PROVO -- The first day of individual track and field events began today in the 2001 Robison Invitational. The events consisted primarily of preliminary heats for tomorrow's finals, but five men's and three women's events were completed today.
BYU's Nikki Hughes won the women's long jump with a leap of 19 feet 4.25 inches. Second place in the women's jump went to Frankie-Jo Olmos from the University of Nevada, with a jump of 19'2.0". Kristel Berendsen from BYU came in third with a distance of 18'11.5".
Sarah Ellis finished third in the women's 5,000-meter run with a time of 18 minutes 17.86 seconds. Brandy Oliver from Idaho State won the women's 5,000-meter run in 18:06.10, and the University of Utah's Charity Catmull finished with a time of 18:09.39 for second place.
After the completion of three events, the BYU Cougars women lead the meet with a score of of 25. The Univesity of Nevada is in second with 22 points, followed by the Idaho State Bengals with 20 points. Rounding out the team scores for the women are Utah with 17 points and Utah State with 1.
For the men, Jim Roberts of BYU took second in the hammer throw with a toss of 194 feet. Utah State's James Parker won the hammer with a throw of 227'11.00". Parker has the longest throw in the nation so far this year. Cougar Matt Holcomb finished in fourth with a throw of 184'04.00".
In other events for the men, Ammon Larsen took third in the 5,000-meter run, finishing in a time of 15 minutes 17.37 seconds. Winning the 5,000-meter run as an unattached athlete was Chris Merkley with a time of 15:05.04, followed by Van Gunnell of Idaho State who finished in 15:09.70.
After five events the BYU men are second in the team standings with 35 points. Idaho State leads the meet with a score of 41. Trailing Idaho State and BYU are Utah State with 22 and Weber State with 12. The University of Utah and Southern Utah are in a tie with 8 points each.