Track team hoping for good weather

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Fingers are crossed for good weather as the BYU track and field team travels to Los Angeles this weekend to compete in its second outdoor meet of the season.

Last week, several Cougars were unable to compete due to the rain storm that cut the meet short in San Diego. However, despite the setback, the main goal for the season is consistent progression.

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BYU Junior Phillip Bettis competes in the long jump in the Smith Fieldhouse.
“The most important thing is that each week we are getting a little bit better,” men’s head coach Mark Robison said.

The USC Invitational may help the team improve its performances this weekend due to the tougher level of competition. Robison assures this meet will be much more competitive than last week’s meet. Teams from Oregon, Washington, Michigan and USC will be competing; USC is one of the top 15 teams in the country.

With higher competition and a good forecast, the Cougars are bound to improve.

“Another good thing is we have been outside more than a week or so,” Robison said.

The good weather has enabled many athletes to practice their individual events outside, better replicating an actual meet performance.

With competitions every weekend, many athletes must rotate traveling to different meets to stay healthy and fresh. Therefore, for several Cougars, this meet may be the first outdoor meet of the season.

“We will have quite a few kids compete this week that didn’t compete last week,” Robison said.

With fresh competitors and recent outdoor training, there is energy and anticipation for a good outdoor meet.

“I am excited, I think each week we will get a little bit better,” Robison said. “It is nice to get outside.”

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