Women Seek Final MWC Championship

Senior Alyssa Christensen will compete in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles at the MWC Outdoor Championships.

PROVO, Utah -- Seeking their third consecutive Mountain West Conference outdoor championship, the BYU women’s track and field team will head to Fort Collins on Wednesday with hopes to end their MWC run with a title.

“If the BYU Twilight Meet is any indication, I think our athletes will perform very well this weekend,” head coach Patrick Shane said. “It means a lot to our staff that this is our last MWC meet and our goal is a team championship.”

Heading into the meet the Cougars have the top-ranked mark in six events, including the 800m, 10000m, 100m hurdles, 3000m steeplechase, high jump and javelin.

Junior Lacey Bleazard holds the top spot in the 800m and will look to win her sixth consecutive MWC 800m title. Bleazard has never lost an 800m final race in a MWC Championship meet in her BYU career.

Ranked at the top of the 10000m is transfer Morgan Haws who will be competing in her first ever MWC outdoor championship meet. Fatima Makakala will strive to win her first MWC individual championship in the 100m hurdles and enters the event with the top time of 13.63.

Katy Andrews, a junior, hopes to win her first MWC individual title as well. Andrews will step on the track with the top time in the 3000m steeplechase.

In the field, Ada Robinson ranks atop the high jump standings based on her mark of 1.81m achieved at the BYU Twilight Meet. Teammate Diana Blauer ranks third in the event.

Amber Freeman holds the advantage in the javelin for the Cougars and she is joined by several teammates in the top eight. Allyson Wardell, Julie Larsen and Erin Wells all rank in scoring position heading into the meet.

“The javelin may be our deepest event,” Shane said. “Coach (Dick) Legas has done a great job bringing these athletes along and we are very strong in this event, along with several others.”

The only events that do not feature BYU athletes in the top eight positions are the discus, long jump, 5000m and 400m. Every other event has at least two Cougars in scoring position, aside from the triple jump, shot put and heptathlon, in which only one BYU athlete will compete.

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