BYU fails to score points at Nationals

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Four male athletes and one female athlete from BYU competed at NCAA Indoor Nationals last weekend. For the first time since 2007, none of the males scored any points for BYU’s team.

Kelsey Brown qualified in the 800-meter race and in the trials she fell, disqualifying her for the finals. Brown and a few other girls fell, and coach Patrick Shane filed a protest that took more than 30 minutes to resolve. The top three girls from each heat qualify for finals, and Brown was likely to be in that top three. She got back up and finished her race, coming in seventh, with a time of 2:18.55.

Jared Ward took ninth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:54.04. Tylor Thatcher ran the race in 14:12.55, finishing in fifteenth place.

“I think all of us were a little disappointed about how it went, no one did as well as they hoped to do individually,” Ward said.  “When you take a step back you can identify good parts about it and just be grateful to be at the national meet and hope to do better next year.”

In the 800-meter preliminary round, Ryan Waite took thirteenth overall in 1:49.77. Waite missed qualifying for the finals by less than a second. Victor Weirich finished 13th in the pole vault, with a height of 17:08.50.

The Cougars head to San Diego to begin outdoor season this upcoming weekend.

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