OGDEN -- Competing against mostly in-state competition in a field of eight teams, the BYU women's track team recorded a second-place finish , and the men's team came in fourth Saturday at the Weber State Invitational.
Colorado State won the women's competition with 121 points, followed by the Cougars with 107 and Utah State with 103. BYU struggled against cold, wet conditions, managing only two event wins in the entire meet. Junior Nikki Hughes won the long jump with a leap of 19'4", and senior Kristel Berendsen finished second in the event with a mark of 18'3.75". Senior All-American Jeana Bingham cleared 5'8.5" to win the high jump competition and record the only other victory for BYU. Teammate Analee Carter took third place with a mark of 5'6.5". Becky Beachler finished second in the shot put (45'9.5") and fourth in the discus (146'1.5"), and the Cougars took second and third place in the javelin as Carrie Sanders threw 137'0" and Maret Komarova recorded a mark of 133'11".
The BYU men's team recorded a total of five event wins at the Ogden meet, and finished with 97 points. Utah State won the meet with 120 points, followed by CSU (119) and host Weber State (103). Senior All-American Kenneth Andam won the 100 meters in a time of 10.12 seconds, improving on his season best of 10.13. Senior Slade Combs scored 20 team points by recording wins in the 110-meter hurdles (14.15) and the 200 meters (20.88). Senior Jim Roberts took first place in the shot put with a toss of 62'9.25"to record the only other individual win for the Cougars. The BYU 4x100-meter relay team circled the track in 40.48 to record a first-place finish.
Next week, the Cougars will compete with split squads as some team members will travel to Walnut, California for the Mt. SAC Relays. The rest of the team will compete in the Mark Faldmo Open, hosted by Utah State University.
For complete results of the Weber meet, go to http://weber.edu/athletics/mTrack/default.htm
PROVO -- For the first time this season, the BYU men's and women's track teams will send a majority of their athletes to a single meet. The two teams will compete in the Weber State Collegiate Invitational, to be held Saturday at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah. The Cougars will also send a few athletes to Tempe, Arizona to compete in the Sun Angel Track Classic.
The Ogden meet features a combination of Big Sky and Mountain West Conference teams, with Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Idaho State, Montana State, Utah, Utah State and Utah Valley State College scheduled to compete.
"This will be the best field we have had for an outdoor track and field meet here since the 1998 Big Sky Conferencemeet," said Weber State men's coach Chick Hislop. "BYU brings a national caliber team, both men and women, as does Colorado State."
In the men's competition, BYU's Jim Roberts and Utah State's James Parker will be the top contender in the throwing events. Roberts holds the third best mark in the country in the shot put, and Parker is ranked No. 1 in the nation in the hammer throw. In addition, CSU's eight-time All-American Bryan Berryhill is entered in the 800 meters, and Weber State's Charles Clingler, the 2001 NCAA Indoor high jump champion, is scheduled to compete Saturday.
On the women's side, BYU senior All-American Jeana Bingham enters this weekend's meet with the second best high jump mark in the country. The 3,000-meter steeplechase will be run for the first time even on the Child Track surface.