BYU track and field: 36 athletes with season-best performances

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A BYU track and field runner is set to sprint at practice earlier this season. The team had several athletes with season-best performances at the MPSF Championships over the weekend. (Natalie Bothwell)

The BYU track and field team had one goal at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Seattle over the weekend: to have two-thirds of the athletes earn their personal-bests of the indoor season.

36 of the 54 participating athletes did it.

“It was a phenomenal meet for us,” said BYU head track and field coach Ed Eyestone. “The men’s team ended up in second and the women’s team in seventh. We had some great performances overall.”

Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton ran a personal best 8.20 seconds in the 60m hurdles. She finished third overall and moved to third place on the BYU all-time list.

Zachary Blackham set a personal record in the high jump. Not only did he win his event, but he now has the fifth-best jump in BYU indoor history and is ranked No. 6 in the NCAA.

Kevin Nielsen had a season-best performance in the heptathlon and is 20th in the NCAA.

Erin Merkley placed sixth overall in the pentathlon with a personal best performance and now sits in ninth place on the BYU all-time list.

Shea Martinez-Collinsworth finished second in the 800m with a time of 2:04.53.

Shaquille Walker and Zachary Blackham will represent BYU at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Alabama March 11-12.

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