Track Teams Head North

(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- One week after finishing their only home indoor meet of the season, the BYU men’s and women’s track teams will head north to Pocatello, Idaho to compete in the one-day Bengal Shootout on Friday.

The meet will be scored in dual meet format, similar to the scoring of the Mountain West Conference and NCAA Championships. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. MST and will feature teams from Idaho State, Weber State, North Dakota and Southern Utah.

“We are going to take a large number of people, a lot of athletes that usually do not get a lot of opportunities,” women’s coach Craig Poole said. “We want to find some new young talent that can help us down the road at our bigger meets and at conference. This meet is a chance to gain some needed experience and continue to improve our technical proficiency.”

Both BYU teams were successful in the 2009 Shootout, with the women winning each of their scored match ups and the men allowing many athletes to gain valuable experience.

“The track is wood so it’s a little trickier,” said men’s coach Mark Robison. “Each week we’re trying to get a little better competition. We want to find our team and see who are our best people.”

The meet will be run in a condensed format, with all the events taking place on Friday.