Six Cougars Win Events at UVU

By Taylor Wilson

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 11:39 p.m. MDT

OREM – The BYU women’s track and field team competed at the UVU Collegiate Invitational on Friday while a few individuals traveled to Texas to compete in the prestigious Texas Relays.

"A lot of our athletes took this as a weekend to rest, but the athletes we did have compete ended up with some great marks," head coach Patrick Shane said. "Lexi Eaton really performed well in the high jump in her first competition of the year. We also had some other great performances by freshmen, including Nicole Naatjes in the pole vault and Brianna French in the shot put."

Six Cougars brought home victories from the second annual UVU Invite. Eaton, who also competes on the BYU basketball team, won the high jump in her first ever collegiate competition. Eaton cleared 1.75 meters (5-9.00) to take home the win.

Diana Blauer and Taylor Stapley tied for second in the high jump with leaps of 1.70m (5-7.00). Senior Ada Robinson snagged fourth by clearing the same height but in more attempts.

Junior Melissa Keltner picked up first-place finishes in both the long jump and triple jump. Keltner recorded personal bests in both events by jumping 5.69m (18-8.00) in the long jump and 12.26m (40-2.75) in the triple.

Also snagging a win in the field was freshman thrower Brianna French. French won the discus with a career-best toss of 47.71m (156-6.25).

The Cougars took the top three spots in the pole vault and were led by Naatjes, who won the event with an outdoor season-best vault of 3.90m (12-9.50). Elizabeth Portanova and Diane McAllister Perry tied for second with heights of 3.75m (12-3.75).

On the track, sophomore Aubrey Hale won the 100m in 12.01 seconds. Stapley managed a second place finish to lead BYU in the 100m hurdles in 14.41, while Brooke Jensen crossed the line in fourth in 14.77.

Katie Swanson secured a second place finish in the 1500m with a time of 4:47.64. Also taking home a top-three finish in a distance event was Candace Eddy, who finished the 800m in 2:16.41 to finish third.

In Texas, sophomore Elizabeth Wilson set a new career best with 4,860 points in the heptathlon. Wilson’s best event was the shot put, in which she finished second off a toss of 12.16m (49-10.75) and earned 672 points.

BYU will host the BYU-USC-Boise State Tri-Meet at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex on Saturday, April 7. A few athletes will also travel to California to compete at the Stanford Invitational on April 6-7.

Taylor Wilson works for BYU Athletic Communications as a Sports Information Director for women's track and field. He can be reached at wtrack_sid@byu.edu.

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