BYU men’s track and field, led by record-breaking performances from Tatenda Tsumba in the 200m and Zachary Blackham in the high jump, placed second as a team at the Air Force Invitational in Colorado over the weekend. Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton also broke a record with her personal best in the 60m hurdles and helped the women’s team finish in third place.
“I was pleased with the overall effort. If we can just keep building over the course of the next five weeks then we can have several people get to nationals,” BYU associate head coach Mark Robison said.
Tatenda Tsumba took fifth place all-time in BYU indoor history with a time of 21.16 in the 200m. With another .08 of a second, Tsumba will pass Kenneth Andam, who currently holds fourth place with a time of 21.09.
Zachary Blackham earned a personal best of 7′ 2.25″ in the high jump with the sixth all-time mark. He needs .25″ to tie David Pendergrass for fifth place.
The men’s team also got a great performance from John Glazier who finished in first place with mark of 7.48 meters in the long jump. Mark Carlson took second in the 400m with 48.30 while Jesse White place fourth in the same race at 48.97.
The men’s 4x400m team also won this weekend and contributed to the Cougars’ second place overall finish. BYU was just 60 points behind Air Foirce.
Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton ran 8.42 in the 60m hurdles and tied the fifth place BYU all-time record she set at the home meet earlier this year. She is just .06 seconds shy of taking fourth, a record that hasn’t been broken since 2004.
Kaylee Packham placed second and ran a personal best of 56.64 in the 400m. Anginae Monteverde hit a mark of 4.05 meters and tied for first place in the pole vault. Hailey Folsom placed third in the women’s indoor pentathlon with 3441 points. She improved 150 points from the last meet.
The women’s team took third place overall in the meet behind Wyoming and Colorado.
“We just need to stay healthy. We didn’t have anyone get hurt this weekend which is awesome. We just have to get a little better each week and I think we will be good,” Robison said.
BYU track and field heads to Seattle for the Washington Invitational on Jan. 29-30.