Strong debut performances lead BYU track during weekend invitational

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SEATTLE– Jared Ward’s strong debut performance led the BYU men’s track long distance runners at the UW Invitational Friday and Saturday.

“It was a good meet for us,” head coach Ed Eyestone said. “By and large we did great and performed well. We looked forward to the debut of our distance squad and they didn’t disappoint.”

Men's cross country star Jared Ward led the Cougar track team to a victory during the weekend.
Men’s cross country star Jared Ward led the Cougar track team to a victory during the weekend. Photo courtesy BYU Athletics.

Ward, who previously was deemed ineligible in cross country by the NCAA for participating in a “fun run,” ran the 3000 meters and recorded the 14th fastest time in the country in his first appearance this season. He was joined by four more Cougars, all finishing in the top 20: Jonathan Nelson (13th), Steve Flint (15th), Taylor Farnsworth (17th) and Curtis Carr (20th)

In the shot put, Zach Stetler recorded his own personal best with a mark of 17.15, good enough for fifth place. Jonathan Harper ran a personal best 4:06:23 while Mario Harper ran the 400 meters in 48.47 seconds, taking second place.

The Cougars next meet will be in New York Feb 7 and 8 as they participate in the New Balance Invitational.

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