BYU track and field completes MPSF championships and prepares for nationals

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BYU track and field finished strong in the MPSF Championships this weekend in Seattle.

Men's cross country star Jared Ward leads the Cougar track team to a victory.
Men’s cross country star Jared Ward leads the Cougar track team to a victory.

The meet began Friday Feb. 28 at noon PST and concluded with the men’s and women’s distance medley relay, and continued through Saturday March 1 at 3 p.m.

Many BYU athletes were hoping to use this meet as their last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships beginning in two weeks.

Four-time All-American senior Jared Ward previously qualified for nationals in the 5000 meters, and increased his times this weekend in the 3000 meters. Ward hit a new personal best in 3000 meters at the MPSF meet, decreasing his time by 2.17 seconds with a 7:52.51 run. Ward will be competing in the NCAA championship.

Freshman Nicole Laws also shone in Friday’s session at the MPSF meet, ranking first place for the women’s 60 meter hurdles with a 8.50 second run. She also ranked highly in the women’s high jump, scoring second place with a 1.77 meter jump.

Joshua Weirich went into the championship hoping to increase his score in the heptathlon and did just that. Weirich improved in personal bests for two events, the 60 meters and the 1000 meters.

Weirich decreased his time on the 60 meters by .02 seconds with a 7.17 second run. His 1000 meter time was decreased by 2.28 seconds with a 2:42.37 run.

All athletes who qualified will continue to the NCAA Indoor Championships which are held March 14 -15. The championships will be held in Albuquerque, NM at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

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