Personal Bests Continue at the Wells Fargo Invitational

Complete results from the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational are available at:

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PROVO -- After the first day at the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational, the BYU men's and women's track teams found great competition within their own team with several personal bests and many top finishes in both running and field events.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Jennifer Rockwell took first place with a personal best time of 59.23. Anita Nygard finished third with a season best time of 1:01.15 with Taylor Teerlink close behind her, finishing fourth with a personal best time of 1:01.22.

"I was very pleased with our hurdlers today," women's head coach Craig Poole said. "We had two personal bests and a season best. Plus, the weather was good for this meet."

The women's team also had personal best marks in their field events. Anna-lee Walcott and Liis Berendsen both cleared 5'6", which were both personal bests for these jumpers.

In the discus, Coach Poole said, Malita Bingham placed third with a personal best throw of 44.78 meters and threw a personal best in the hammer throw. Chelsea Forsythe, Candace Jones and Natasha Sua also achieved personal best marks in the hammer throw.

Although sophomore Robison Pratt didn't jump a personal best in the pole vault, he ended up clearing 17'10", or 5.45 meters, which was one of the high points on Friday.

"The highlight today for us was Robbie clearing 17 feet, 10 inches," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "This height could be the sixth or seventh best in the nation."

The BYU men's track team also clinched swept the 800-meter run with a first, second and third place finish. Scott Adams kicked in the last 100 meters to finish with a 1:51.79. Jeff Taylor and Chad Simkins came in right behind, running a 1:52.56 and 1:52.92.

In the long jump, Amy Menlove captured first in the long jump with a jump of 5.62 meters with Kamila Rywelska taking third. Curtis Pugsley also took first with 6.72 meters with Joe Dredge taking second with a 6.49-meter mark.

At the end of the day, the women's and men's team held first place in front of Utah, UVSC and Utah State, which led to anticipation of Saturday's events.

"Today was a good day for us," Poole said. "We had a lot of athletes place, but tomorrow will be even better."

The men's and women's distance squad competed late Friday night at the Cardinal Invitational at Stanford. Their results will be announced with tomorrow's results.