Women's track and field sets PRs at home and at Washington
PROVO, Utah — No. 21 BYU women’s track and field athletes recorded improved times and marks at meets on the road and at home on Friday.
Ken Shannon Last Chance Invitational | Dempsey Indoor | Seattle, Washington
Sadie Sargent, Lexy Halladay-Lowry and Aubrey Frentheway each clocked personal bests Heat 3 of the women’s 3,000-meters. Sargent peeled over two seconds off her previous best to finish second at 8:57.08. Halladay-Lowry crossed the finish shortly thereafter with the program’s fifth-fastest 3,000m at 8:57.39. Frentheway cut nearly five seconds off her Jan. 28 personal best with a seventh-place time of 9:08.60.
Sargent, Halladay-Lowry and teammate Jenna Hutchins makeup four of BYU’s 10 fastest women’s 3,000m runners.
"Good performances all around tonight," said BYU women's distance coach Diljeet Taylor. "It's always nice to continue to get PRs at this point of the season. I'm proud of the efforts all around."
Women’s distance successes continued in Seattle on Saturday with Hutchins arriving on the 5,000-meter top-10 board at No. 7 all-time for the Cougars. Hutchins’ top-10 performance came as she finished fourth at 15:57.96 and flew past the nation’s 13th-ranked 5,000m runner in Zofia Dudek of No. 12 Stanford.
Julie Sumsion, Lindsey Stallworth and Addi Bruening followed in the 5,000m with Sumsion notching a personal best 16:51.17.
Adaobi Tabugbo faced a challenging field of sprinters in the 60-meter hurdles. The event featured two top-10 ranked athletes in Talie Bonds of Arizona (No. 5) and Yanla Ndjip-Nyemeck of UCLA (No. 8). Tabugbo clocked 8.41 in the preliminary round, qualifying for the final and winning her heat over Washington State’s Micaela De Mello. Tabugbo went on to finish seventh in the final with a time of 8.47.
The Cougars begin day two at Dempsey Indoor with Gretchen Hoekstre and Jessica Thompson in the shot put on Saturday at 12 p.m. PST.
BYU Indoor Invitational | Smith Fieldhouse | Provo, Utah
Zoey Bonds recorded personal bests in four of five pentathlon events on her way to winning with an overall personal best score of 3,473. Bonds notched 3,382 at the MPSF Championships just a week ago. Maddy Eaton finished runner-up in the pentathlon with a personal best score of 3,333. Tori Lord took fourth at 3,113 after posting personal bests in all five events.
The BYU women will be back to the track on Saturday beginning with pole vault flights at 12:30 p.m. MST.
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