PROVO — This week the BYU men’s and women’s track and field teams will host their first outdoor meet of the season against Pac-12 powerhouse University of Southern California and Boise State at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex on Saturday, April 7.
The BYU women broke into the USTFCCCA top 25 this week, at No. 24, and the men hang just outside the top 25 with their current ranking of 26. BYU will face tough competition as USC enters the meet with the university's men ranked eighth nationally and women ranked fourth.
NCAA indoor mile record-holder Miles Batty will be opening his outdoor season at the tri-meet. A two-time national champion, Batty will be participating in the 1,500 meters. Batty was an All-American in the 1500m last season.
Other highly ranked men competing include Victor Weirich (ranked third in the pole vault), Chris Carter (eighth in the 400m hurdles), Kevin Nielsen (ninth in the decathlon), Ryan Waite (10th in the 800m) and Cade Lindahl (14th in the 400m).
USC will also bring several athletes ranked in the top 10 in the nation in their respective events. The Trojans feature top 10 athletes in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 10000m, 400m hurdles, hammer throw and javelin. USC also has the number-one 4x400m team and the nation’s top 400m runner.
The Cougar men have the 16th-ranked 4x400m relay team, with its best time just seconds behind that of USC. The final event of the meet has the potential to be an epic showdown between two of the top relay teams in the nation.
On the women’s side, Christen Guenther will lead the team as the sixth-ranked pole vaulter in the NCAA. Allyson Anderson will compete in the javelin and her season-best mark currently ranks sixth in the nation.
Another women’s athlete to watch is Lexi Eaton, a freshman high jumper who competed for the first time in her college career at the UVU Invitational last week and won the high jump. Eaton was also on the women’s basketball team and was named the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year this season.
The USC women will also bring several impressive athletes, including top-10 athletes in the 200m, 10000m, discus and hammer throw.
The meet will be the first scored meet of the outdoor season for the Cougars. The women’s pole vault will be the first event of the meet and will begin at 11:00 a.m.
Running competition will begin at 1 p.m. with the women’s 3000m steeplechase. The final event will be the men’s 4x400m at 3:30 p.m.
Admission to the meet will be $5 per person. Children under age five are free and students with an All-Sports pass will be admitted without charge as well. Live stats will be available at runnercard.com.
Taylor Wilson works for BYU Athletic Communications as a Sports Information Director for women's track and field. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.