Cougars’ track and field finishes strong in first road meet of the season

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The BYU men’s and women’s track and field teams placed third and fifth, respectively, at the Texas A&M Team Invitational over the weekend.

“When you’re battling against some of the best from the SEC and the Big 12 I think that’s a great result,” head coach Ed Eyestone said of the 11 teams present.

Both men’s and women’s teams opened the meet by placing first in the distance medley relay with times of 11:44.06 and 9:45.18.

Rory Linkletter crossed the finish line for the 3000m in 8:11.35. Karson Fronk finished second in the mile with a time of 4:10.63. Sean Adams ran a personal best of 47.64 in the indoor 400m.

High jumper Sam Rockwood, who tore his ACL in the fall of 2014, took second place with a mark of 6’11”. It was his best performance since the injury.

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A BYU runner leaps over a hurdle at a meet last year. The Cougars’ men’s team took third place overall in Texas this weekend. (Elliott Miller)

“I had a pretty miserable meet last week,” Rockwood admitted. “Coach Mark Robison talked to me and told me to quite focusing on outcomes and focus rather on what you’re doing well and stay positive.”

Shae Collinsworth finished second in the 800m with a time of 2:04.52. Andrea Stapleton set a personal record and placed second in the high jump with a jump of 1.76 meters. Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton took fifth place in the 60m hurdles.

Eyestone was impressed with his team’s performance at a very competitive meet.

“We scored as well as we did, and at such an early meet, you’re more concerned about giving your athletes a good experience than you are trying to load up trying to win the meet. I think a lot of other teams have that same philosophy but its still nice for scoring third and fifth,” Eyestone said.

The Cougars head to Colorado Springs next weekend for the Air Force Invitational.

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