Cougars Gain Experience, Earn Marks at Shoot Out
POCATELLO -- Anse Myller DeAraujo won the triple jump in his second-straight meet to lead the BYU men's track and field team at the Idaho State Shoot Out on Friday.
DeAraujo, a sophomore, took the top mark in the triple jump for the second time after winning the event in the BYU Invitational last weekend. DeAraujo improved on his attempt of 48-08.75 last week with a jump of 49-00.25. Sophomore Kyle Mills finished second behind DeAraujo with a 46-08.25.
In the 400m, senior Bryan Payne came in as the runner-up at 49.19 while freshman James Derek McAllister finished two spots later at 49.91.
Senior Robert Harrison had two top-five finishes in the mile and 800m, finishing second and fifth, respectively. Harrison improved his mile time by almost five seconds from last weekend. Joining Harrison in the mile was sophomore Josh Adams, who finished fourth with a time of 4:21.34.
In other events, junior Chris Little took second in the pole vault (16-00.00), Trevor Heiner was third with a 6-07.00 in the high jump, and Mills and sophomore Brett Birkeland finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in the long jump.
BYU will next travel to New Mexico for the Cherry and Silver Invitational on Saturday.
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Track Teams Head North
PROVO -- One week after finishing their only home indoor meet of the season, the BYU men’s and women’s track teams will head north to Pocatello, Idaho to compete in the one-day Bengal Shootout on Friday.
The meet will be scored in dual meet format, similar to the scoring of the Mountain West Conference and NCAA Championships. The event is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. MST and will feature teams from Idaho State, Weber State, North Dakota and Southern Utah.
“We are going to take a large number of people, a lot of athletes that usually do not get a lot of opportunities,” women’s coach Craig Poole said. “We want to find some new young talent that can help us down the road at our bigger meets and at conference. This meet is a chance to gain some needed experience and continue to improve our technical proficiency.”
Both BYU teams were successful in the 2009 Shootout, with the women winning each of their scored match ups and the men allowing many athletes to gain valuable experience.
“The track is wood so it’s a little trickier,” said men’s coach Mark Robison. “Each week we’re trying to get a little better competition. We want to find our team and see who are our best people.”
The meet will be run in a condensed format, with all the events taking place on Friday.