Senior Porshe Giddings won the 200m and 400m at Utah State on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
WALNUT, California -- Competing at the 53rd Annual Mt. SAC Relays and the Mark Faldmo Invitational at Utah State, the BYU men’s and women’s track and field teams earned some great marks and top performances at two meets on Saturday.
“Mt. SAC has been very good to us this year,” BYU women’s head coach Patrick Shane said. “We had a lot of personal records run in these last few days and some excellent performances. A lot of athletes put themselves in good position for the Region meet.”
The 800-meters was the highlight race for the women’s team on Saturday, with juniors Lacey Bleazard and Katie Palmer coming away with season best times. Bleazard finished in 2:04.78 to place fourth in her heat and first among collegians. Palmer crossed the line in 2:04.47 and also took fourth in her heat.
While the distance teams have been competing at the Mt. SAC Relays this weekend the sprinters and jumpers competed at the Mark Faldmo Invitational at Utah State.
Porshe Giddings led the women in Logan with first place finishes in the 200-meter and 400-meter races. Giddings finished the 200m in 24.06 to take the win and crossed the line in 55.01 in the 400m.
BYU athletes took the top two places in the high jump, with Ada Robinson nabbing first and Diana Blauer taking second. Both athletes cleared 1.75m (5-08.75) to take the top two spots.
Also competing well in the field was junior Kelli Ehardt in the pole vault. Ehardt won the event by clearing 3.80m (12-05.50).
Tipaleli Fotu placed first among college athletes in the hammer throw at Utah State. Fotu earned the collegiate win with a toss of 55.68m (182-08), 11 feet further than her nearest NCAA competitor.
On the men’s side, Chris Carter led the way with a great performance in the 400m hurdles. Carter finished first in 53.56, nearly two seconds faster than the second place finisher.
Also taking home a win from Utah State was senior Leif Arrhenius in the discus throw. Arrhenius finished first with a throw of 61.16m (200-08), while teammate Zach Stetler took second with a toss of 51.27m (168-02).
Oliver Whaley also took home a win in the throws. Whaley won the hammer throw with a throw of 63.35m (207-10).
For complete results from the Mt. SAC Relays CLICK HERE.