Hunter and Fernandez Shine at 800-meter on Day Two of Husky Classic

Meghan Hunter and Sebastian Fernandez each podiumed in their respective 800-meter events on the final day of competition of the Husky Classic.


SEATTLE — Meghan Hunter and Sebastian Fernandez each podiumed in their respective 800-meter races for the BYU track and field program on day two of the Husky Classic.

Full Results

Men's Recap

Fernandez clocked a 1:48.73 in the 800m race, placing third overall. The junior's performance fell just a second shy of his personal record of 1:47.63, a time that is No. 3 all-time on the program top-10 board. Freshman newcomer Carter Cutting placed seventh overall and first in his heat with a time of 1:50.58. Lucas Bons finished right behind Cutting, crossing the finish at 1:50.69 to land in eighth. 

"It was good to go in a great heat and just race it," said Fernandez. "Overall, it was just very fun and good to see how fast I could be today. It was also fun to hear all my teammates yelling encouragement at me throughout the race."

Wyatt Haughton ran 4:00.88 in the mile to take seventh overall and first in his heat. The freshman achieved a new personal record in the event, having previously run a 4:02.78 just two weeks prior at the John Thomas Terrier Classic. 

"We had some great racing by the mid-distance men today," said assistant men's distance coach Ryan Waite. "Wyatt got really close to the four-minute barrier in the mile, and our 800m runners all competed for wins in their respective heats. I think the day set us up really well for the distance medley relays next week and Big 12 Championships the week after."

Women's Recap

Hunter took home the 800m title Saturday afternoon, crossing the finish in a personal-best 2:02.17 to place No. 2 on the program's top-10 board. Her previous best of 2:03.54 came in the first race of the season at the Boston University Sharon-Colyear Season Opener.

Riley Chamberlain followed Hunter, running 2:03.94 across the finish line to place fifth overall. Chamberlain's race is No. 8 all-time in program history. 

The mile saw three Cougars run top-10 performances, with all three finishing in the top five of the field. Lexy-Halladay Lowry finished in 4:31.89 in third place and landed at No. 5 all-time in the program. Carmen Alder crossed next in fourth place, running 4:33.04 to improve upon her No. 6 all-time program performance. Sadie Sargent finished fifth at 4:33.36 to move to No. 7 all-time. 

The Cougars are set to compete at the Boston University Terrier DMR Challenge on Friday with events beginning at 7:15 p.m. EST .