spot in the MWC performance list.
Men's: The powerhouse of the men's 800-meter team dominates the top five MWC pack in this event. Scott Adams holds second while Chad Simkins holds third with Lars Kjerengtroen and Bryan Lindsay right behind. Also competing is this event is distant standout Nathan Robison.
Women's: With incredible talent and depth, four of BYU's regional qualifiers will compete in this event including All-American distant standouts Kassi Andersen and Michaela Mannova, who have captured the second and third best time in the conference. Andersen took second in last year's Outdoor Championships. Also, Ann Heiner and Laura Turner will also compete in this event, who are ranked seventh and ninth.
Men's: Leading the Cougars and the MWC in the 1,500m will be juniors Nathan Robison and Bryan Lindsay, who have bothclocked regional qualifying times this season. Both veterans in this event, they'll be looking to improve their top times with NCAA Outdoor Nationals approaching. Joining their first and second spots in the MWC are Dustin Trail, who clocked the fifth fastest time in this event and Scott Adams, who holds the sixth fastest time.
Women's: BYU dominates this race taking six of the top eight performance spots in the 3,000-meter. Junior Lisa Antonelli, who is ranked third in the conference, will compete along with Amber Harper and Rena Williams, who all captured regional qualifying times in this event. They will be joined by freshman Kristy Barrus, who will look for a top finish and regional qualifying time.
Men's: Leading the Cougars in the 3,000-meter are regional qualifiers Matt Adams, Josh McAdams and Rich Evanson, who currently hold the top three spots in the MWC. Adams and McAdams claimed their regional qualifying times in the Cardinal Invitational this season with times of 8:42.20 and 8:45.26 while Evanson clinched his regional qualifying time at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 8:59.70. This group will probably face their stiffest competition from Mike Nicks from Colorado State and several top steeplechasers from Air Force.
Women's: Once again the women's distance squad reigns in this event taking the top six spots on the performance lists. Leading the squad is senior All-American Michaela Mannova along with Laura Turner, Ruth Graham and Suzanna Larsen, who all have regional qualifying marks. In last year's outdoor conference championships, Turner took second behind BYU's Kristen Ogden with a time of 17:59.93. Also looking to contribute in a BYU sweep are Jami Caldwell, Whitney McDonald and Emily Raymond.
Men's: Competing for the men's team is Richard Evanson and Matt Adams. Although they have competed in this event this season, they both have had significant succes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Evanson and Adams will be edged by MWC leaders from New Mexico, Air Force and Colorado State.
Women's: With four of the top five spots filled in this event, the BYU women's distance squad will look to senior Emily Raymond, who holds second and freshman Whitney McDonald who claims third. Both have clinched regional qualifying times this season. Also running in this event are Jami Caldwell, number five in the conference, and Suzanna Larsen, who has not competed in this event this season.
100m/110m High Hurdles
Women's: Competing for the Cougars this weekend in this event is freshman Amy Menlove who earlier this season hit regional qualifyingmarks in this event with a time of 13.73 at the Robison Invitations. She currently holds the fifth spot of the conference performance list and will look to improve her time against San Diego State and UNLV competitors. This will be the first season in Menlove's entire track career that she has competed in hurdle events.
Men's: Both Ben Gardner and Curtis Pugsley, who place fourth and ninth in the conference performance lists, will compete in the men's side for the 110m-high hurdles. With times less a second from the regional qualifying time, they will look to set these marks and place this weekend.
400-m Intermediate Hurdles
Women's: With the seventh spot in the conference, sophomore Anita Nygaard will look to qualify for regionals and claim a top finish for the Cougars. At the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational, she clocked her fastest time with a time of 1:01.1. She will face stiff competition from anumber of top conference contenders.
Men's: In the 400m hurdles, veterans Greg Flint and Devin Howe will compete. Flint, who leads the MWC in this event with a regional qualifying time of 50.69, will be looking to ran another MWC record and personal best time in his last outdoor season at BYU. Howe currently holds the tenth spot in the MWC and will look to run a regional qualifying time.
Women's: Running in this years relay will be sophomore Mary Bennion, sophomore Anita Nygaard, junior Jennifer Rockwell and anchoring freshman Amy Menlove. This groups clockeda season best time of 3:47.15 at the Hornet Invitational this season to clinch the third spot in the conference performance list. After BYU's second place finish in last year's Outdoor Championships, this group will look to capture the title.
Men's: Competing for the men will be David Chesser, Greg Flint, Matt Rowe and Paul Smith in the 4x400m-relay. The BYU team leads the MWC performance list and look to defend their title from last year and set another meet record.
Women's: The same lineup from the mile relay will compete in the 4x100 sprint relay with a little different order. Mary Bennion will lead off with Anita Nygaard and Jennifer Rockwell running the second and third legs, and Amy Menlove will run the anchor leg.
Men's: The men's sprint team set a season best time earlier this season at the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational with a time of 40.84, which is currently second in the MWC performance list. In last year's outdoor competition, this time set a regional qualifying mark with a time of 40.10.
Women's: Leading the MWC is junior All-American Lindsey Metcalf who has a regional qualifying height of 5'8.75 (1.75m) that is third in the conference. Metcalf will look to jump past this season best jump to clinch her fifth conference high jump title. Coming in close behind her are Liis Berendsen and AnnaLee Walcott who both have jumped season best jumps of 5'6.
