Track Finds Success in Boise and Washington
PROVO -- The BYU women’s track team was in action in two locations this weekend, and found success at both the Washington Invitational in Seattle and the Bronco Invitational in Boise.
The distance portion of the team competed in Washington, and achieved five provisional qualifying marks. Sophomore Lacey Cramer, sophomore Nachelle Stewart and senior Angela Wagner all qualified in the 800-meters. Cramer placed first (2:05.19), with Stewart (2:05.27) coming in a close second, while Wagner came finished fifth (2:06.48).
Cramer, Wagner and Stewart also competed on the distance medley relay team, along with sophomore Natalie Stewart. The team posted a provisional qualifying time of 11:17.12, which, at the time it was achieved, ranked as the best time in the nation.
“I was really excited to get an eight-hundred under me,” said Cramer. “But I was a little bit nervous for the DMR because I had never run a 1200-meter race before. But it was a really nice track and I am exited for the rest of the season.”
Back in Boise, the rest of the team continued to improve and prepare for the rest of the season. Senior Mindy McClurkin continued her dominance in the sprint events, winning the 60-meter dash (7.55) and the 200-meter dash (23.81). Junior
Porshe Giddings finished second to McClurkin in both sprint events, running the 60-meters in 7.66 and the 200-meters in 24.81. Junior Ashleigh Jameson also placed in the top three of the 200, finishing third in 25.04.
“We had a great meet here in Boise, to go along with the great meet we had in Washington,” coach Craig Poole said. “Everyone here did really well, and it went as well as we could have hoped. It was a tough week of practice leading up to this weekend, and everyone did really well and there were a few pleasant surprises.”
BYU took three of the top five spots in the 60-meter hurdles. Senior All-American Amy Otis won the event in 8.60. Junior Mindy Robins finished in second in 8.68, with sophomore Fatima Makakala coming in fourth with a time of 8.76.
The Cougars also took three of the top five spots in the high jump, with sophomore Ada Robinson winning the event with a mark of 5-08.00. Sophomore Diana Blauer came in third at 5-06.00, and freshman Taylor Stapley nabbed third with a jump of 5-02.25.
Another strength for the Cougars was the pole vault, where they swept the top three places. Senior Kari Clark finished first with a vault of 13-07.25, and freshman Rachel Brooke Fisher grabbed second at 13-07.25. Both heights were provisional qualifying marks. Christine Botteron wrapped up the top three with a vault of 12-01.50.
Track Enters Midseason
PROVO -- The BYU women’s track team enters the midseason portion of its schedule this weekend, continuing to seek national success this Friday and Saturday at the Bronco (Boise) Invitational and University of Washington Invitational.
The Cougars, who are currently ranked No. 3 in the USTFCCCA Division I National Poll, are seeking more National qualifying marks this weekend. In the first three weeks, Mindy McClurkin, Kari Clark, Rachel Brooke Fisher and Nachelle Stewart have all provisionally qualified for a combined six events.
“This week we are really trying to get some good marks and improved performances, just like every week,” BYU head coach Craig Poole said. “We are trying to get our athletes ready and qualified for New York next weekend, which will be our first real scored meet and we want to do well on that stage.”
In Boise, BYU will face a wide range of competition from Utah State, Weber State, Utah, Eastern Oregon, Northwest Nazarene, Dordt College, Whitworth, College of Idaho, Treasure Valley Community College and Boise State. The sprinters, jumpers and some middle distance runners will attend the meet in Boise, while the distance squad will head to Seattle for the UW Invitational.
In Washington, the distance runners will be up against teams from Arizona, California, Cal State Northridge, Colorado, Idaho, Long Beach State, Oregon State, Portland State, UCLA, USC, UTEP and Washington, along with a host of other teams.
“In Seattle, our main goal is to qualify our distance medley relay team for nationals,” Poole said. “We are sending a lot of distance runners up to Washington and I really feel like we will come away with some great marks.”
The Bronco Invitational will commence at 9:15 a.m. MST on Saturday with the women’s weight throw and is scheduled to conclude at 3:05 p.m. MST with the men’s 4x400-meter relay. The UW Invitational will begin at 4:00 p.m. MST on Friday with the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles and will finish Saturday at 6:55 p.m. MST with the men’s 4x400-meter relay.