COLORADO SPRINGS -- The four-time defending Mountain West Conference Champion BYU women's track team led the field after day two at the MWC Indoor Track & Field Championships while the men held onto fourth place.
The Cougar women are in position to keep their perfect MWC Championships streak intact, leading second-place Colorado State 78--45.50 going into the third and final day of competition. The men are just a half point behind third-place Wyoming.
Both teams have been bolstered by powerful individual performances. BYU freshman Amy Menlove won the fourth women's long jump title in five years for the Cougars with her NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 20'-4.25" (6.20m). The BYU women also finished first, second and third in the 5000-meter run for the third consecutive year. Senior Laura Turner won the event, coming in at 17:52.50. Turner was followed across the finish line by senior Michaela Mannova at 17:52.70 and senior Lisa Antonelli at 17:59.70.
BYU also notched impressive wins in the distance medley relay event. The women's team, consisting of senior Laura Turner, freshman Laura Evans, sophomore Ann Heiner and junior Kathryn Andersen, captured the title for the fourth time in five years while the men picked up the victory for the second straight season behind the performances of sophomore Josh McAdams, senior Greg Flint, senior Richard Evanson and junior Nathan Robison.
The MWC Championships conclude Saturday following the men's mile relay at 3:45 p.m. and the announcement of individual and team awards.