The BYU men's and women's track teams will compete at home for the first time this season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- After being away for the last 10 meets, the BYU track and field teams return home to compete in their home opener at the Clarence F. Robison Track on Friday.
The one-day meet will include athletes from Southern Utah, Wyoming, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley and Weber State.
“We’re really excited to be at home this weekend,” said BYU men’s track and field head coach Mark Robison. “This is the first time some of our athletes have had to compete so it will be a good opportunity for them to have some great competition. We still need to figure out our rhythm dealing with the weather. That’s the hardest thing and a fun thing about the outdoor season, the conditions are not ideal like they always are indoors.”
The No. 3 nationally ranked women’s team has earned eight NCAA regional qualifiers in just two week’s of competition with several marks being in the top five in the nation. The Cougars will look to add more at Friday’s meet.
“We’re excited for our first outdoor home meet,” said Doug Padilla, director of track and field operations. “We’re going to have good competition coming, which is always exciting and good for our program.”
The women will kick off Friday’s events with the hammer throw at 11 a.m. MT. Men’s and women’s events are scheduled throughout the day, tentatively ending with the men’s 4x4-meter relay at 5 p.m. MT.