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lgarnett | Posted: 8 Feb 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

Whaley, Harrison lead Cougars at the Armory


NEW YORK CITY—The Armory proved to be as prestigious as ever, with more than 50 Division I athletes competing alongside the BYU women’s track team in New York City Feb. 7-8.

The New Balance Invitational was selected as the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association DI meet of the week with many ranked teams competing on both the mens and women's side. The New Balance Invitational at the Armory is one of the most prestigious meets of the indoor season and has continued to live up to its name for 14 years. 

“We look forward to coming to New York every year, it's one of our highlights of the indoor season,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said.  “We accomplished some good things and we are seeing continued improvements in all the categories."

Deezbaa Whaley highlighted the meet this weekend with a third place finish in the weight throw with a mark of 19.28m (63’03.25”).

Andrea Nelson Harrison, one of the few distance runners to travel to New York, competed in the championship section of the 5K and finished in third place overall with a time of 16:49.04.

Allysa Hansen took fourth place in the college section of the 500m race  with a time of 1:14.46.  The 500 will help her to prepare to run an excellent 400m at the MPSF Championships in three weeks.

Kassie Jensen finished in 14th in the 60m dash with a time of 7.78 alongside freshman teammate Lauren Baxter who finished with a time of 7.94.

The track and field team made the most of its time in New York City, attending the taping of The Late Show with David Letterman, as they have done in years past. Letterman acknowledged the team and it briefly appeared on national television. Letterman offered his special welcome to Eyestone, whom he referred to as “Coach” and used throws coach Leif Arrhenius as material for one of his stand-up jokes, referring to him as a “40 year old shot putter”. In both instances, Eyestone and Arrhenius were shown laughing on screen.

“We got a shout out on Letterman and that was really cool,” Eyestone said. “But the meet this weekend has continued to give all of our athletes continued confidence for the meets ahead and conference in a few weeks.”

The Cougars will split up next weekend, with the distance runners heading to the University of Washington and the power groups heading to the Air Force Academy.

Full results from the New Balance Invitational at the Armory can be found at Armorytrack.com


lgarnett | Posted: 5 Feb 2014 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020

BYU travels to the Armory


PROVO, Utah – BYU women’s track and field will travel to New York City to compete in the prestigious New Balance Invitational at the Armory Friday and Saturday Feb. 7 and 8.

More than 100 universities and colleges across the nation will participate in the 14th annual invitational this weekend.

“New York is always one of the favorite trips of the indoor season and there is a lot of history at the Armory,” head coach Ed Eyestone said.  “We hope we can represent BYU well. This should be a good tune-up for Seattle next weekend and is a big step towards our conference championship meet.”

Andrea Nelson Harrison will compete in the invitational 5K alongside teammates Maren Hanson Fassmann  and Jennica Redd.

Alyssa Monteverde and Nicole Laws will compete in the 60m hurdles invitational section.

Arlene Gowar will be the only runner to represent BYU in the invitational 60m dash and freshman Lauren Baxter will run in the open section of the 60m dash.

Friday’s events start at 9:30 a.m. EST on Friday and finishing at 8:30 p.m. Saturday starts at 8:30 a.m. EST. The meet ends with the closing ceremony at 6:00 p.m. The full event schedule can be found at RunnerSpace.com, where live results will also be made available. 

The New Balance Invitational at the Armory was selected as the USTFCCCA Division 1 Meet of the Week. More than 50 Division 1 teams will be competing at the Armory.