SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Six BYU track and field athletes achieved marks at the San Diego Aztec Invitational that could potentially qualify them to compete at regionals on Saturday, bringing the total up to 13 with regional potential marks.
“I thought for the number of kids we brought down here, the meet went very well," BYU track and field coach Mark Robinson said. "Great weather, good competition. The kids had opportunities to perform on two different days. We had six qualify for regionals and we had half as many people perform as last week.”
On the men’s side, Jefferson Jarvis marked a lifetime best in the discus with a mark of 52.68 meters and placing second overall. Stephen French tied his lifetime best in the pole vault with a mark of 4.75 and placed fourth overall.
Madison Pachner, with a mark of 51.35 in the discus throw, and Tatenda Tsumba, with a time of 21.41 in the 200 meters dash, both placed first in their individual events.
Other top performances included second-place finishes by Kassie Nagel with a season-best performance in the shot put, Diamond Thomas in the women's 200 meter dash, and Tomi Adegoke in the men’s long jump.
“I thought the performances that people had went really well. If we can just keep going and do a little better each week, then we are going to be in great shape,” said Robinson.
Meet results can be found at goaztecs.com.
Next week the team will split up to perform at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and in the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, California.
PROVO, Utah – BYU track and field hits the road again this Friday and Saturday for its second meet of the outdoor season at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego.
“San Diego will be a nice meet coming on the heels of the USC meet,” BYU track and field head coach Ed Eyestone said. “I was really happy with the way the team came out with seven regional qualifiers in the first outdoor meet last weekend. I think this will be another opportunity for some of the athletes who were really close last week to hopefully get their qualifying marks this week.”
On the men’s side, those Eyestone says he expects to achieve results that would qualify themselves for regionals include "Tomi" Babatomiwa Adegoke (long jump), Craig Merkley (discus), Zachary Blackham (high jump), John Glazier (long jump), Jake Jarvis (pole vault), Jameson Shirley (pole vault) and Tatenda Tsumba (200 meters). In order to qualify for regional competition, athletes must own marks/times that rank inside the top-48 in the West Region in their respective events.
For the women’s squad, Eyestone says he believes Anginae Monteverde (pole vault), Nicole Naatjes (pole vault), Andrea Stapleton (high jump), Kassie Nagel (throws) and Madison Pachner (throws) are all capable of getting the marks needed for regional qualification at this weekend's meet.
“You can usually depend on good competition and conditions in San Diego,” Eyestone said. “I think all of those student-athletes will have a great chance.”
In the preseason outdoor rankings released earlier this week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the BYU men's team was ranked No. 20 in the country while the women's team sits at No. 40.