USATF Championship: Chase Dalton places fifth, three other Cougars place

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Chase Dalton pole vaults during a competition in 2013. Pole vaulting is one of ten events athletes compete in at decathlons. (Universe photo)

BYU athletes scored big at the USATF Championship June 15–29. Chase Dalton, a senior from Tigard, Oregon, placed fifth overall in the men’s decathlon, with 7,592 points, and placed second for collegiate athletes after Wisconsin’s Zach Ziemek.

Three other BYU athletes, Korey Smith, Brian Matthews and Nicole Laws, also competed. Smith, a sophomore from Roseburg, Oregon, placed 13th in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.93 seconds. Matthews finished ninth in the men’s junior decathlon with 6,750 points.

Laws, a freshman from Provo, represented the women’s side of track and field, placing sixth in the junior heptathlon. She received 4,863 points, placed fourth among college athletes, and her best performance was in the 100-meter hurdles, with a time of 14.26 seconds.

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