Promising beginnings for men and women’s track

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The BYU men’s and women’s track teams had a successful weekend, with the men competing at the indoor season home opener and the women competing at Boise State.

“Following a long break, these two meets will let us see who followed their holiday workouts,” head coach Patrick Shane said in a press release. “But there will also be some surprises. Some of our athletes will get great marks we didn’t expect.”

As these were the first meets of the season, athletes now know where they measured up and where they need to improve. Some athletes had some surprise results. Fan Fan Charles set a new personal record in the 60-meter final with a new time of 6.75 seconds.

“The way Fan Fan (Charles) ran today was phenomenal,” head coach Mark Robison said in a press release. “We haven’t had a 60m time like that in a long time. We were also able to make it through without any serious injuries, which is good. I’m pleased how things went, and we will see a lot of improvement between this and our next meet.”

The men swept first through third in the high jump and first through fourth in the mile. Dakoda John won the high jump with a mark of 2.10 meters, followed by Sam Rockwood and Russell Nielson. Milers were Tommy Gruenewald (4:10.90), Jason Witt (4:14.52), Jared Rohatinsky (4:15.99) and Steve Flint (4:15.99)

[media-credit name=”Elliot Miller” align=”alignright” width=”300″][/media-credit]The Cougars men also swept first through fifth in the 3,000, with Jared Ward winning, followed by teammates Tylor Thatcher, Daniel Carney, Dylan Shawhan and Conner Peloquin. Chase Dalton and Isaac Robinson placed first and second in the men’s heptathlon.

Brianna French and Brittany Critchfield took second and third in the indoor discus with respective marks of 44.38 meters and 41.16 meters.

“Overall it was a successful meet,” head coach Mark Robison said in a press release. “I was pleased with a lot of our athletes throughout the weekend.”

The Cougars head to New Mexico in the upcoming weekend for the Cherry and Silver Invitational.

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