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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – During the final day of the Air Force Team Challenge in Colorado and the Husky Classic in Washington, the women’s track & field team combined for 11 career-best marks in respective events.
“I am ecstatic,” head coach Patrick Shane said. “I have coached a long time, and this is the first time we've had so many personal bests in the same night. These athletes are only getting better. If they believe in themselves and don’t put up any barriers, that will continue to happen.”
In Washington, the Cougars were led by freshman Erica Birk in the 3,000-meter race with a career-best time of 9 minutes 31.77 seconds. Though she finished fifth overall, Birk’s time ranks her 10th on BYU’s all-time record board in her first 3,000m race of her collegiate career.
Also competing in the 3,000m along with Birk were Laura Young, Andrea Nelson Harrison, Maren Hanson Fassmann and Jennica Redd. Young and Harrison finished in 11th and 15th overall with times of 9:41.22 and 9:43.95, respectively. Fassmann and Redd finished 29th and 36th in 9:55.15 and 10:04.27, respectively. All six runners in the 3,000m finished with career-best times.
In the mile, Rachel Stewart set a new personal record with her 15th-place finish in 4:54.93.
Nicole Rudd Bringhurst, who had never run in a collegiate 800-meter race before tonight, placed first in her heat and 23rd overall with a time of 2:14.34.
Full results for the Husky Classic can be found here.
To read about Day 1 of the Husky Classic, click here.
In Colorado, the Cougars were led by Rachel Fisher in the pole vault. Though not a personal record, Fisher’s vault of 4.00m put her in first place for the fourth time this season.
Taylor Stapley also recorded career bests in the 60m hurdles (8.94) and the high jump (1.73m, 5-8.00) with 9th and 5th-place finishes, respectively.
Meaghan Heffelfinger finished seventh in the weight throw with a mark of 15.98m (52-5.25), a new personal best by .57m.
In the shot put, Brianna French finished fifth overall, also recording a career best with a throw of 12.96m (42-6.25).
Full results for the Air Force Team Challenge can be found here.
Up next for the track & field team is the MPSF Championships, which will take place in Seattle at the Dempsey Indoor Track Feb. 22-23.
Women's track heads back to Washington and Colorado
PROVO, Utah – The women’s track & field team heads back to Washington for the Husky Classic and to Colorado for the Air Force Team Challenge this weekend for the final meets before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.
Similar to a few weeks ago, the distance runners will compete in Washington Feb. 8-9, and the power athletes will compete in Colorado on Feb. 9.
“We have a nice group going to both meets,” head coach Patrick Shane said. “Our athlete’s objective is to improve on their individual rankings in the MPSF. We only take 27 athletes to the conference championships, and this week will determine who travels and who doesn’t.”
The Husky Classic will begin for the Cougars on Friday at 5:30 p.m. PST with the 5,000-meter race in which Natalie Shields will compete in for the first time this year. Previously, Shields has competed in the mile (4:57.96) and the 3,000 (9:47.44) finishing fifth and first, respectively.
Also competing in the Husky Classic are Erica Birk, Candace Eddy Carlisle and Nicole Rudd. Birk, who finished second in the mile during her last meet in Washington, will compete in the 3,000 along with Carlisle. Rudd in set to compete in the 400.
Competing in the Air Force Team Challenge is Elizabeth Wilson. Two weeks ago, Wilson finished third overall in the Pentathlon with 3,762 points. Wilson now currently ranks ninth on the BYU all-time record board. She is set to compete in the triple jump.
The Cougar's top pole vaulters, Rachel Fisher and Kelli Ehardt, will also compete in the Air Force Team Challenge hoping to improve from where they left off. During the Air Force Invitational in January, Fisher finished first clearing 4.00m (13-01.50), and Ehardt finished second with the same vault.
Live stats for the Husky Classic can be found at GoHuskies.com.
Live stats for the Air Force Team Challenge can be found at DirectAthletics.com.