Track Builds Momentum Over Weekend Meets
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Scattering athletes at different meets all over the country, BYU’s track teams continued to see improvement in performance as the outdoor season continues.
At the Sun Angel meet in Tempe,AZ, senior Oliver Whaley recorded a throw of 61.15m for a sixth place finish in the hammer throw. In the shot put, junior Colby Barber finished second for BYU with a throw of 17.18m.
Sophomore Sean Adams and junior Steven Hart took first and second place, respectively in the 400-meter. Adams ran a 48.21 and Hart clocked a 48.45 right behind him.
In the 800-meter senior James Heiner took third in the open division with a time of 1:51.22 and junior Miles Batty made his outdoor debut with a third place finish in the premier division with a time of 1:49.32.
Junior Kyle Mills won the triple jump in the open division. Mills went for a jump of 14.75m.
A few field athletes made the trip to Texas for the annual Texas Relays. Senior Leif Arrhenius won the discus with a throw of 60.75m. Arrhenius also finished fifth in the shot put with a toss of 18.33m.
Pole vaulters were strong in Texas with senior Chris Little and sophomore Victor Weirich both clearing 5.35m to grab the fifth and sixth place finishes. Senior Tanner Emrich competed in a different section and finished in second with a mark of 5.20m.
At the UVU Dual Meet, freshman Bryson Strupp took second in the high jump, clearing 1.83m. Freshman Tyler Brown competed in the pole vault and won the event by clearing 4.75m.
On the women’s side, the 4x400 relay team nabbed a first place finish in the open division in Tempe. Senior Porshe Giddings, juniors Sarah Edwards and Lacey Bleazard, and senior Katie Palmer finished in a time of 3:43.73 for the win.
Bleazard also took second overall in the 800-meter premier event with a time of 2:05.82 to be the quickest collegiate athlete in the event. Palmer also finished third overall and was the first collegiate runner in the 1500-meter, clocking a 4:21.11.
Junior Diana Blauer finished first in the high jump with a mark of 1.75m.
Both track teams will continue workouts this week in preparation for the Utah State Invitational and Mt. Sac Relays next weekend.
Track Sends Athletes to Arizona, Texas and Utah Meets
PROVO, Utah -- BYU track and field will continue its season this weekend as the teams send athletes to three meets throughout the country, including the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State, Spring Break Classic at Utah and the Texas Relays.
“We expect some good marks from our sprinters and power people this weekend, especially in Arizona,” women’s head coach Patrick Shane said. “We will also be taking a number of our better distance runners, including Katie Palmer for the 1500m and Lacey Bleazard for the 800m, and expect good things from them as well.”
The majority of the men’s and women’s athletes will head to Arizona to take on athletes from Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northern Arizona, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.
Competition at the Sun Angel Classic will begin on Friday with the hammer throw and pole vault and will continue on Saturday will all other events.
Along with the Sun Angel Classic several athletes will compete at the Mesa Classic at Mesa Community College on Friday evening. About 10 athletes from the men’s and women’s teams will compete at both meets in Arizona.
A few men’s athletes will head to Texas to compete in the prestigious Texas Relays. Teams from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, SMU, Texas and Texas A&M will all be in attendance, along with many other colleges from across the nation.
Kelli Ehardt will compete in the pole vault in Texas and will be the only women’s athlete from BYU at the meet.
The Cougars women’s team will send 24 athletes to the Utah Spring Break Classic on Friday. BYU will match up against athletes from Southern Utah, Weber State and Utah.
The meet will be the first ever-home meet run at the brand new McCarthey Family Track and Field complex on the Utah campus. Competition will begin at 1:00 pm MT and live results will be available on runnercard.com.