Men, Women to Race in Arizona

The BYU men and women travel to Arizona in the second indoor meet of the season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU men's and women's track teams travel to Flagstaff, Ariz., on Saturday to compete in the Lumberjack Invitational, BYU's second meet of the indoor season.

Northern Arizona is hosting the event that takes place at J.L. Walkup Stadium. Field events will begin at 8:30 a.m., with running events beginning at 11 a.m.

"Typically the first two to three weeks of the season is when we have our most improvement, so this coming meet we're looking to improve on the marks set at the Cougar Invitational last week," BYU men's coach Mark Robison said. "I'm very interested to see how we respond."

The men's team performed well at the Cougar Indoor Invitational, winning six events, including the 3000 meters where junior Kyle Perry set a provisional mark for nationals. Other Cougars who were in the winner's circle were Stephan Shay, who ran an unadjusted time of 4:14.33 in the mile; Aaron Powell, a triple-jumper who set a mark of 46-02.00; 400-meter runner Kevin Biesinger, who ran a 48.36; the men's 4x322 team, which ran a 2:34.37 and heptathlete Justin Palmer, who finished with 5,312 points.

On the women's side, the team is looking to improve on its two victories. Deezbaa Whaley, a freshman thrower, won the women's 20-pound weight throw with a mark of 52-04.75 and Katlyn Merrill, a freshman triple jumper, won the event with a mark of 38-02.00.

"I'm expecting the women to compete hard and compete well," BYU assistant coach Dick Legas said. "The women have been practicing hard and will continue to practice hard all the way up to the meet."

The Northern Arizona Web site,, will post the results as soon as the meet is finished.