Lacey Bleazard placed second in the 800m at the Stanford Invitational in rainy conditions on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PALO ALTO -- With wind and rain in their faces, athletes from the BYU track teams gave their best efforts at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday.
“We competed well but didn’t have the best performances,” men’s coach Mark Robison said. “The weather was ridiculous and made it tough. We did okay as far as places but not the best marks we wanted.”
Top field performances were by senior Chris Little in the pole vault and junior Colby Barber in the shot put. Little won the invitational section by clearing 5.20m (17-00.75). Barber finished second in his section of the shot put with a throw of 15.70m (51-06.25).
Freshman Jared Ward finished sixth in his section of the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:10.06. Sophomore Rex Shield (14:24.15)came in 15th and junior Alden Bahr (14:32.74) in 18th. In separate sections, seniors Brandon Hebbert (14:35.36) finished 17th and Nathan Ogden (14:05.94) grabbed a 15th place finish.
In the 800-meter, junior Justin Hedin took sixth with a time of 1:51.40 and senior Brian Weirich finished in 13th with a 1:52.10. Over in the 200-meter, sophomore James Derek McAllister took 17th in a competitive field, finishing in a time of 22.11.
Junior Katie Palmer paced the Cougars women's team with a great performance in the 800-meter, winning the race in 2:05.11. Palmer was followed closely by reigning indoor National Champion Lacey Bleazard who took second in 2:05.83.
"We had some great performances today despite the rainy weather," women's head coach Patrick Shane said. "Katie (Palmer) ran really well in the 800m and Lacey really paced most of the race. Overall I am pleased with our results based on the conditions."
Another winner for the Cougars on Saturday was senior Tipaleli Fotu. Fotu took first in the hammer throw with a toss of 55.95m (183-07), nearly five feet further than the second place finisher.
Also competing in the throws was Megan Tyler, who took sixth in the discus with a throw of 44.20m (145-00).
Elizabeth Wilson posted a career best leap in the triple jump, placing second with a mark of 12.01m (39-05.00). Melissa Keltner placed eighth in the event with a jump of 11.01m (36-01.50).
In the sprint events, the 4x100m team ran a season best 46.98 to place sixth in the event. Fatima Makakala, who advanced to the finals of the 100m hurdles on Friday, placed ninth in the event Saturday in 14.23.
The track teams will be back in action next weekend as they split between the Utah Valley Invitational, Texas Relays and USC Invitational.