Arrhenius Qualifies for Second Event on Final Day


AUSTIN -- Leif Arrhenius qualified for nationals in the discus on Saturday as BYU men’s track and field concluded competition at the NCAA West Preliminary. Arrhenius is one of eight Cougars to earn NCAA Championship qualifying marks during the three-day preliminary.

“Everyone competed well and several of our guys did better than they were ranked,” BYU men’s coach Mark Robison said. “To have eight athletes qualify for nationals is a great accomplishment. Even more exciting is that all eight have a chance to be an All-American.”

Arrhenius tossed the discus 57.39 meters (188-03) on Saturday to take sixth place. He is one of six BYU throwers to qualify for nationals and is the only to qualify in two events. Arrhenius also qualified in the shot put, finishing sixth in the west.

Other Cougars competing Saturday included Daniel Lawson (19th) in the discus, Alden Bahr (29th) and Brandon Hebbert (35th) in the 5000 meters, Kyle Mills (40th) in the triple jump and the 4x400 meter relay team (20th) that consisted of Bryan Payne, Derek McCallister, Ryan Waite and Rhyan Atrice.

The NCAA National Championships will be held June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.

See the list below for the athlete’s marks from Saturday and a list of the BYU’s 2010 NCAA Championship qualifiers. CLICK HERE for complete results.

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Saturday's Results

Rank Name Event Mark

6 Leif Arrhenius* Discus 57.39mq 188-03

19 Daniel Lawson Discus 52.33m 171-08

29 Alden Bahr 5000m 14:39.19

35 Brandon Hebbert 5000m 14:51.30

20 Brigham Young 4x400 Relay 3:10.17

40 Kyle Mills Triple Jump 14.71m 48-03.25

*Qualified for NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore.

BYU Men's Track and Field 2010 NCAA Championship Qualifiers

Rank Name Event Mark

10 Sean Richardson Javelin 67.09mq 220-01

11 Blaine Baker Javelin 66.72mq 218-11

12 Chris Reno Javelin 65.51mq 214-11

6 Leif Arrhenius Shot put 18.11mq 59-05.00

6 Leif Arrhenius Discus 57.39mq 188-03

7 Chris Little Pole Vault 5.30mq 17-04.50

6 Oliver Whaley Hammer Throw 64.09mq 210-03

4 Ryan Waite 800m 1:46.83Q

1 Richard Nelson Steeplechase 8:45.76Q