Track to Compete at USC, UVU

The BYU track and field teams will compete in the UVU Invitational and Trojan Tri-Meet this weekend. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- As the track and field season reaches its midway point, the No. 11 BYU men’s team and No.17 women’s team will split this weekend between the first UVU Invitational and the Trojan Tri-Meet at USC.

“I think this weekend should provide our team the opportunity to improve a lot of our marks,” women’s head coach Patrick Shane said. “Last week (at Stanford) the weather didn’t cooperate and it was tough on our runners, especially the sprinters. This weekend should be a better situation.”

Over the first few meets of the season, wet weather in Utah and bad conditions on the road has contributed to limited outdoor practice and frustration on event days. With good conditions in the forecast, both teams will be looking for quality performances.

“I think the thing we are looking forward to is the weather being great for a change,” men’s head coach Mark Robison said. “The bad weather has been tough on us but I am just hoping for some improvement and I am really excited.”

UVU will host its first collegiate outdoor track meet on Friday and Saturday after adding an outdoor track facility this off-season. BYU will face off against the Wolverines, along with athletes from Mesa State, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Westminster College.

At USC, the men and women will take on athletes in a scored meet from USC and Cal State Northridge, with Nevada also competing on the women’s side. The USC men will enter competition ranked sixth in the nation and the Trojan women currently sit in fifth.

The UVU Invitational will take place on Friday at the new facility on the University’s campus beginning with the hammer throw at 9:00 am. Admission will be $2.00 per person and there are no bleachers available to spectators, so please plan accordingly.

Competition at the Trojan Tri-Meet will begin on Saturday at 10:30 am MT and will finish with the men’s 1600m relay at 4:15 pm MT.

Results will be available on byucougars.com and the hosting school’s websites as soon as competition concludes.