Tracksters win, ready for WAC championships

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    By RACHEL ANDERSON

    Record breaking times showed up on the scoreboards by both the BYU men’s and women’s track teams Saturday at the Mark Faldmo Invitational at Utah State. It was not a team scoring meet, but the individuals performed at top notch level.

    The men’s 4×400 relay recorded a personal record time of 3:09.13. When asked about the relay, first leg Thobias Akwenya shouted, “(Personal record) baby. It was great.” Greg Flint ran almost a second faster in his split time than he had all year.

    According to men’s assistant coach Mark Robison, the 100 meter was also great, as Leonard Miles-Mills took first place with a time of 10.13. Felix Andam was second and brother Kenneth Andam finished third. The race resulted in two automatic qualifiers to nationals and one provisional qualifying time.

    When asked about the 100 meter results, Kenneth said, “I was so excited about Felix’s running. As my brother, he’s given me inspiration.”

    The inspiration flowed through the 200 meter race as well, with provisional times by Kenneth Andam (20.74) and Clayton Patch (20.83).

    “We had great and poor performances due to the weather. The hurdlers had to run in the wind, and that affected their time,” Robison said.

    Along with the record breaking results, other winners included Randon Richards in the 5,000 meters, Randy Hines in the 110-meter hurdles, Mark Chenn in the high jump, Ben Crosby in the pole vault, Lynn Jackson in the javelin, Mao Tiroze in the 800 meters, and Fikre Wondafrash in the 1,500 meters.

    BYU’s women’s track head coach Craig Poole said of his team, “I was pleased with the way they performed. There were a lot of personal bests.”

    One of those was the mile relay team, which finished with a time of 46.44. The first leg on the relay, Kristel Berendsen, was surprised by their time.

    “My knee was hurting and the weather was really bad, but overall the team did very well,” Berendsen said.

    Windy Jorgensen ran her fastest time of the year in the 100-meters with a time of 11.70. Jill Rudman, Becky Jackson and Kristin McQuade ran their season bests in the 400-meter hurdles.

    Amanda Busenbark ran a personal best in the 200-meters (24.71), and she ran a season best in the 100 meters. Amy Palmer held the top spot in three events, winning first in the shot put (55-8.25), discus (163-3) and hammer (185-4).

    Kristen Bolm also took first place in the long jump (19-6.25), and Marsha Mark was first in the javelin (160-4) as BYU won seven events.

    BYU’s men’s and women’s teams have another track meet Wednesday in Provo and hope to use that meet as a preparatory meet for the WAC championships.

    “We’ve dominated the conference in the past, and we hope to do it again,” Poole said.

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