Track and field back to California


BYU track and field heads back to southern California for the USC Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium in Los Angeles after a successful meet in San Diego last weekend.

This meet is different than most meets BYU will face this season, because it is scored, meaning USC will award points to the top places in each event.

On the men’s side, USC enters the meet ranked eighth in the country by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s preseason poll. BYU will also face stiff competition from No. 1 Texas A&M, Washington and Washington State.

On the women’s side, USC has never lost this home meet since they began it. IT will also be going head-to-head with No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 18 Washington and No. 23 USC.

This will be the first outdoor meet for many of the distance runners who have been recovering from indoor season.

“It’s our second outdoor meet; we had a really good first outdoor meet, and we are looking to improve across the board in each area,” women’s head coach Patrick Shane said. “It’s going to be a very competitive meet.”

The Trojan Invitational begins on Friday with the women’s hammer throw at West L.A. College at 2 p.m. in Los Angeles. The meet will continue later that night at USC’s Loker Stadium with the women’s javelin at 6 p.m. and the women’s 5,000 meters at 6:45 p.m.

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