Cougars take second in Air Force Invitational


COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Rachel Fisher led the Cougars at the 24th Annual Air Force Invitational on Jan. 25 with a strong performance in the pole vault.

The senior cleared an impressive height of 4.20 m (13’9.25″), falling just two and a half inches short of her own personal best. The mark was good enough for first among college athletes competing at the invitational.

Pole vaulter Rachel Fisher competes during an indoor meet. Photo by Jaren Wilkey.
Pole vaulter Rachel Fisher competes during an indoor meet. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey)

BYU sprints and hurdles coach Mark Robinson was pleased with his team’s performance.

“The meet has been very good, and the kids have performed well,” Robinson said. “This is a really good place for field events and for sprints.”

The meet in Colorado lasted a trying three full days and included a complete pentathlon. But BYU was able to earn second place in the end.

Elizabeth Wilson earned third place in the pentathlon, which started on Thursday. Alyssa Montverde closely followed and also won fourth place in the 60m hurdles. She had a time of 8.59

In the 60m sprint, junior Arlene Gowar claimed fourth place with a time of 7.67. She also took third place in the 200m with a time of 24.79.

One of the highlights of the weekend was BYU’s victory in the mile relay with a time of 3:49.53.

BYU will compete next at the Washington Invitational in Seattle on Jan. 31. It will also return to Air Force on Feb 14 for another meet.

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