Long distance runners impress at meet

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    By Lindsey Johnson

    BYU”s long-distance runners set the pace again for the women”s track team at Saturday Feb. 1”s, Bodybuilding.com Invite at Boise State.

    “It was a great meet overall, with great performances from all of the teams,” Boise State head track coach Mike Maynard said. “I was pleased with the level of competition and the outcome.”

    The women”s teams competing in the non-team scoring meet included BYU, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, University of Texas-El Paso, Cal State L.A. and Boise State.

    The Cougars showed strength in the distance events, winning the mile and the 3000-meter, and placing second in the 800-meter running events.

    Making her first track appearance of the year, junior Michaela Mannova, from the Czech Republic, came away with a first-place finish and a provisional qualifying time of 4 minutes, 46.55 seconds in the mile run.

    Teammates Jamie Cottle, Kassi Andersen, Nan Kennard, Kristy Barrus and Anika Smith all placed in the top 10.

    Junior Katie Martin also captured a first-place finish in the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:32.01. Closely behind Martin were teammates Breanne Sandberg and Lindsey Thomsen.

    In the mile and 3000-meter runs, BYU had six runners finish in the top nine.

    BYU senior runner Jamie Cottle earned a second-place finish in the 800-meter run, with a time of 2:15.18.

    Mannova finished closely behind Cottle, with a time of 2:17.02.

    Sophomore Angela Benson and junior Emily Mars earned third- and fourth-place finishes in the 5000-meter run.

    The women”s team captured a first-place finish and provisionally qualified for nationals in the distance medley with a time of 11:35.47.

    Also, in the 4×400-meter relay, BYU earned a third-place finish with a time of 3:47.83

    In the field events, Stephanie Bodhaine, Jessica Taylor and Candace Clifford all tied for third place in the high jump, with a height of 5-05.

    Leading the triple jump for the Cougars was sophomore Lindsey Sommer, who achieved a third-place finish with a leap of 38-08 3/4.

    Freshman Kristen McGregor also added a fourth-place finish in the triple jump and the pole vault for the Cougars, jumping a distance of 36-11 3/4 and a height of 11-08.

    BYU earned third- and fourth-place finishes in the throwing events.

    In the weight throw, junior Malita Bingham threw a distance of 53-03 1/2, earning her a third-place finish.

    Sophomore Maret Komarova from Estonia finished fourth in the shot put with a distance of 45-01.

    The women”s track team will return to Idaho Feb. 7 and 8 for the third time to compete in the Mountain States Games in Pocatello.

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