Men's jumpers, women's distance runners shine at Boise State
NAMPA, Idaho – BYU dominated jumping events on the men's side and showed off its women's distance runners as the Cougars competed in the Ed Jacoby Indoor Invitational this weekend.
"I thought Zachary Blackham set the tone early by winning the high jump," BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. "I also thought our women's distance runners had some great performances despite running events that aren't necessarily their best distances."
Blackham won the high jump with a jump of 2.10 meters. Sophomore Adam Mikkelsen claimed first place in the pole vault with a mark of 4.95 meters. Zimbabwe's Tatenda Tsumba's leap of 7.02 meters was good enough for first place in the long jump, the second week in a row for the BYU freshman. Sophomore Blake Steeves won the triple jump with a mark of 14.42 meters.
Zachary Stetler won the shot put for the second week in a row, dominating the event with a throw of 17.16 meters.
In the men's 800 meters, Colter Rockwell (1:53.02) and Jonathan Harper (1:53.82) finished first and second among collegiate runners, trailing former BYU runner and current director of track operations Ryan Waite (1:52.02).
"They had a gusty race," Eyestone said. "Sean cramped up but was able to finish his leg with courage. They missed the school record by only one second."
On the women's side, BYU distance runners excelled. Kelsey Brown won the mile (4:55.40), Madelyn Brooks (2:12.80) won the 800 meters and McKenzie Weir (10:09.62) won the 3000 meters.
"Our women's distance runners opened up their season nicely today," Eyestone said.
Emily Bever finished second in the 800 meters, with a time of 2:14.75.
Maria Morley (10:13.48), Kelsey Braithwaite (10:16.16) and Emily Allen (10:27.34) followed Weir, taking second, third and fourth place in the 3000 meters.
"We didn't quite hit the time that we wanted, because we started out slow as a group," Weir said. "But once we got out we were able to get into the rhythm and just cruise."Nicole Laws won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.59 seconds.
Nicole Laws won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.59 seconds.
The USTFCCCA recognized 27 BYU men's track and field athletes with All-Academic honors on July 13.