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Monteverde-Dalton double personal records at the NM Classic
ALBURQUERQUE, N.M.—Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton ran an 8.28 in the 60-meter hurdles to move her up to fourth on the BYU all-time list.
“She looked really good. It was the fourth all-time mark in BYU history and she looked excellent. She’s just running a whole new level now. She’s competed extremely well,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said.
Monteverde-Dalton had three opportunities to race and needed to qualify each round. She ran a personal record each round starting with 8.37.
“The first round I had a personal record and ran an 8.37, and that’s when Coach Kyle (Grossarth) and I both looked at each other and said I can run an 8.20 now that I broke that 8.40 barrier,” Monteverde-Dalton said. “The next round I had to run an 8.20 to get into the third round, and I ran the best I could and got an 8.28, getting me to the final round.”
“I think comfort comes and performances come as a result. We had a number of people step up and do quite well,” Eyestone said.
Along with sister Alyssa, Anginae Monteverde had an exceptional meet. She hit 13’10” and then hit really close to 14’1,” which had the possibility of making it to the NCAA meet.
“It was a nice solid, consistent performance from Anginae as well. I think it will set her up nicely for the NPSF meet next week, where hopefully shell get that 14'1" that will get her into the national meet,” Eyestone said.
Additionally, Kaylee Packham ran a 1:32.09 in the 600 meter.
“She really had a lot left in the tank, probably underestimated what she could for that event. She finished really strong and she looked really good,” Eyestone said.
Another top performer on the women’s said was Kensey Berry who anchored the 4x400 meter team and had the fastest time on the team.
Final results can be found on the Live Running Results webpage.
Next week, the women’s track team travels to Ames, Ia., to compete in the Iowa State Classic.
BYU travels to New Mexico for Track and Field Classic
PROVO, Utah—After a few weeks of training, short distance runners, jumpers and throwers head to Albuquerque, N.M., to compete in the New Mexico Collegiate Track and Field Classic on Feb. 5-6.
After breaking many personal records last weekend, the long distance runners will have the week off to train. This weekend will feature athletes starting from the 400-meters down to the jumpers and throwers of the team.
“Sometimes when you get in the heat of things competing and running every week, you lose a little bit of fitness,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “Sometimes you just need to hunker down, spend a week at home, get in some good training and then come back every couple weeks. Usually after you see that, you can expect good things to happen at the end of two weeks or so of training."
Eyestone is looking forward to having the athletes compete in a great facility and run on a track similar to the NCAA championships later in the season. He looks forward to big performances from the high jumpers and pole-vaulters.
“The high jumpers have been looking good. Andrea Stapleton, our amazing freshman, she’s come very close to hitting marks that might get her close to the NCAA meets. We want her to have another nice meet,” Eyestone said.
Stapleton jumped a personal best of 1.76 meters at the Texas A&M Invitational. At the last three meets Stapleton has competed in, she has placed in the top three.
Other female athletes to watch for at this meet include Kaylee Packham (sprints), Kensey Berry (sprints), Nicole Naatjes (pole-vault) and Anginae Monteverde (pole vault).
Naatjes and Monteverde are both ranked in the top 50 for the pole vault in the 2016 NCAA Division I rankings.
Eyestone said they expect great things from Monteverde, it’s just a matter of her getting more reps in the upcoming meet.
Follow live results here.