Men's Track Enjoys Quality Marks at Twilight Meet
PROVO, Utah -- In the final weeks before the Mountain West Conference Championships, the No. 17 BYU men’s track team hosted the BYU Twilight Meet on Wednesday at the Clarence F. Robison Track in Provo.
The Cougars won the meet with a total score of 298.5 to defeat teams from Utah State, Weber State, Utah Valley, Southern Utah and Idaho State. With great weather for the meet, the best in several weeks of competition, coaches and athletes were very pleased with their performances.
"It went really well, we had some great performances, some we would have hoped a little bit better but all together it was a really good day," head coach Mark Robison said. "The tough part now is to narrow it down to who we will take to the conference championships to compete."
Many of the athletes finished in the top two or three spots to contribute to the scoring, including several sweeps of the top three finishes.
Senior Reagan Frey (9:31.53) and freshman Benjamin Johnston (9:36.95) went one and two in the 3000m steeplechase while sophomores Travis Fuller and Jared Rohatinsky took first and third, respectively, in the mile run with times of 4:06.99 and 4:09.37.
In the 5000m it was sophomore Alden Bahr taking the top spot with a time of 14:28.34. Freshman Taylor Farnsworth took third place with a time of 14:59.52. Junior Miles Batty won the 800m with a time of 1:49.22 and seniors Nathan Ogden (1:52.64) and James Heiner (1:53.26) finished in third and fourth place.
BYU took the top four places in the 400m with Cade Lindahl leading the way with a time of 46.90. Sophomore James Derek McAllister was right behind him with a 47:30 and juniors Steven Hart and Justin Hedin rounded out the top four with a 48.16 and 48.36, respectively.
McAllister also took second in the 200m, clocking a 21.46 while junior James Ghormley took second in the 100m dash with a time of 10.66.
In the 400m hurdles junior Chris Carter won with a time of 52.58 and senior Rob Skidmore grabbed a second place finish in 53.01. The relays also showed well for the Cougars with BYU winning the 4x100 in a time of 41.57.
Sophomore Victor Weirich and senior Chris Little continued to dominate the pole vault, finishing first and second with marks of 5.25m (17-02.75) each. In the high jump, freshman Zachary Blackham (2.07, 6-09.50), senior Trevor Heiner (2.07m, 6-09.50) and freshman Dakota John (1.97m, 6-05.50) took the second through fourth places.
The long jump featured freshman Drew Tingey picking up a win, jumping 7.16m (23-06.00). Teammate, junior Kyle Mills also won the triple jump with a mark of 14.52m (47-07.75).
Freshman Mitchell Swensen (15.68m, 51-05.25) won the shot put with junior Colby Barber picking up a third place finish and a mark of 15.49m (50-09.75).
In more of the throws BYU continued to perform well. Freshman Zachary Stetler won the discus with a throw of 48.56m (159-03.75) and senior Oliver Whaley won the hammer throw with a toss of 64.32m (211-00.25). Junior Chris Reno also won the javelin with a throw of 64.55m (211-09.25).
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The Cougars will now prepare for the MWC Championships on May 11-14.
Track Tunes Up at Twilight Invite
PROVO, Utah -- With the Mountain West Conference Championships on the horizon, BYU’s track teams are getting one final tune up at the Twilight Invitational on Wednesday at the Clarence F. Robison Track in Provo.
“For a lot of our athletes this is it,” head coach Mark Robison said. “With the conference championships in a week or so are finally getting some good weather and it is going to be a really important meet.”
For several athletes this is the last chance to improve their marks before the championships and for some not attending it will be the end of their season. Athletes will compete against mostly local competition from Utah State, Utah, UVU, Southern Utah and Weber State.
Teams are looking to finally enjoy time outside with weather in the mid-60’s and no rain in the forecast. The outdoor season has been tough on most local teams with Utah’s winter lasting into what should be the early spring.
“I think we are finally going to have the weather cooperate,” Robison said. “It looks good and we are really looking forward to being able to enjoy some great performances in great weather.”
Events will get underway at 12 p.m. MT and conclude at approximately 7 p.m. MT. Fans can attend the meet for $5 and those with All-Sports passes can attend for free.
Results can be found on Runnercard.com