The women's distance medley relay team of Carlee Clark-Platt, Stacy Slight, Katie Palmer and Angela Wagner won the event and appear to be well on their way to nationals.
PROVO -- The women's distance medley relay team won the event at arguably the most competitive meet in the nation on Friday with a time of 11:12.9, a time that will catapult them into nationals in a month.
Both the men's and women's teams competed at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York. Athletes from both teams were also competing at the Mountain State Games at Idaho State.
"Tonight was a great night," said Patrick Shane, the BYU women's distance coach, of his team's performance in New York. "We're very excited that we're going to have a chance to run at nationals. We had some amazing splits in the relay."
The distance medley relay consists of a 1200, 400, 800 and 1600. Senior Carlee Clark-Platt started off the race with a 3:26.00 in the 1200. Sophomore Stacy Slight ran the next leg of the race, a 400, in 57.1. She passed the baton off to freshman Katie Palmer who ran a blistering 2:07.8 in the 800. Sophomore Angela Wagner finished the race off with a 4:41.60 in the 1600.
Though the time doesn't automatically qualify for nationals, teams from last year got in with an 11:14.00. The time of 11:12.9 is a four-second improvement from when the relay team ran at the UW Invitational last weekend.
Sophomore Cecily Lemmon also competed well for the women, running in a competitive 5000-meter race. Lemmon came in second place, crossing the line at 16:39.88. The time was .12 seconds slower than the winner, Rachel Papin of La Salle.
On the men's side, sophomores Brandon Hebbert and Jon Kotter came in second and third place in the 3000 meters, respectively. Hebbert ran the race in 8:16.51 and Kotter ran it in 8:20.32.
Freshman Aaron Powell set a career best in the long jump, leaping 22-01.00
"That was some of the best competition we're going to see until we get to nationals," BYU men's coach Mark Robison said.
At the Mountain State Games, Sophomore Nick Herold won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.03. Sophomore Kindy Longmore qualified for the finals of the 60 meters and 200 meters on Saturday. Also qualifying for the finals of the 60 meters was freshman Katie Eddington.
Action will continue for both teams at both meets on Saturday. Highlighting the New Balance Collegiate Invitational will be BYU junior Stephan Shay in the 3000 meters. The Mountain State games will feature multiple final events, in which many BYU athletes will be competing.
Results from Friday's New Balance meet can be found at http://ny.milesplit.us/meets/28367/results/61700. Results from the Mountain State Games can be found at http://isubengals.cstv.com/sports/m-track/sched/idsu-m-track-sched.html.