NAMPA, Idaho – BYU dominated jumping events on the men's side and showed off its women's distance runners as the Cougars competed in the Ed Jacoby Indoor Invitational this weekend.
"I thought Zachary Blackham set the tone early by winning the high jump," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "I also thought our women's distance runners had some great performances despite running events that aren't necessarily their best distances."
Blackham won the high jump with a jump of 2.10 meters. Sophomore Adam Mikkelsen claimed first place in the pole vault with a mark of 4.95 meters.Zimbabwe's Tatenda Tsumba's leap of 7.02 meters was good enough for first place in the long jump, the second week in a row for the BYU freshman. Sophomore Blake Steeves won the triple jump with a mark of 14.42 meters.
Zachary Stetler won the shot put for the second week in a row, dominating the event with a throw of 17.16 meters.
Sean Adams (21.84) and Jesse White (21.88) took first and second in the 200 meters.
In the men's 800 meters, Colter Rockwell (1:53.02) and Jonathan Harper (1:53.82) finished first and second among collegiate runners, trailing former BYU runner and current director of track operations Ryan Waite (1:52.02).
Max Scheible (48.73) and Cam Dopp (48.85) placed second and third in the 400 meters.
BYU's men's 4X400 meters team—featuring White, Adams, Korey Smith and Shaquille Walker won the 4x400 with a time of 3:10.89.
"They had a gusty race," Eyestone said. "Sean cramped up but was able to finish his leg with courage. They missed the school record by only one second."
On the women's side, BYU distance runners excelled. Kelsey Brown won the mile (4:55.40), Madelyn Brooks (2:12.80) won the 800 meters and McKenzie Weir (10:09.62) won the 3000 meters.
"Our women's distance runners opened up their season nicely today," Eyestone said.
Emily Bever finished second in the 800 meters, with a time of 2:14.75.
Maria Morley (10:13.48), Kelsey Braithwaite (10:16.16) and Emily Allen (10:27.34) followed Weir, taking second, third and fourth place in the 3000 meters.
"We didn't quite hit the time that we wanted, because we started out slow as a group," Weir said. "But once we got out we were able to get into the rhythm and just cruise."
Nicole Laws won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.59 seconds.