Track to Have First Home Meet; Looks to Add to List of Regional Qualifiers

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    By Sam Scorup

    The BYU track and field teams will have their first outdoor home meet of the year today, Mar. 31, 2006.

    After competing in Arizona each of the past two weekends, the Cougars will compete in Provo for the first time since an indoor meet in January 2006. Fifteen BYU men and three BYU women have already qualified for the regional championships this season.

    Men”s coach Mark Robison encouraged the Cougar faithful to attend.

    “We”re really excited. It”s supposed to be a beautiful day,” he said.

    Teams from around the area will participate in the meet. BYU”s competition will include Utah, Utah State, Wyoming, Southern Utah, Weber State, Utah Valley State and Northern Arizona.

    Women”s coach Craig Poole said the athletes are eager to perform in front of the home crowd.

    “It”s a preview of some exciting things to come,” Poole said, “and our athletes are excited about competing on their home turf.”

    The meet will take place at the Clarence F. Robison Track on BYU campus and will run from approximately 11 a.m. until about 5 p.m. A tentative schedule of events may be found by clicking on the “home meet information” link online at www.byutrack.com.

    Robison said the team is prepared to hit its stride.

    “Each week we feel we”ll get a little better,” Robison said. “We hope to get more regional qualifiers [today].”

    This will be the first of five home outdoor meets for the Cougars this season, including the Mountain West Conference Championships and the NCAA West Regional Championships.

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