Track and field athletes record times in BYU's all-time top 10
AMES, Iowa— Senior Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton broke her personal record with a time of 8.25 in the 60-meter hurdles and was one of the three BYU athletes to win her event in the Iowa State Classic.
BYU track and field director of operations, Ryan Waite, said the competition was fantastic in every event and it helped pushed the athletes in their performances.
“For us to go to the Midwest we were able to face a lot of competition that we usually don’t see," Waite said. "I think that was fun for the athletes as well—to go against some schools they don’t usually get to go up against and face some individual athletes they don’t usually get to compete against."
Shea Martinez-Collinsworth broke the school record in the 400 meters with a time of 53.72. She is now ranked No. 1 in the BYU top-10 records.
Kristi Rush ran 9:21.19 in the women’s 3000 meters, which brings her to No. 9 in the BYU top-10 records. Rush has performed two back-to-back all-time records in two different events after her mile (4:44.78) she ran two weeks ago at the UW Invitational.
“Whenever anybody can get up into the top 10 in school history it’s a big deal," Waite said. "I think that’s what a lot of people on the team work towards. It’s one of the best feelings you can have, one of the greatest accomplishments for a BYU track and field athlete.".
This was the last meet before the conference meet in two weeks. The performances from this weekend were just a preview for what the MPSF conference meet will showcase.
“Almost everybody after their meet said it was just what they needed before conference. This meet really prepared them for conference in a couple of weeks. I think it was a nice springboard for MPSF and I think were going to see great performances there,” Waite said.
View the final results at deltatiming.com.
BOISE— At the Boise State Challenge, the women’s track and field pole vaulters and high jumpers highlighted the performances, as six athletes placed in the top four in their events.
In the high jump Andrea Stapleton won with a mark of 1.75 meters, just under her personal best mark. Chloe Richardson and Marissa Appiah tied for fourth with marks of 1.70 meters.
Richardson also placed first in the triple jump with a seasonal best mark of 11.76 meters.
“The kids did very well; it was a good meet for us," BYU associate head coach Mark Robinson said. "Now we get a week off before we head to MPSF and conference championships. We have one more chance to qualify for nationals, it should be pretty exciting,”
View the final results at broncosports.com.
The BYU track and field team heads to Seattle, WA on Friday, Feb. 26, for the MPSF conference meet.
BYU track and field ready for Iowa and Boise meets
PROVO, Utah —This weekend the track and field pole-vaulters and high jumpers head to Boise, Idaho and the rest of the team heads to Ames, Iowa for the Iowa State Classic.
Coach Ed Eyestone said the Iowa State Classic has historically been a good meet with a lot of good competition and they look forward to having the same thing happen this weekend.
“Overall, we are just looking for season bests and season improvements that help people get into the national meet, and if they don’t get into the national meet then that’s still good because that improvement helps them get ready for the MPSF conference meet in two weeks,” Eyestone said.
Some key athletes to keep an eye out for this weekend include Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton (60-meter hurdles), Shea Martinez-Collinsworth (800 meters), Madelyn Brooks (800-meters), and Kristi Rush (one mile).
Monteverde-Dalton beat her personal record twice last week in the 60-meter hurdles, and Eyestone hopes to have her improve on those times even more this week.
The distance runners have been off for two weeks and look forward to improving their times all around. This includes Rush who ran her personal best in the one mile two weeks ago with a time of 4:44.78.
“We’ve got a very good group of distance and middle distance runners on the women’s side. They are little bit closer in knowing who is going to run what in terms of the DMR (distance medley relay). We’re looking for consistent improvement,” said Eyestone.
This weekend is crucial to the athletes because of the limited number of entries that the team can take to the MPSF conference next week.
“We will be taking our top 27 athletes on the men’s side and top 27 athletes on the women’s side. They really just need to put up good marks to prove that they are in that category to make it,” said Eyestone.
To follow live results from this weekend’s meet visit Delta Timing or head to BYU women's track and field schdule.