BYU Men Win Ninth Straight Indoor Title
ALBUQUERQUE -- The No. 7 BYU men’s track team picked up its ninth consecutive Mountain West Conference indoor championship with 193 points.
“What a great team effort,” head coach Mark Robison said. “I couldn’t be happier for our guys. The coaches and athletes all did great.”
BYU got five first place finishes on the second and final day of competition to secure the Cougar’s conference title. Air Force finished in second with 122 points.
“Today we had a phenomenal day,” Robison said. “We performed extremely well.”
Sophomore Victor Weirich won the pole vault, clearing a height of 5.38m (17-07.75). BYU picked up even more points with seniors Chris Little finishing second and Tanner Emrich taking fourth.
The triple jump went well for junior Anse Myller DeAraujo jumping 15.15m (49-08.50) for third place. Junior Kyle Mills finished in fifth place and jumped 14.94m (49-00.25).
Senior Leif Arrhenius picked up his second championship of the meet with a victory in the shot put. The All-American had a throw of 18.80m (61-08.25).
The Cougars also had a one-two finish in the 800-meter with junior Justin Hedin taking the top spot with a time of 1:49.77 for a new meet record and senior Brian Weirich right behind him with a time of 1:50.60.
In the 400-meter dash, BYU was able to again pick up the first and second spots to pick up more points. Junior Chris Carter ran a 47.73 for the win and sophomore Sean Adams in 48.16 for the second-place finish. Sophomore James Derek McAllister picked up a sixth place finish with a time of 49.59.
Junior Miles Batty won the mile event in a time of 4:15.23 to add to the scoring total and sophomores Travis Fuller and Jacob Cosby finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The 3000-meter features freshman Jared Ward participating despite a hard 5000-meter the night before. Ward finished in second place and set a lifetime best record time of 8:18.73.
The Cougars 4x400-meter relay team suffered a botched handoff but managed to finish in second place. McAllister, Adams, Hedin and Carter finished in a time of 3:12.92.
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Up next, the team will prepare for the Last Chance Invitational next week in South Bend, Indiana.
Men Look To Win Another MWC Championship
PROVO -- In search of its ninth-straight indoor conference title, the No. 7 men’s track and field team will be heading to the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. this week.
“It’s a completely different meet,” head coach Mark Robison said. “We are really excited. It is a lot of fun and it’s our last one.”
In last year’s meet, BYU finished with 159.5 points and edged out TCU by 24 points to pick up the victory. TCU is expected to be one of BYU’s biggest competitors again, along with New Mexico.
“This is a huge weekend,” Robison said. “Athletes will have to perform well and score points for us. Now we are going to require more from our guys, not just performances but getting better places.”
Many eyes will be on junior middle-distance runner Miles Batty competing in the mile. Batty broke a 31-year-old school record in the mile this season, finishing in a time of 3:55.79. The time is the fastest collegiate mile time in the nation this year.
The mile won’t be a one-man show however; Travis Fuller expects to score as well, building off a personal-best 4:02.79 earlier in the season. Senior Nathan Ogden will also be a force in the longer distance races.
In the sprints it will be consistent performers, juniors James Ghormley and James Derek McAllister. Ghormley ran a season best 6.87 in the 60-meter dash recently at the Air Force Invitational and McAllister has run in the 60-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter.
Sophomores Cade Lindahl and Sean Adams, along with McAllister have the three fastest times in the MWC this year in the 400-meter and are expected to be a valuable scoring threat for the Cougars.
In the field events, pole vault should be a strong event for BYU. Sophomore Victor Weirich cleared 5.50m (18-0.50) at the New Mexico Invitational and the performance stands as an automatic-qualifying mark and is currently ranked second in the nation. Senior Chris Little is right behind him with a mark of 5.42m (17-09.25) at the Air Force Invite and a fourth best mark in the NCAA’s this year.
Three individual champions return for the Cougars in hopes to contribute to the point scoring this year. Field events and the heptathlon should again be a strength.
“People really get excited,” Robison said. “We’ll have some phenomenal performances and it is going to be quite a test.”
Senior Leif Arrhenius won both the weight throw and the shot put last year at the meet, going for 18.23m in the shot put and hitting a mark of 20.91m in the weight throw. Arrhenius has bested those throws this year with a season best in the shot put of 18.71m and weight throw of 21.06m.
The high jump will be led by reigning MWC champ, Trevor Heiner. The senior is expected to put on another solid performance. His season best is a mark of 2.08m (6-09.75).
BYU’s third returning conference champion, Phillip Bettis will be in search of a third-straight heptathlon championship. Bettis won the competition last year with 5,489 points. His best performance this season is a close 5,418 points.
“We are healthy and feeling good,” Robison said. “We’ve got our best guys in the best places.”
The men’s heptathlon 60-meter dash will begin at 11:00 a.m. MT Thursday morning and conclude with the 4x400-meter relay at approximately 1:40 p.m Saturday afternoon.
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