Dempsey Indoor Track Arena
3800 Montlake Blvd Seattle WA 98105
SEATTLE – Fan Fan Charles took fourth place in the 60-meter dash finals on Saturday at Dempsey Indoor Facility, helping BYU to a sixth-place finish with 46 points.
Charles finished the race with a time of 6.87, a tenth of a second off of his season-best mark of 6.77.
"Some very good things happened for us today," head coach Mark Robison said. "It was nice to see Fan running in top shape this weekend. We had some heptathlon athletes compete better than we expected and a few other athletes had some lifetime-best performances. I was very pleased."
BYU had three athletes earn a combined seven points in the men's heptathlon. Joshua Weirich (5,163), Chase Dalton (5,031) and Isaac Robison (5,027) took fifth, sixth and seventh place, respectively. The scores for Weirich and Robison were their best marks of the season.
In the 800-meter run, David Graham took third overall with a time of 1:50.62. He earned six points for BYU with his third-place finish.
A fifth-place finish by Tommy Gruenewald in the 3,000-meter run earned another four points for the Cougars. Gruenewald finished the race with a time of 8:07.21. Taylor Farnsworth also competed in the event and took 14th place in 8:14.01.
Tylor Thatcher set a personal record in the mile with a time of 4:07.95. Despite his impressive time, Thatcher took 18th overall in an event that featured four runners who broke the four-minute mark.
Cade Lindahl scored a point for BYU, finishing eighth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.20. Korey Smith also ran in the 400 for the Cougars, finishing 25th overall in 49.51. The 4 x 400-meter relay team of Lindahl, Smith, Graham and Ryan Waite finished in 9th place with a time of 3:16.92.
Full results from MPSF Championships can be found here.
The Cougars will have a week off before sending athletes to Fayetteville, Ark., for the NCAA National Indoor Championships.
Men's track heads to Seattle for MPSF Championship
PROVO, Utah -- The BYU men's track and field team will compete at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships this week, vying for the conference crown against 11 other schools, including No. 11 Oregon, No. 13 Arizona State and No. 14 Arizona.
"This is the most important meet of the indoor season for us," head coach Mark Robison said. "It's a scored meet, so it's kind of a barometer for us to show us how we match up against some of these Pac-12 schools."
For the 11th year in a row, the University of Washington will host the event at its Dempsey Indoor Facility. Last year, in its first season in the MPSF, BYU finished with 67 points, good for fifth place behind Arizona State (131.5), Stanford (81.5), Oregon (77) and Arizona (70).
"For lots of our guys, this is their last meet of the indoor season," Robison said. "We've got a few athletes that we're pretty sure will qualify for the national meet, but for everyone else, this is kind of their moment to show what they've got against some really good competition."
Jared Ward, Tylor Thatcher, Ryan Waite and Victor Weirich are the BYU athletes who are most likely to earn a spot at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The nation's top 16 athletes in each event will qualify for the national meet, which takes place in Fayetteville, Ark. on March 8 and 9. Ward and Thatcher are currently ranked 10th and 15th, respectively, in the 5,000-meter run. Waite is ranked 11th in the 800 meters and Weirich is all but a lock for the NCAA meet with the third-best pole vault mark in the country.
The MPSF Championship begins at 1 p.m. MST on Friday with the women's weight throw. The men's Distance Medley Relay will be the final event of the day, scheduled for 8:25 p.m. MST. Saturday morning will kick of at 11:30 a.m. MST with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. The meet will conclude with the men's 4 x 400 meter relay at approximately 3:40 p.m. MST on Saturday.
Visit Flotrack for live coverage of the events. Daily recaps will be posted on the BYU men's track and field schedule page soon after the daily results are available.