PROVO, Utah—The BYU track team will host the last home meet of the season before heading to the NCAA prelims next weekend. The BYU Last Chance meet, to be held Thursday and Friday at Clarence F. Robison Track, will allow some athletes to sharpen their times and others to have one more chance to qualify for the NCAA’s.
“The purpose for the Last Chance Meet is for those 45-plus athletes that will probably be advancing to the first round of the NCAA’s,” BYU track and field head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We are looking at this as a sharpening meet for them. In some cases, they will be performing in their event to improve or tighten up their game going into the nationals. For others it will be dropping down to another event to maybe run a little faster and sharpen up for the meet. Then another smaller group will be using this as a last chance to perform to get to the top 48 in order to advance forward. A lot of athletes, more so the distance athletes that competed hard last week at the Oxy meet reaching personal records, will just be be training through this week.”
BYU will be competing mainly against themselves, but Westminster College will also be sending some athletes down to compete as well.
Hosting a home meet allows the team to stay home, sleep in their own beds, and stay in their real routine. Eyestone said the athletes feel a certain level of comfort when they get to race on their own track.
“When you know this track and you do all your workouts on it, I think there’s a level of comfort that comes in," Eyestone said. "I think that’s one of the great things for a home meet. On one hand its nice to be competing at home, but on the other hand sometimes you have to rev yourself up an extra level when you know its you against your teammates."