Jacksons Indoor Track
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BOISE, Idaho – The BYU women’s track and field team opened its season at the Blue and Orange Opener in Boise, Idaho, Saturday with four first-place finishes.
“Overall we looked strong," head coach Patrick Shane said. "We are really young, but I was very encouraged today. As coaches we were able to see the girls did their part over the break. It showed in the way they performed."
BYU dominated the distance events with first-place finishes in the 800 meter run, 1-mile run and 3,000 meter run.
In the 800 meters, walk-on freshman Rachel Stewart led the pack with a time of 2:14.60. She was followed by Ashleigh Warner (2:14.75), Sarah Yingling (2:15.66) and Candace Eddy Carlisle (2:24.97) who finished in second, third and fifth, respectively.
The Cougars took eight of the top 10 spots in the mile race. University of Oklahoma transfer Kelsey Brown took first place with a time of 4:51.31 in her BYU debut. The top five was rounded out by Cougars Lindsey Sowards Nielson (4:56.54), Stewart (4:56.86), Carlisle (4:57.05) and Natalie Shields (4:57.96). Stewart's time was also a personal record.
With a time of 10:00.21, Andrea Harrison took first place in the 3,000 meter run. Again, the Cougars earned the top-five places with Nicole Nielsen (10:03.03), Laura Young (10:13.87), Carrie Jube (10:14.17) and Katie Swanson (10:17.13).
In the high jump, Melissa Merrill (5-05) and Taylor Stapley (5-03) took third and fourth, respectively. Long jumper Shea Taylor finished in third place with a jump of 17-08.25 and Elizabeth Wilson took second in the triple jump with a distance of 39-03.25. Melissa Keltner (38-08.25) and Kensey Berry (37-05.75) took third and fifth in the triple jump, respectively.
Rachel Fisher earned first place in the pole vault, clearing a height of 12-11.50.
Full results from the Boise State Invitational can be found here.
Meanwhile back in Provo, the throwers on the women’s team competed in the shot put and 20 lb. weight throw during the final day of BYU Invitational.
Brianna French took sixth place in the women’s shot put finals with a mark of 40-09.00. Cougar senior Sharisa Thayer finished in eighth place with a throw of 40-02.25.
The final results from the BYU Invitational can be found here.
The Cougars head to New Mexico next week for the Cherry & Silver Invitational.
Womenâ€™s track begins 2013 with the Cougar and Blue & Orange Invitationals
PROVO, Utah – The BYU women’s track and field team kicks off the 2013 indoor season this weekend with the annual BYU Cougar Invitational and the Blue & Orange Invitational.
BYU’s throwers will compete in Provo, Utah, while the rest of the women’s team heads to Boise, Idaho.
“Following a long break, these two meets will let us see who followed their holiday workouts,” head coach Patrick Shane said, “but there will also be some surprises. Some of our athletes will get great marks we didn’t expect.”
The women’s events for the Cougar Invitational are set to begin on Thursday at 8:45 p.m. MST with the discus in the Indoor Practice Facility and will continue through Saturday morning. All other events will take place in the Smith Fieldhouse.
For more information about times and events, visit the event homepage. BYU will compete against athletes from the University of Utah and Utah Valley University.
Results for the meet will be posted on RunnerCard.com following each event.
The Boise State Invitational will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. MST at the Jacksons Indoor Track Facility with the women’s high jump and will conclude at approximately 4:00 p.m. MST.
A full schedule of events are outlined on Boise State’s track and field website. Other schools competing at the Invitational include Boise State, Oregon, Nevada and Northwest Nazarene.
Live stats for the Boise State Invitational can be found here.
More detailed information about the top BYU women's track and field athletes can be found in the 2013 season preview.