Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex
1600 N. Canyon Road Provo UT 84604
PROVO, Utah – Makenna Smith won the mile and 800 meters Thursday, as BYU participated in its Last Chance Invitational at the Clarence F. Robison Track Complex.
Smith, a senior, finished with times of 4:58.19 in the mile and 2:14.32 in the 800 meters in her last home meet at BYU.
Competing in the heptathlon, sophomore Nicole Laws jumped to a personal record in the high jump. Her mark of 5-feet-10.5-inches (1.79 meters) places her ninth overall in school history.
Sophomore Zachary Blackham took home another win in the high jump with a mark of 7-feet-1-inch (2.16 meters). Blackham has now won the high jump at nine meets during his collegiate career.
Kaylee Packham ran away with the 400-meter hurdles and moved into eighth all-time in school history in that event (barring potential wind adjustment or negation) with a time of 59.05.
Redshirt sprinter Tatenda Tsumba showed signs of things to come, registering wind-assisted times of 10.34 in the 100 meters and 20.68 in the 200 meters. Thursday’s wind-aided sprint times do not qualify for records, but Tsumba’s performances are among the best in BYU track and field history.
With the regular season in the books, qualified athletes will compete in the NCAA West Preliminaries, which begin May 28.
PROVO, Utah – Athletes will have one more opportunity to qualify for the 2015 West Regionals at BYU’s “Last Chance Invitational” at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex Wednesday and Thursday.
Participants at the meet will include BYU, Gonzaga and a handful of athletes from Arkansas State, Westminster and Utah.
The meet will begin Wednesday at 12 p.m. MDT with the women’s heptathlon, and will run through Thursday until 4 p.m. The meet schedule and a link to the results can be found at runnercard.com.
Athletes to watch
After running the 1500m in 3:45.89 last weekend, Horrocks finds himself in contention to earn a spot at regionals. The NCAA has standardized conversion factors from mile times to 1500m times, so a great performance in the mile will go a long way in determining whether he qualifies for the 1500m at regionals. The mile will take place Thursday at 1:40 p.m.
Rockwell inserted himself into the West Regional conversation last weekend in the 800m with a personal-best time of 1:50.47. Hoping to be pushed by teammate and No. 1 ranked Shaquille Walker, Rockwell looks to improve by at least a half-second to improve his chances. The 800m is scheduled Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
Jennica Redd-3000-meter steeplechase
Redd is the 24th-ranked 3000-meter steeplechaser in the West. Having already secured a spot at regionals, Redd will look to improve her time and gain some momentum heading into the postseason.
Makenna Smith-1500m, 800m
Smith holds team-best times in the 1500m and 5000m this season. Her time of 16:11.60 in the 5000m is No. 24 in the West. On Thursday, Smith will participate at 1:25 p.m. in the mile and again at 2:25 p.m. in 800m.