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BYU track and field: Many Cougars record personal bests at USC Trojan Invitational

By Ashlyn Hewlett

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 25 2012 11:48 p.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES—Many Cougars recorded personal best marks this weekend as the BYU men’s and women's track and field team participated in the Trojan Invitational at the Loker Stadium in Los Angeles on Friday and Saturday.

“The meet went very well,” men's head coach Mark Robison said. “There was tough competition at the meet and I was very pleased with our teams performances.”

All-Americans Cade Lindahl and Ryan Waite ran well in both the 400m and 800m, with Lindahl placing fourth, running 46.71, and Waite finishing sixth in 1:48.74.

Three Cougars finished top ten in the 1500m, with Jared Rohatinsky finishing sixth (3:50.21), Justin Hedin finishing eighth (3:50.38) and Ryan Jones coming in ninth (3:51.38).

In the short distances, Fanfan Charles finished the 100m in a career best time of 10.58 and Jason Hinds finished in 10.71 and in the 3000m steeplechase Jacob Cosby, Steve Flint and Curtis Carr took fifth, sixth and seventh.

Kyle Baker and Keith Keller finished fourth and sixth in the javelin, throwing 63.48m and 62.09m respectively, and Colby Barber came in second in the shot put with a distance of 16.87m.

Also in the field events, Dakoda John came in third in the high jump with a height of 2.06m and Seth Weiler finished fourth in the discus, throwing 47.56m.

Junior Allyson Anderson led the BYU women’s track team with a dominating performance in the javelin.

Anderson set a new personal best in her javelin win with a throw of 51.19m (167-11). Her throw ranks third in BYU history and currently ranks third in the NCAA. Anderson was the lone Cougar to win an event at the meet.

The high jump was also a strong event for the Cougars. Senior Diana Blauer led BYU with a second place finish after a season-best jump of 1.70m (5-7.00). Ada Robinson and Taylor Stapley tied for sixth in the event with a height of 1.60m (5-3.00).

Angela Shields snagged another second-place finish for the Cougars. Shields finished the 400m hurdles in 1:01.77 to cross the line just behind the winner.

In the 3000m steeplechase, Andrea Nelson managed to finish second in 10:46.45. She was followed closely by teammate Jennica Redd, who crossed the line in third in 11:11.56.

Senior Sarah Edwards finished fourth in the 1500m in 4:24.06. Michaelanne Laurent also competed in the race and finished eighth in 4:28.84.

Also picking up a solid finish on the track was Jenessa Carlson. Carlson competed in the 800m for the first time this year and finished fifth in 2:15.08. In the sprints, Kassie Jensen finished the 100m in 12.25, good enough for eighth, whileAubrey Hale crossed in 12.35 to claim ninth.

Both Diane McAllister Perry and Nicole Naatjes tied their season bests in the pole vault with jumps of 3.72m (12-2.50). Mellissa Keltner set a new personal best with a triple jump of 12.05m (39-6.50), good enough for fourth place.

Final results from the USC Trojan Invitational are available on royalresults.com. The Cougars will continue their season at the annual Texas Relays on March 30-31.

Ashlyn Hewlett is a sports information director with BYU Athletic Communications directly over cross country and men's track & field. She can be contacted at ashlyn.hewlett@gmail.com.

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