PROVO -- BYU track and field coaches Mark Robison and Craig Poole were pleased with what they saw as the men’s and women’s teams got the indoor season going at the BYU Invitational.
The Cougars went 1-2-3 in the women’s 60m hurdles with senior Amy Otis, junior Mindy Robins and sophomore Fatima Makakala.
Senior Mindy McClurkin and junior Porshe Giddings finished in the top two in the women’s 60-meters and Natalie Stewart and Nachelle Stewart did the same in the 400-meter finals.
The 4x1 lap relay team of Jenessa Carlson, Taylor Stapley, Jane Larkin and Tamra Keys took first while the Cougars’ other team, consisting of Chelsea Taylor, Porshe Giddings, Natalie Stewart and Kylie Measom took third.
Brian Weirich, a junior, took the mile run while Reagan Frey, Josh Adams and Robert Harrison finished in the three through five spots.
Sophomore Justin Hedin finished over a second faster than his nearest competitor in the 800-meters while senior James Heiner finished third in the same event.
The Cougars were strong as usual in the 3000-meters, with senior Jon Kotter taking first almost eight seconds better than freshman teammates Jonathan Nelson who in turn finished 16 seconds faster than the third-place finisher.
Sophomore Rhyan Atrice also claimed the top spot in the 400-meters for BYU.
Both the men's and women's teams will compete next at Idaho State on Friday.
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PROVO -- The first indoor meet of the season for the BYU men’s and women’s track teams commences this Friday at the BYU Home Invitational in the Smith Fieldhouse.
“We are not trying to look down on the whole season,” women’s head coach Craig Poole said. “Our anticipations are always to be successful and our goals and our work load are directed to that end.”
After a historic 2009 indoor season, the women’s track team starts this season ranked fifth in the country according to the USTFCCCA preseason rankings. The men’s team will start ranked 27th in the preseason rankings. Providing the early competition for the Cougars this weekend will be runners from Utah Valley, Weber State and Utah.
“We have many strong athletes in all events, and we hope to attain the status of a top-20 team this season,” men’s coach Mark Robison said. “We are ready to see who steps up.”
The Invitational will begin Friday at noon MST with the women’s pentathlon and will close at 5:00 p.m. with the women’s shot put. The meet will continue into Saturday, starting with the men’s heptathlon at 10:00 a.m. and ending with the men and women’s 4x1 lap (322m) relay.