BYU Men, CSU Women Lead After Day Three Of MWC Outdoor Track And Field Championships
Final day of competition wraps up on Saturday.
May 12, 2006
PROVO, Utah -
After the third day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the BYU men and Colorado State women lead their respective fields. The Cougar men lead with 101 points, while the CSU women have a score of 92.50.
On the men's side, Colorado State is in second place with 87 points, followed by New Mexico (47), Air Force (39), Wyoming (30) and TCU (eight). For the women, BYU is second with 71 points, while Utah is in third (38), San Diego State fourth (31), followed by Air Force (13), New Mexico (12.50), Wyoming (11) and TCU (four).
The MWC Championships will resume on Saturday at Clarence F. Robison Track in Provo. Events for the final day of competition will begin at 10 a.m. (MT).
MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Notes:
For the second straight year, BYU finished 1-2 in the men's high jump as David Pendergrass won his second consecutive individual title (third overall) with a jump of 7'-0.00" (2.15m). Pendergrass' jump surpassed his mark of 7'-0.25" (2.14m) (2002 MWC Championships) as the second-best in MWC Championship history.
BYU freshman Mindy Neeley won the women's long jump with a leap of 19'-8.25" (6.00m), while Utah's Amanda Feigt finished second with a mark of 19'-8.00" (5.99m) and San Diego State's Shana Watson finished third with a mark of 19'-7.50" (5.98m). All three are NCAA qualifying marks.
BYU's Rena Chesser won her second straight women's 3,000-meter steeplechase title in 10:53.53. The top-four finishers in the event all ran NCAA regional qualifying times. Colorado State's Kristen Hemphill finished second (10:58.57) in the steeplechase, while San Diego State's Lisa Crampton crossed the finish line third (11:03.10 and BYU's Amy Fowler finished fourth (11:03.27).
BYU's Josh McAdams successfully defended his men's 3,000-meter steeplechase crown with a NCAA regional qualifying time of 9:07.45. Teammate Chandler Goodwin was the next runner to cross the finish line (9:14.20), while Wyoming's Philemon Tanui (9:16.00), Colorado State's Scott Sanders (9:17.89) and Andres Urbina (9:24.16 rounded out the top-five.
Colorado State swept the top three places in the men's hammer throw as Trey Eder won the event with a mark of 185'-1.00" (56.42m), Nate Heyrman finished second (183'-9.00" [56.01]) and Jason Schutz finished third (178'-9.00" [54.49m]).
Led by Deborah Jones' (TCU) time of 52.82, the top seven finishers in the preliminary round of the women's 400-meter dash all regionally qualified for the NCAA Championships.
In the first heat of the men's 400-meter dash, TCU's Lewis Banda set a new all-time MWC and MWC Championship record finishing with a time of 46.07. Banda broke his own previous conference all-time mark of 46.22 set on April 1, 2006, at the Arlington Invitational in Arlington, Texas.
TCU's Otis McDaniel finished with the top time in the preliminary round of the men's 100-meter dash, crossing the finish line in a NCAA qualifying time of 10.44. The Horned Frogs' Bradley Reed also qualified for the NCAA Championships with a time of 10.45. Overall, six TCU runners advanced to Saturday's 100-meter final, with Air Force's Travis Picou, BYU's Paul Smith and New Mexico's Aaron Brack rounding out the list of qualifiers for the championship round of the men's 100.
Colorado State junior Rheannon Backes won the women's high jump championship with a mark of 5'-7.75" (1.72m). BYU junior Kristin Hirst finished second with a mark of 5'-6.50" (1.69m), while 2006 heptathlon champion Katie Lloyd finished third (5'-6.50 [1.69m)]).
Whitney Neves of BYU won the men's pole vault with a NCAA regional qualifying mark of 17'-4.50" (5.30m). New Mexico's Derek Mackel (second, 5.20m), BYU's Bob Low (third, 5.20m), New Mexico's Robert Caldwell (fourth, 5.20m) and BYU's Matt Wierich (fifth, 5.05m) also turned in regional qualifying marks.
Colorado State senior Katie Hansen won the women's discus throw title with a heave of 175'-10.00" (53.59m), which is the second best mark in MWC Championship history. CSU's Jill McCormick finished second with a throw of 165'-1.00" (50.33m), which is fifth in the MWC Championship record books.
Colorado State junior Kevin Johnson won his second event in this year's men's championship, the men's long jump, with a leap of 24'-3.50" (7.40m), which is the fourth best mark in MWC Championship history.
BYU's Niklas Arrhenius won his third consecutive MWC discus title with a throw of 189'-7.00" (57.78m). The top four finishers in the men's discus scored NCAA regional qualifying marks.
Air Force's Nick Wilson won the men's 10,000 meters in a time of 31:38.43.
BYU senior Chelsea McKell won her second straight women's 10,000 meters in a MWC Championship record time of 35:01.98.