Robison Invitational Concludes Under Wet Conditions
PROVO -- The final day of competition at the 2009 BYU Robison Invitational was damped by rain but the Cougars managed to turn in several strong performances on Saturday.
“We did well today,” BYU women’s track coach Craig Poole said. “When it rains it kind of takes the emotion away from what we’re trying to do. We just have to come back another day and do better in better conditions.”
The Cougars earned NCAA regional qualifying marks in the pole vault as BYU swept the top-five places. Kari McAllister cleared 4.15 meters (13 feet 7.5 inches) to take first and was followed by Kelli Ehardt (4.05 meters, 13 feet 3.5 inches) and Christene Botteron (3.85 meters, 12 feet 7.50 inches) with all three qualifying for regionals. Shanie Bushman and Ashley Shepard finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Jenna Lowder gave the women an event victory with her efforts in the 800m open timed finals, crossing the finish line in 2:18.21, just 0.55 seconds ahead of Cassie Olson of Weber State.
Madara Dzalbe turned in a solid performance in the triple jump, taking third with a mark of 38 feet 2.25 inches. Cassandra Woodall placed fifth in the hammer throw for the Cougars with a throw of 51.22 meters (168 feet 0.5 inches).
Samantha Thayne ran strong in the 400 meter final, placing third with a time of 57.76 seconds.
The Cougars swept the top-two spots in the men’s steeple chase thanks to the efforts of Ryan Merriman and Regan Frey. Merriman won with a time of 9:17.92 while Frey was close behind in 9:26.39.
Justin Hedin turned in a solid performance in the 1 mile open timed finals, taking second with a 4:22.67 mark, just 0.17 behind the winner, Joshua McCabe, who ran unattached. Kevin Biesinger and Robert Harrison gave the men a pair of second-place finishes, Biesinger in the 400 meter final (47.91) and Harrison in the 800 meter open final (1:57.19).
Daniel Lawson matched Friday’s win in the discus with a first-place finish in the shot put. His mark of 16.89 meters (55 feet 5 inches) outdistanced Jed Sion (53 feet 4.25 inches) of Idaho State for the title.
Whitney Neves gave the Cougars another field event title by winning the pole vault invitational finals. A day after BYU swept the pole vault open, Neves cleared 17 feet 0.75 inches for the victory in the invitational finals.
The Cougars continued to control the field events as Trevor Heiner took home the high jump title by clearing 6 feet 8.75 inches.
Oliver Whaley gave the men a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss that measured 55.06 meters (180 feet 7.75 inches).
Robison Invitational to Begin Wednesday
PROVO -- After a record-breaking weekend, the BYU track and field teams return home to host the BYU Clarence Robison Invitational beginning Wednesday.
“We really hope the weather stays good for us this week,” said BYU men’s track and field head coach Mark Robison. “Typically this has been a great meet for us because our athletes are more rested from finals. We had a great week last week and I hope that we have even more people qualify this weekend.”
Coming off a strong weekend at the Utah State and Mt. Sac Relays, the Cougars look forward to being at home and qualifying more individuals for Regionals.
“We are very excited for our home meet,” said women’s distance coach Patrick Shane. “This is a great opportunity for fans and family to see our athletes compete. It will also be important for those athletes that have not yet established themselves on a regional or national level to get qualifying marks.”
Events begin Wednesday, kicking off with the decathlon at 12:15 p.m. MT. The heptathlon will begin early in the afternoon.
The Cougars will be going up against 13 teams, including Boise State, Idaho State, Southern Utah University, Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley and Weber State.