BYU track: 2013 BYU women's track and field top recruiting class & veterans prepare for season

By Steven Tew

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013 7:39 p.m. MST


Allyson Anderson Wardell, who enters her senior year as the teams top javelin thrower, is a two-time All-MWC selection in 2010 and 2011, and a second-team All-America honoree in 2012. Wardell threw for 44.28m during the NCAA Championships to earn All-America honors.

Joining Wardell in the throws are sophomore Brianna French and senior Deezbaa Whaley.

French, the Cougar’s top discus thrower, threw a personal best 47.71m in the outdoor discus during the Utah Valley Invitational. French currently ranks eighth on the BYU all-time outdoor record board with her personal best throw.

Whaley, a Kayenta, Ariz., native and a recent returned missionary, is the team’s top performer in the weight throw and the hammer throw. Prior to her mission, Whaley had personal best throws of 52.04m in the hammer throw and 17.68m in the weight throw. Whaley currently sits fourth on the BYU all-time indoor record board in the 20-Lb. weight throw and ninth on the outdoor record board in the discus.

The top recruit in the throws is javelin thrower Taylor Barrus. The Ridgefield, Wash., native won the region and state championships as a senior with throws of 43.19m and 45.93m, respectively.

The women's track team starts off the 2013 indoor season with the BYU Indoor Invitational on Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. MST in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Steven Tew is an SID at BYU Athletic Communications. He can be contacted at,

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