Track and Field: Red-hot Cougs start outdoor season in desert

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    By Laura Peers

    After several strong performances at the NCAA Division I Indoor National Championships, the BYU men?s and women?s track and field teams get set to compete in their first meet of the outdoor season this weekend at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.

    ?This will be a good meet to start off the outdoor season,? BYU men?s track and field head coach Mark Robison said in a press release. ?It will be warm and we?ll get started with great competition and it will give the athletes a chance to get back and get moving.?

    The men will compete against 13 teams, including teams from ASU, Kentucky, New Mexico, Northern Arizona and South Dakota.

    The No. 3 women?s team will compete against 12 teams, including teams from ASU, Nebraska, New Mexico and Louisville.

    The meet will be a good chance for the athletes who have not had the chance to compete in the indoor season to gain experience.

    ?This will be a great meet for our athletes that haven?t been able to compete yet,? BYU women?s throwing coach Dick Legas said. ?This is a low pressure event that will give us good experience. We look forward to starting our outdoor season after our indoor success.?

    The BYU women?s team just completed the indoor season with the highest national ranking in school history. The team also features two national champions — Amy Menlove and Lacey Cramer — who won their events at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

    Friday?s events start at 2 p.m. MST beginning with the women?s hammer followed by the men?s. Saturday?s events will begin at noon with the women?s discus.

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