Brigham Young University, buoyed by a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 35-pound weight throw and a first-place finish by Frank Fredericks in the long jump took the first-day lead in the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The BYU women's team had an overwhelming first-day lead, winning all three of Friday's finals.Per Karlsson led the 35-pound weight sweep, with a heave of 66 feet, 10 inches. Leif Lundahl followed at 61-101/2 with Brent Patera taking third (60-31/4) and Jack Mohr fourth (58-113/4). Fredericks, primarily a sprinter, leaped 24-10 to win the long jump by 31/2 inches over UTEP's Roger Giles. BYU picked up points from Erik Hughes, fourth at 23-61/4 and James Waite, fifth at 23-5.
Former Timpview High teammates Dave Spence and Brandon Rhoads added points in the 5,000 with Spence taking second (15:12.77) and Rhoads fifth (15:21.45).
BYU finished the day with 64 points to 371/2 for UTEP. New Mexico was in third with 13.
The BYU women's team had 47 first-day points to 18 for UTEP. New Mexico was third with 12.
Angela Lee won the 5,000 in a time of 18:01.93. Teammates Leanne Whitesides, Tara Laws and Sherry Schultz finished third, fifth and sixth respectively.
Shu-Hwa Wang won the long jump by almost 2 feet, leaping 20-101/2 to 18-103/4 for runner-up Kelly Delph of Colorado State.
Kartsi Leppaluoto took the shot put at 54-31/2. Teammate Anna Mosdell was third and Utah's Sharon Siebold finished fifth.