Eight Event Wins at Twilight
OGDEN -- Chilly weather conditions at the Wildcat Twilight Open meet on the campus of Weber State University did not prevent the BYU women’s track and field team from recording eight event victories and several more top three finishes.
Freshman Michaelanne Laurent led the way for the Cougars in the 1500m, finishing first in 4:37.92. Sarah Yingling came in a close second (4:38.26) while Candace Eddy came in third in 4:38.42. Fellow Cougars Megan Chipman, Lisa Drury and Talya Kussee rounded out the top six spots in the event.
The 100m dash was also a successful event for BYU, with senior Mindy McClurkin (12.09) taking the top spot and junior Porshe Giddings nabbing second (12.51). Emily Page finished sixth (13.15), Ashleigh Jameson seventh (13.16) and Erica Shields ninth (13.40).
In the 400m, sophomore Nachelle Stewart dominated, winning the race in 56.19, which was more than two seconds faster than any other competitor. Ashley Nichols took sixth in the event in 1:01.59.
Angela Wagner (2:08.98) and Katie Palmer-Cox (2:09.48) took first and second, respectively, in the 800m run. Nicole Clark also competed in the event, taking fifth in 2:12.47.
Sophomore Diana Blauer finished first in the high jump with a height of 1.71m (5-07.25) and was followed by teammate Ashley Dziendziel at 1.66m (5-05.25). Freshman Taylor Stapley finished fourth at 1.61m (5-03.50).
The Cougars took the top two spots in the javelin, with Sarah Lancaster winning with a toss of 43.45m (142-06.75) and Allyson Wardell taking second at 41.28m (135-05.25). Also placing in the top six were Coriann Clark in fourth, Julie Larson in fifth and Amber Freeman in sixth.
Other victories in the field events for the Cougars came from Melissa Keltner in the triple jump and Shanie Bushman in the pole vault. Keltner jumped 11.52m (37-09.50) and Bushman vaulted 3.50m (11-06.00).
Teams Travel to Final Tuneup Before Championships
OGDEN -- The men's and women's track and field teams travel to the Wildcat Twilight Invitational on Wednesday night in the Cougars' final meet before the MWC Outdoor Championships next week.
"We've got a lot of guys on the brink of going to conference, so we're hoping we can get some good marks," said BYU men's head coach Mark Robison.
The men are now ranked 11th in the USTFCCCA rankings released today, the Cougars' highest ranking of the year after being ranked 13th last week. The women are currently 27th in the country after taking a break from competition last weekend.
"We're polishing things up getting ready for conference," said BYU women's head coach Craig Poole. "We're going in hoping to get some good quality marks."
The BYU men currently have eight athletes in the top 15 in the country in nine events. Ryan Waite submitted the fourth-best time all year in the 800 meters while Jon Kotter moved up to 13th in the 10,000 meters, both at the Stanford Invitational.
On the women's side, Mindy McClurkin leads the Cougars with three MWC-leading marks in the 100m, 200m and long jump. The women hold three other marks that sit atop the MWC, including the javelin, high jump and the 800m.
The meet begins at 12:30 p.m. in the field with the men's hammer while track competition starts at 3:30 p.m. with the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
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