BYU men’s track and field starts outdoor season off on a good foot

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The BYU men’s track and field team performed well overall with several standout performances at the Trojan Invitational and the California Multi’s meet.

Curtis Carr competing at a meet for BYU.
Curtis Carr competing at a meet for BYU.

said “We had an outstanding day today on the heels of yesterday,” head coach Ed Eyestone. “We had a number of what should be regional qualifiers.”

This being the start of the outdoor season was the first competition for outdoor throwers and steeplechasers. Junior James Tracey and senior Steve Flint qualified for steeplechasers last year and are projected to lead the Cougars in the year’s competitions.

The Trojan invitational events began Friday afternoon, with the throwers followed by distance events in the evening. Saturday’s events began at 10 a.m. (PST) with field events and finished at 3:30 p.m. with the men’s 1,600 meter relay.

Senior Joshua Weirich set a new personal best in the decathlon with 7,412 points, taking first place overall in Saturday’s meet. Freshman Alex Ashworth recorded a mark of 14.98 meters in the triple jump, taking second. Ashworth also tied for third place in the long jump with a mark of 7.14 meters.

The Cougars provided four of the top five finishers in the 1,500 meter event. Sophomore Evan Argyle took first place, with 3:51.65, followed by sophomore Dylan Shawhan finishing second, with 3:52.01. Junior Travis Fuller and sophomore Jonathan Brown took fourth and fifth place.

BYU dominated the steeplechase, taking first and second place in the events. Junior Aaron Fleischer finished first, with a 9:09.33, followed by junior James Tracy, with a time of 9:03.33.

Sophomore Zachary Stetler took second in the discus with a mark of 51.41 meters and third in shotput, throwing 17.33 meters. Senior Mario Harper won the 400 meters with a time of 47.97. Sophomore Korey Smith and junior Sean Adams placed second and third place in the 400 hurdles. Senior Dakota John and sophomore Zachary Blackham tied for second in the high jump, both clearing 2.11 meters.

“All in all, I think it was a great day all around,” Eyestone said. “I’m pleased with all of our groups: our jumpers, sprinters, throwers and our distance guys all performed.”

Next week the Cougars will be back in action at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.

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