COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. and SEATTLE — Fan Fan Charles made his debut performance in the 60 meters at the Air Force Collegiate Open in Colorado Springs.
The Cougars split up and half of the team traveled to Seattle to compete in the Husky Classic. The Husky Classic is traditionally a great venue for long distance runners, while the Air Force Collegiate Open is better designed for power events.
“There were a lot of improvements and good marks today,” hurdles and jumps coach Mark Robison said. “So we are just looking ahead to the MPSF meet and what’s ahead. There were a lot of really good performances today.”
Charles has been suffering from an injury all season and performed today for the first time in the 60m dash with a time of 6.91 and barely missed qualifying for finals.
Bejon Bryant finished in third place in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.27 which is his new season best.
Braydon Bringhurst has been performing consistently, earning third place with a mark of 5.45m (17’10.5”) for the third week in a row. Alex Ashworth had his best mark of the season in the long jump with a 7.12m (23’4.5”).
In Seattle, Jared Ward took second place in the invitational section of the 5K with a time of 13:42.17. Tyrell Yardley won the 400m with a time of 48.40. BYU also took second in the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:13.18. Sean Adams, Tyrell Yardley, Mario Harper and Korey Smith all ran in the relay.
Full results for the meet in Washington can be found at GoHuskies.com and results for the meet at the Academy can be found at TFRRS.org.
PROVO, Utah—BYU men’s track splits up this weekend with distance and mid-distance runners headed to Seattle to compete in the UW Invitational, and field athletes and sprinters going to Air Force for the Air Force Collegiate Open.
“We are looking forward to these meets,” head coach Ed Eyestone said. “This should be a big weekend for our distance runners. Seattle has a great track for distance and we have to maximize our opportunities there. It is just a matter of getting qualifying marks for nationals.”
“Ward has looked very fit in workouts and we hope he gets a top-10 time in the country,” Eyestone said. “Thatcher is rounding into shape after being injured. He should take a big step forward.”
Aaron Fletcher will run in the 3,000 meters for the first time this season and will be joined by Jonathan Harper, Curtis Carr and Jason Witt for strong group of BYU runners. Tommy Gruenewald leads the Cougars in the mile.
The men’s invitational 5,000 meters will take place Friday at 5:50 p.m. PST. The 3,000 meters open race will be at 8:15 a.m. PST Saturday morning with the invitational race at 4:55 p.m. A full schedule can be found on GoHuskies.com. Live results will also be made available.
Braydon Bringhurst looks to continue his standout season with another solid performance at the Air Force Invitational in the pole vault. Dakoda John and Sam Rockwood lead the Cougars in the high jump. Craig Merkley and Zachary Stetler have been consistent in the weight throw and shot put, respectively.