Although clinching first in the 200-meter dash at the Wilson Motor Qualifier, Jennifer Rockwell-Grossarth barely missed the regional qualifying mark because of an altitude adjustment.
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LOGAN -- At the Wilson Motor Qualifier Meet at Utah State, Thursday, the BYU men's and women's track teams had two regional qualifiers and six season best times in their last meet before conference.
"Thursday's meet went really well for us," women's head coach Craig Poole said. "We had some good things happen like Anita Nygard qualifying for regionals in the 400m hurdles. She ran really well."
Sophomore Anita Nygard clinched first place in the 400m hurdles, running a regional-qualifying time of 1:00.16. Taylor Teerlink came in third in this race with a time of 1:01.53 behind Utah State's Katie Thatcher.
Junior Jennifer Rockwell-Grossarth took first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.92. Although she ran really well, her time barely missed the regional-qualifying time because it was altered due to the altitude, coach Poole said.
However, she has regionally qualified in the 100-meter dash at the Robison Invitational and the 400-meter hurdles at the BYU Wells Fargo Invitational
Sophomore Nate Soelberg also qualified for regionals in the 100-meter dash, running a season-best time of 10.43.
The women's team captured a few season-best marks in their field events with Liis Berendsen taking second in the long jump with a jump of 5.71m (18-09.75) and Chelsea Forsythe placing eighth in the hammer throw with a season-best distance of 53.62m (176'07).
"In the long jump, Liis jumped a lot better than she has in a while," Poole said. "Also, we had Nikki Hughes, a former BYU track standout, compete in the long jump and qualify for the Olympic Games with her jump of 21-07.50."
The BYU men's pole vaulters had three season-best jumps Thursday. Trent Powell bettered his regional-qualifying mark in the pole vault when he clinched first place with a two-inch season-best jump of 5.45m (17'10.50).
The freshmen vaulters also had a good showing in this competition. Alex Green placed third with a season-best jump of 4.72m (15'05.75) while Chris Weirich took fifth with a five-inch season-best jump of 4.57m (15'00.00).
With a few more regional qualifiers, the BYU track teams will make their last preparations before the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships May 12-15.