Jacksons Indoor Track
16114 Idaho Central Blvd., Ste. 2 Nampa ID 83687
NAMPA, Idaho - In the second day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Division I Track & Field Indoor Championships, junior Nachelle Mackie won the national championships in the 800m with a time of 2:03.30, a time that is not only a new school record but also the fastest time in the NCAA this season.
“I took the lead early and although it wasn't necessarily the position I wanted to be in initially, I just kind of realized no one else was going to take it so I needed to take," Mackie said. "Once I was in the lead I told myself that I wasn't going to let anyone take it from me. It's so exciting to be able to fulfill a dream."
Senior Katie Palmer also finished third in the same race, with a time of 2:04.56. Both Palmer and Mackie earned All-America honors from the race.
Christen Guenther, the sole competitor in the field events for the women's team, also competed the second day and finished tenth in the pole vault finals, clearing 4.20m (13' 9.25").
With the amazing performance in the 800m, the women tied for 11th as a team with 19 points. Over the past four years, the BYU women’s track team has had three national champions in the 800m and on the off year BYU still came in second.
After running a 4:03.85 in the mile preliminaries and a 3:57.90 anchor split in the distance medley relay on the first day of competition, senior Miles Batty finished third in the mile finals, with an impressive time of 4:01.86.
Batty was the only competitor for the men on the second day of competition. Overall, the men finished 14th with 12 points.
Eleven Cougars to Compete at Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS – The BYU men’s and women’s track and field teams will have a combined 11 athletes competing in 10 events at the 2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
Senior Miles Batty leads the way for the men’s team with three event qualifications. Batty will compete in the mile, 3000 meters and distance medley relay. He currently holds the top-seeded time in the mile at 3:54.54 and the sixth best time in the 3000m at 7:49.58.
The BYU men’s DMR team also heads into the meet with the top-seeded time. Batty will compete with teammates Rex Shields, Shaquille Walker and Ryan Waite in the event. Waite will also compete in the 800m, in which he is seeded 15th.
Cade Lindahl will compete in the 400m for the Cougars. Lindahl’s season-best time of 46.25 was good enough for the ninth seed at the championships.
The lone field event competitor will be Victor Weirich. Weirich will compete in the pole vault and is seeded fifth with a season-best mark of 5.50m.
On the women’s side, teammates Nachelle Mackie and Katie Palmer are seeded second and third, respectively, in the 800m. Mackie set a new BYU record with her time of 2:03.56 earlier this season, while Palmer ranks second in BYU history with her mark of 2:03.79.
Mackie and Palmer will team up with seniors Lacey Bleazard and Sarah Edwards in the DMR. The foursome combined to complete the event in 11:01.35 at the final meet of the season, which earned them the ninth seed at nationals.
The BYU women will also only have one field competitor, Christen Guenther. Guenther will enter the meet seeded eighth overall in the pole vault with her season-best mark of 4.30m.
The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced the participants for this season’s championships late Monday afternoon.
For a complete list of championship participants, visit NCAA.com.
|Miles Batty||Mile, 3000m, DMR||3:54.54, 7:49.58, 9:29.00||1, 6, 1|
|Ryan Waite||800m, DMR||1:48.56, 9:29.00||15, 1|
|Victor Weirich||Pole Vault||5.50m||5|
|Nachelle Mackie||800m, DMR||2:03.56, 11:01.35||2, 9|
|Katie Palmer||800m, DMR||2:03.79, 11:01.35||3, 9|
|Christen Guenther||Pole Vault||4.30m||5|