Barber cuts time to 23.43 in the 200 as Last Chance Meet Opens
PROVO, Utah — True freshman sprinter Marianne Barber clocked the program’s second-best 200-meter time as No. 12 BYU women’s track and field opened its Last Chance Meet at Clarence Robison Track and Field Complex on Friday.
Barber’s previous best was 24.22, set at the Trojan Invitational on April 8. At 23.43, the freshman from Farmington jumped to No. 2 all-time at BYU. Only Mindy Neeley McClurkin holds a better time on the Cougars’ 200 top-10 board at 23.30. Barber is also on the edge of NCAA regional qualifying position as she tied with Aysha Shaheed of Cal for 47th in the West Region.
Adaobi Tabugbo (24.01), Dolita Shaw (24.06), Brilee Pontius (24.21) and Sami Oblad (25.00) also recorded personal bests in the 200m.
Lindsey Middleton, Meredith Boggess and Maddy Eaton each recorded personal bests in the 400-meter hurdles. Kathryn Bingham won the event with a season-best 1:01.13. Each of the BYU hurdlers advanced to Saturday’s 400m hurdles final.
Middleton also set a personal record in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking 13.93 and finishing second. Tabugbo took first in the 100m hurdles at 13.59.
The BYU “B” squad of Emma Johnson, Pontius, Cate Phipps and Annalise Hart won the 4x100-meter relay at 46.02.
“Everyone is going in the right direction as we get ready for regionals, which was the whole purpose this weekend,” said BYU sprints coach Kyle Grossarth. “I’m excited to see what we can do tomorrow.”
The Last Chance Meet continues on Saturday with women’s events beginning at 8:30 a.m. MDT with the 10,000-meters.
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