(Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- For the second consecutive year the annual Cougar Invitational was held with snow on the ground, but that did not prevent a successful day for the BYU women’s track and field team, which also had several athletes competing at the Texas Relays in Austin.
“We are right where we need to be right now,” head coach Craig Poole said. “Our athletes are right on schedule, and we will start to see some really good marks in the coming weeks.”
Junior All-American Katie Palmer-Cox competed today for the first time since the 2009 outdoor season and came on strong, winning the 1500-meter steeplechase in 5:01.53. The Cougars took the top six spots in the event, with Katy Andrews and Katy Bowen rounding out the top three in 5:01.57 and 5:05.53 respectively.
Another Cougar victory came in the 5000-meter race, which junior Millie Rapp took in 17:52.11. Freshman Loren Wynn also placed in the top three, coming in third in 18:32.05, with freshman Kathryn Vidmar finishing not far behind in fourth in 18:39.91.
Senior Alyssa Christensen competed in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdle events, finishing both in the top three. Christensen took third in the 100mH in 14.42 and second in the 400mH in 1:00.85.
Former BYU soccer player Ashleigh Jameson competed well at her first outdoor home meet, taking second in the 100-meters in 12.29 and first in the 200-meters in 24.47.
Sophomore Kelli Ehardt dominated the pole vault competition, taking first by over a foot. Ehardt finished with a vault of 4.01-meters (13-01.75), which would currently rank her third in the Mountain West Conference.
Two Cougars took the first two spots in the triple jump, with senior Madara Dzable winning the event with a jump of 12.09m (39-08.00). Freshman Melissa Keltner followed in second with a leap of 11.62m (38-01.50).
Freshman Allyson Wardell won the javelin throw with a toss of 44.00m (144-04.25) which would rank her second in the MWC, just behind a throw she recorded earlier this season. Senior Sarah Lancaster placed second in the javelin with a throw of 43.21m (141-09.25) ranks third in the MWC.
Over in Austin, Texas, senior Mindy McClurkin led the way for the team with her second place finish in the long jump. McClurkin leapt 6.43m (21-01.25) in the event, which ranks first in the MWC. McClurkin also qualified for the finals in the 100-meters with a career best time of 11.60.
“Mindy ran and jumped really well today,” Poole said. “She got a lifetime best in the 100-meters, and that is a really great accomplishment, but all the kids here really competed hard today.”
In the collegiate B division of the high jump, sophomore Diana Blauer took first with a leap of 1.71m (5-07.25). Senior Ashley Dziendziel followed her in second with a jump of 1.66m (5-05.25).
Senior Amy Otis ran well in her heat of the 100-meter hurdles, placing third in the heat and 21st overall with a 13.99 time.
The BYU Cougar Invitational concluded its action today, but the Texas Relays will continue tomorrow starting at 8:00 a.m. MST.
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