Men's: The men's high jump squad takes some of the top ten spots in the conference with Bryce Nielsen, who is tied for first, and Devin Scoresby who is in a three-way tie for fourth place. Also, Curtis Pugsley will compete on the high jump squad, who is tied for the tenth spot in the conference. Devin Howe, who hasn't competed this year in this event, will look to compete well with these top veterans.
Women's: Vaulting for the Cougars at championships will be Makenzie Hobbs and Alicia Thompson. Both have regional qualifying heights of 12'3.5, which ties them at sixth place in the conference.
Men's: Competing for the men's pole vault is the duo of Trent Powell and Robison Pratt who are the top two competitors in the conference with heights only one-fourth inch apart. Both men have jumped with regional qualifying heights this season. Powell jumped a height of 17'10.75 at the Wilson Motor Qualifier while Pratt jumped 17'10.50 at the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational. Also competing is Curtis Pugsley who is in a five-way tie for sixth. The main competition for the men is Air Force and New Mexico.
Women's: BYU jumping squad in this event will be led by freshman Amy Menlove, who owns the top performance mark in the conference. After clinching the indoor title this year, Menlove will look to improve her regional qualifying jump for another conference long jump title. She will be jumping with Liis Berendsen and Lindsey Sommer, who are currently fifth and sixth in the conference, and Kamila Rywelska and Anna-Lee Walcott.
Men's: Jumping for the men's team will be top conference competitors Devin Scoresby and Matt Anderson. Scoresby's jump at the Robison Invitational this season qualified him for regionals while Anderson looks to qualify this weekend after finishing fifth last year. Also, they'll be joined by Rodrigo Mendes, who currently holds the fifth best time in this event in the MWC.
Women's: The women's triple jump in the Mountain West is dominated by BYU sophomore Kamila Rywelska with her regional qualifying jump of 43-1.25 (13.14m). Another regional qualifier competing is Lindsey Sommer, who holds the third spot in the conference with a jump of 40-0.5 (12.31m) at the Hornet Invitational. In last year's outdoor championships, Sommer took second as a walk-on freshman. Joining the Cougars is Liis Berendsen, who currently has the tenth spot in the MWC performance list.
Men's: Like the long jump squad, the Cougars will have Rodrigo Mendes, Devin Scoresby, and Matt Anderson. Currently, Mendes holds the top spot in the MWC performance list and has a great shot at taking the title this year.Anderson is placed fourth in the conference behind Chris Banks of Air Force and Blake Jackson of Wyoming. Although Scoresby hasn't competed in the long jump this season, he clinched a regional qualifying time last year.
Women's: Returning to the championships again this year for BYU is junior Maret Komorovia who ranks sixth in the conference with her throw at the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational with a distance of 46-02.50 (14.08m). After taking fifth in the Indoor Championships this season, Komorovia will look to qualify for regionals with a top conference finish.
Men's: The double punch of the Arrhenius brothers will be felt this year in the shot put. Nik Arrhenius currently holds the second best distnace in the conference while Dan holds the third. Both will be looking to improve their regional marks and take the title. They'll have their arms full with Colorado State's top finisher, Magnus Lohse.
Women's: The only thrower in this event will be senior Malita Bingham, who looks to improve her mark by a few feet to qualify for regionals. Currently, Bingham holds the thirteenth spot in the conference.
Men's: A similar story from the shot put rings true in the discus with Nik and Dan Arrhenius leading this event. Nik has the top MWC mark while Dan clinches the second place spot from their regional qualifying throws at the Mesa Classic. Dan will look to finish his career strong in his last season competing with his brother. With tons of experience in this event, the Arrhenius brothers will be the only BYU competitors in the MWC Outdoor Championships.
Women's: Entering the competition for the Cougars is Malita Bingham, who is currently seventh in the MWC performance lists with her regional qualifying mark of 181'4.25 (55.28m). Bingham will look to compete well in her last track season at BYU.
Women's: For this competitive field event, BYU will enter junior Maret Komorovia, freshman Tiffany Rasmussen and senior Anna-Lee Walcott. Komorovia holds the fourth spot in the conference while Rasmussen holds sixth with their regional qualifying marks of 145'2 and 141-2. Walcott will also be entering this event with the tenth best distance in the conference with 134-3.
Men's: Leading the conference in the javelin is Matt Johnston with his regional qualifying throw of 63.09 at the Cal Poly Invitational earlier this season. Teaming up with him in this event will be Matt Hickman, who is currently holds fourth in the MWC performance list.
Outdoor Women's Heptathlon: Competing for BYU in the pentathlon are sophomore Liis Berendsen who has a NCAA provisional qualifying mark from the Texas Relays with 5,054 points. Also competing in this event is Anna-Lee Walcott, who hasn't competed in this event this season, but clinched a close third place in a gutsy two days at last year's Outdoor Championships.
Outdoor Men's Decathlon: Entering the competition for the Cougars are Devin Scoresby, Devin Howe and Curtis Pugsley. Scoresby, who currently leads the MWC with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark will look to improve after a second place finish in last year's Outdoor Championships. Pugsley and Howe currently hold third and fourth spots respectively in the MWC.