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BYU track: Cougars wrap up Robison Invitational

By Mason Porter

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 27 2013 8:43 p.m. MDT

PROVO, Utah — The BYU Robison Invitational came to a close on Saturday with a few more Cougars submitting regional-qualifying marks at Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex.

“The meet went well overall,” No. 17 BYU head coach Mark Robison said. “The kids really responded and a lot of them performed well enough to qualify for the regional meet in a few weeks. Our goal is to continue to improve and we saw that improvement this week.”

In the track events, BYU had four first-place finishes on the day. Cade Lindahl won the men’s 400-meter final with a time of 47.10. In the 100-meter dash final, Fan Fan Charles came in first place with a season-best time of 10.50. Jason Hinds took fourth place in 10.69.

Ryan Waite and Justin Hedin came in first and second, respectively, in the 800-meter run final. Waite crossed the finish line in 1:49.48 and Hedin came in just behind with a time of 1:51.68. In the 200-meter final, Lindahl came in fourth place, finishing in 21.65.

Eight Cougars finished in the top-10 of the men’s timed mile. Tommy Gruenewald, Marcus Dickson and Jared Ward took the top three spots with respective times of 4:06.28, 4:07.63 and 4:08.23. Jared Rohatinsky (4:10.61), Steve Flint (4:10.69), Ryan Jones (4:12.99) and David Graham (4:13.04) finished fifth through eighth, respectively. Aaron Fletcher took 10th place with a time of 4:16.00.

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Erik Harris grabbed second place with a time of 9:09.92. Daniel Carney came in third in 9:10.32. Both times are likely to qualify the runners for the regional meet. Curtis Carr took fourth place, finishing in 9:20.50, and Jacob Cosby took sixth in 9:41.74.

Bejon Bryant came in second place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.96. Korey Smith won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.52.

BYU’s 4x100-meter relay team of Jacob Arslanian, John Lamont, Jason Hinds and Charles ran the team’s best time of the season with a mark of 41.04. The BYU 4x400-meter relay team of Graham, Hedin, Arslanian and Waite came in third place with a time of 3:21.75.

In the throws, Jacob Foutz took sixth place in the hammer competition with a throw of 161-00.25. Joseph Stull took eighth with a throw of 155-04.50. Winston Wilkinson took second place overall in the men’s discus final with a throw of 167-09.50. Foutz came in fourth place with a throw of 159-02.25. Aaron Clark and Clinton Prestwich came in sixth and eighth place, respectively, throwing 156-04.50 and 147-04.50.

The Cougars fared well in the pole vault competition, with Victor Weirich winning the invitational division with a mark of 17-07.00 while Braydon Bringhurst took third place, clearing 16-07.25. Tyler Brown finished in fifth place by clearing 16-01.25. Kyle Brown and Jameson Shirley tied for sixth place in the event, each vaulting 15-07.50.

In the high jump, Sam Rockwood took second place overall with a mark of 6-11.00, which will likely qualify him for the regional meet. Dakoda John took fourth place with a jump of 6-07.25. Scott Matheson won the triple jump event, jumping 44-07.75.

The Cougars will head to Ogden, Utah, next Wednesday for the Weber State Invite.

Mason Porter is a Sports Information Director for BYU Athletic Communications. Contact him at mretrop@gmail.com.

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