SEATTLE – Jason Witt broke the University of Washington Invitational record in the 5000 meters Friday, and Shaquille Walker broke the school indoor record in the 800 meters as BYU athletes competed in two meets over the weekend.
"It was a great weekend for us," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "We had some guys opening up in their respective events and we saw some fireworks."
Witt's time of 13:42.09 bested his personal record in the 5000 meters by ten seconds, placing him just over a tenth of a second behind Jared Ward's school record (13:41.97) from 2013. Ward, who's currently part of the BYU track and field staff, paced Witt to his easy victory. The Cougars swept the event with Steve Flint (14:11.33) and Spencer Hanson (14:13.15) finishing second and third.
Walker's time of 1:47.44 in the 800 meters became the fastest indoor time in school history and the fifth-fastest 800-meter time overall for a BYU runner. His time is also the third-fastest 800 meters in the nation this year.
BYU women Madelyn Brooks (2:10.25) and Emily Bever (2:10.54) took first and second in the 800 meters.
NEW YORK – At the Armory Invitational in New York, jumpers highlighted BYU's performance, as four BYU athletes finished in the top four in jumping events.
Zachary Blackham won the high jump and tied his personal best with a mark of 2.12 meters.
On the women's side, Anginae Montverde finished third in the pole vault with a mark of 4.15 meters.
PROVO, Utah – BYU sprinters and jumpers travel to the Armory Track Invitational in New York City as distance runners and throwers head to the University of Washington Invitational in Seattle for meets this weekend.
“There should be some banner times for the team this week,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “Many of our top distance athletes will be opening up at the meet in Seattle. The New York meet will be a good opportunity for our sprinters because it’s a 200-meter track, which is what they’ll see at the NCAA meet.”
Athletes to watch
Shaquille Walker comes into the UW Invitational with an undefeated record in two 2015 races. He will be competing in his best event, the 800 meters, this weekend.
Jason Witt will attempt an NCAA qualifying time and BYU record in the 5000 meters in Seattle. Witt ran a 13:52.57 in the 5000 meters at the MPSF Indoor Championships last year — the sixth best time in BYU history.
Shea Martinez and Kelsey Brown will headline the women’s team in the 800 meters. Eyestone said both could make a run at an NCAA qualifying time.
Competing for the first time this indoor season, pole vaulter Braydon Bringhurst will attempt to repeat his first-place performance at last year’s Armory Invitational.