(Photo by BYU Photo)
SEATTLE – Lacey Bleazard, Sarah Edwards, Nachelle Mackie and Katie Palmer combined to break the Dempsey Indoor Track Facility and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation distance medley record with a fourth-place finish in the event in 11:01.35.
The team automatically qualified for the NCAA National Championships with the time. Although the Cougars broke both the facility and meet records, they still finished behind teams from Washington, Oregon and California.
The DMR team was the lone group of athletes to score points for BYU on the first day of competition. BYU currently sits in 11th place with five team points.
Cecily Boyce competed for the Cougars in the pentathlon and finished 11th overall in the event with 3,585 points.
On the track, Arlene Gowar and Aubrey Hale finished 11th and 15th in the 60m dash, respectively. Gowar also finished 21st in the 200m in 25.26, while Hale finished 25th in the race in 25.44. Danielle Figgins finished 20th in the 200m in 25.23.
Fatima Makakala led the way in the 60m hurdles with a 10th place finish in 8.67. Senior Diane Stewart crossed the line in 8.81, good enough for 17th place.
In the lone individual distance event final of the day, Kendra Christensen led the Cougars in the 5000m in 17:28.59. Just behind Christensen were teammates Rachel Lange and Stephanie Jensen-Bills, who finished in 17:37.06 and 17:56.68, respectively.
Competition will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. PST with the men’s heptathlon 60m hurdles. The meet is scheduled to conclude at 2:40 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay. Live stats can be found at gohuskies.com.