Outdoor season begins for BYU track and field at Aztec Invitational

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Any BYU track and field athlete knows when outdoor season begins, track and field is just getting started. This weekend, BYU is heading to San Diego to compete in the SDSU Aztec Invitational.

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A BYU track and field athlete throws the discuss in a home meet last year. The discus throw is not held during the indoor season and athletes will have a chance to throw during the SDSU Aztec Invitational. (Photo by Universe Photographer)

Outdoor season is an exciting time for track and field, and San Diego is the best place to get things heated up. Many of the BYU track athletes are more than ready for outdoor season; there are some events that do not occur in indoor season, meaning the last competition many of those athletes participated in was last May. Also, any athlete who redshirted the indoor season has not competed yet this year.

Junior Brittany Critchfield is excited to throw the discus outdoors this weekend. The discus is an outdoors only event, because most throwers can launch the discus well over 100 feet.

“We haven’t competed since last May, so it’s almost been an entire year of just practicing,” Critchfield said. “I’m excited for the season, and I hope to get to regionals and make it farther than I have in the last two years.”

Outdoor track season is a clean slate for all the track and field athletes as well. A new season for a chance to break school records, personal records and work on qualifying for NCAA regionals and nationals.

The meet begins Friday at the SDSU Sports Deck and concludes Saturday evening.

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