Three Cougars Place High at Drake Relays

DES MOINES -- Cold temperatures and wind slowed the field at the Drake Relays but three Cougars overcame those conditions to finish high in a meet featuring many of the top individuals in the nation.

The No. 9 BYU women had two second-place finishes at Drake, led by All-American Holly Haguewood in the 800. Haguewoodfinishedsecondin 2:09.87.

The other top finish for the Cougar women came from freshman phenom Lindsay Johnson in the javelin. Johnson had a mark of 166-11.00 (50.87) to finish just behind another freshman, Kendra Wecker of Kansas State, who won with a throw of 169-07.00 (51.68).

For the No. 23 BYU men, Aron Szmuda jumped 24-08.25 (7.52) in the long jump to finish second behind Randy Lewis of Wichita State. Lewis had a mark of 25-05.25 (7.75) for the victory.

The Cougar men also sent athletes to Pocatello, Idaho to compete in the ISU Springfest, where the team claimed three event crowns.

The top mark of the meet for BYU came in the high jump, where Ammon Dahl cleared a career-best height of 6-10.00 (2.08) to win. Daniel Arrhenius won the discus with a toss of 168-06.00 (51.36) and Eric Myrup won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.82 seconds to round out the Cougar winners at Pocatello.

Other solid performances at ISU came from Robert Mugagga, who finished second in the 100-meter dash (10.88), and Jeremy Stowell, who was third in the 400 (48.79).

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