BYU track: women’s track and field returns home for annual Robison Invitational

By Steven Tew

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, April 23 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT

PROVO, Utah – After a strong performance in last year’s home meet, the BYU women’s track and field team returns to Provo to host the annual BYU Robison Invitational this weekend at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex.

Teams registered to compete this year include Boise State, Idaho State, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah Valley, Weber State and Westminster College.

Last year during the Robison Invitational, the women’s track and field team concluded the meet with seven first-place finishes and many personal bests. Several of those strong performances came from returning athletes.

Multi-event athlete Elizabeth Wilson snagged a victory in the triple jump with a leap of 12.02 meters (39-5.25).Melissa Keltner managed a second-place finish with a leap of 11.64m (38-2.25).

This weekend Wilson is set to compete in the heptathlon along with Brie Simmons and Sidney Reilly. The last time the trio competed in the heptathlon was during the Cal Multi-Event meet. Wilson finished first with 5,031 points, Simmons placed fourth with 4,495 points, and Reilly ended the meet 11th with 4,218 points.

The Cougars top competitor in the heptathlon is SUU’s Shaye Maurer. Maurer is currently ranked 30th in the nation coming off a 5,201-point performance at the Mt. Sac Relays.

Also picking up a win during last year’s meet was Allyson Anderson Wardell, who won the javelin with a throw of 49.36m (161-11.25). Wardell’s top performance so far in 2013 came during the USC Trojan Invitational. She placed third overall with a throw of 47.05m (154-04.25).

This year Wardell, as well as freshman Taylor Barrus, go head-to-head with UVU’s McKell Camp-Nielsen. Nielsen is currently ranked 31st in the nation, just one place ahead of Wardell, with a throw of 47.18m (154-09.00).

In the sprints, Aubrey Hale narrowly missed out on a win last year in the 100 meters with a time of 11.87 seconds. Hale’s top competition in this year’s 100 comes from Idaho State’s Camille Marchand. Marchand’s top time this year is 12.14, which she ran at the Weber State Spring Classic.

For a complete schedule for other top events this weekend, visit the event game day page.

The meet kicks off on Wednesday, April 24 at 4 p.m. MDT with the women’s heptathlon and will continue through Saturday afternoon.

Live results for the Robison Invitational can be found at runnercard.com.

Steven Tew is an SID at BYU Athletic Communications. He can be contacted at wtrack_sid@byu.edu,

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