POCATELLO -- Amidst the snow of Idaho, the BYU Cougars found some bright spots in their performance this weekend at the Mountain State Games where they had an opportunity to mix up their events and evaluate their team before Mountain West Conference Championships in three weeks.
A bright spot for the Cougar women's team was the triple team of hurdlers, Amy Menlove, Miriam Fisher and Hillary Enloe who took first (Menlove --7.93 -- season best), second (Fisher -- 7.97) and fifth (Enloe -- 8.29 -- season best) in the 55m hurdles.
"Actually all our hurdlers did very well today," women's head coach Craig Poole said. "With Amy Menlove's performance she was able to qualify for NCAA's."
Also taking first for the Cougars at the invitational was both the women and men's 1600m-relay team who finished in 3:51.45 and 3:14.83 respectively.
On the men's side BYU's David Chesser placed second in the 400-meter in 47.65, his new personal record and Doug Hall took second in the 1 Mile in 4:15.89.
The men's 3000-meter team took first, fourth and eighth with David Woodbury's first place run in 8:47.39.
"Lots of our men ran off distances today," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "They wanted a change of pace and a strength workout so that is what we do. Overall, they ran well and we had some good events."
The men's shot put was the teams strongest event with the tag-team of Nic and Dan Arrhenius who took first and third respectively. With Dan's throw of 58-03.50, his largest distance thrown indoor, he earned himself a provisional spot at the NCAA's in a month.
Women's coach Poole said that overall the team did not post their best marks but were still sore from hard workouts this week.
"From the standpoint of the circumstances we were in," Poole said, "I feel very upbeat about their performance and plan to prepare the team a little differently to run in Washington, in hopes of posting different marks next week."
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Mountain States Games - 2/6/2004 to 2/7/2004
Qualifying at the Mountain State Games
PROVO -- The BYU men and women's track team heads to Pocatello, Idaho for the Mountain State Games this weekend to prove their strength and speed.
For many athletes this weekend will be the last chance they have to qualify for nationals before the Mountain West Conference Championships at the end of February.
"After this weekend we only have an away meet at Washington and then the conference championships," men's head coach Mark Robison said. "We can't take the entire team with us when we travel so for some of these guys this is their last chance to prove themselves."
The meet will kick off Friday, Feb. 6 and continue through Saturday, Feb. 7. Idaho State will host the meet at Hold Arena with athletes from Montana State, Montana, Utah State, University of Utah, Weber State, Utah Valley State, Southern Utah and Sacramento State competing in the meet.Ã‚Â
"We are excited to take almost the entire team to these games," women's head coach Craig Poole said.
The meet will be held in two rounds with a trial round and a final round so athletes will plan to post their best marks and get good placement in each event.
"We have the Mountain West Conference Championships in two weeks," Robison said. "This is crunch time for us. We have to perform."
The women's team said although they are not peaking yet, they are starting to perform at the levels excepted for this season. On the men's side they continue to perform well and are looking for some more NCAA qualifications.
"We are finally starting to get back some guys who have been injured for a long time," Robison said. "This weekend we will open up Chad Simkins and look forward to see Josh Rohatinsky in action again after his mission."
The Cougars will take their sprinters, jumpers, hurdlers and pole vaulters this weekend, leaving the distance squads home to train for University of Washington in two-weeks.