One Last Meet Before Conference Championships

PROVO -- With many regional qualifiers and a few NCAA qualifiers, the men and women's track teams will look to improve their marks one last time before conference as they travel to the Wilson Motor Qualifier meet at Utah State University this Friday.

"We're going to Utah State this weekend because we want another chance for a few people to reach better marks and qualify for regionals," women's head coach Craig Poole said. "Depending on what we need, we will just pick and choose who's going."

Because the Cougars performed so well at the Cardinal Invitational and BYU Wells Fargo Invitational last weekend, there will only be a few events that BYU athletes will compete in this Friday.

"We'll take our hurdlers, long jumpers and our 200-meter sprinters this weekend," Poole said. "We might take a few to run the 800-meter run and the 5,000-meter run."

The men's team will only send 10 athletes to Utah State to also compete for regional qualifying marks. With a few more qualifying athletes, the men's and women's track teams will be looking to bring their talent and depth to the Mountain West Conference Championships on May 12-15.

"We're going to take a few pole vaulters, distance guys, and our 4x100 relay team," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "Because we've had such a hard last few weeks of competition, most of our guys are going to stay here to train and recover this week."

After taking first and second in the shot put and discus throw at the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational, brothers Niklas and Dan Arrhenius will travel to Cal State Northridge to compete in these throwing events Friday and Saturday at the Northridge Open, coach Robison said.

Last week at the Cardinal Invitational, junior Kassi Andersen captured the fastest collegiate time in the world in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:48.74. Along with this regional qualifying time in the women's 3,000m steeplechase are Michaela Mannova, Lisa Antonelli, Amber Harper and Rena Williams.

With 45 regional qualifying marks combined, the men's and women's track teams will continue to prepare for conference as they make their last stop at Utah State and Cal State Northridge this weekend.