Cougars stand out at Lobo Invitational
Albuquerque, N.M.-- Braydon Bringhurst led a group of solid performances for BYU men's track & field at the Lobo Invitational Saturday.
“For the first road trip of the year we came together and performed well,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “We saw personal bests everywhere. I was particularly impressed with our vaulters. Out team realizes that the training they are doing is yielding dividends and we are looking forward to future meets to keep improving.”
The Cougars took two of the top three spots in the pole vault, with Bringhurst taking first with a mark of 5.50m, a height good for fourth all-time at BYU and one that should qualify him for the national meet. Kyle Brown finished in third (5.05m).
“That's what we like to see, especially from our team captains,” Eyestone said. “I was very happy about that.”
Mario Harper finished in fourth place in the 400m dash with a time of 48.72, a new indoor personal best. Craig Merkley also set a new personal record in the weight throw with a mark of 18.66m, good for first place overall. Korey Smith finished in second place in the 600m in 1:20.34.
Zach Stetler took third place in the shot put, finishing with a throw of 16.94m. Zach Blackham was the highest placing Cougar in the high jump, taking second place with a mark of 2.05m.
Highlights can be found on YouTube.
PROVO, Utah -- BYU men’s track will compete in its first road meet of the indoor season this weekend as they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for the Lobo Collegiate Invitational.
“I think it will be a good meet," head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We are taking a large group and there will be some good competition. This track is where the NCAA indoor meet will be held; it will be a nice opportunity for us to compete on a 200 meter track, the same track we will compete on at nationals.”
The Cougars are looking to build on a strong showing at last weekend’s BYU Indoor Invitational. Dakoda John, Sam Rockwood and Zachary Blackham all cleared 6 feet 11 inches in the high jump last weekend and lead a deep group of high jumpers. Zach Stetler leads the Cougars in throws, Braydon Bringhurst in the pole vault and Tommy Gruenewald in the mile. Korey Smith hopes to build off a solid performance at the BYU Indoor Invitational where he took first in the 500m and was part of the 4x400m relay team that took first.
The meet will take place at the Albuquerque Convention Center and will last all day Saturday.