Frank Fredericks, BYU's All-America sprinter from Namibia, won his second and third events in two days - one in record fashion - as the Cougars easily won the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday in Colorado Springs.
Fredericks, who won the long jump on Friday, won the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.69, breaking his own meet record of 20.75 set last year. He also defended his title in the 55-meter dash, recording a time of 6.17.Not surprisingly, Fredericks was voted the male Athlete of the Meet.
BYU totaled 195 points to win the team championship for the fourth time in five years. Texas-El Paso was second with 1201/2, followed by Air Force with 47.
The Cougars also won the women's team championship handily. They scored 102 points, leaving them well ahead of runnerup San Diego State (563/4) and third-place Wyoming .
San Diego State's Darla Vaughn, who won the 200-meter dash and the 55-meter hurdles and finished second in the 55-meter dash, was voted the female Athlete of the Meet.
Dorota Buczkowska, a sophomore, spearheaded BYU's victory with wins in the 800-meter run (2:15.99) and mile run (5:09.81). She also anchored BYU's winning two-mile relay team (9:28.88).
Willard Hirschi, BYU's men's coach, and Craig Poole, BYU's women's coach, both won Coach of the Year honors.
The University of Utah finished fifth in the men's team competition and seventh (last) in the women's competition. Utah's Traci Olsen won the high jump with a 5-foot-10 clearance. Teammate John Schiefer won the mile run in 4:14.51. Another Ute, Jason Brown, a freshman from Provo, was second in the 800 behind BYU's Russ Muir.
The featured event of the meet was the matchup between Fredericks and Olapade Adeniken, a junior from UTEP and Nigeria. Both sprinters were ranked among the top 10 in the world last year at 200 meters, and both traded wins against each other last season in photo finishes. But this time Fredericks was clearly the winner. Olapade was second in both races, with times of 6.22 in the 55 and 20.92 in the 200.
Other BYU winners: Dave Brannon led a 1-2-3 BYU finish in the pole vault, clearing 17-51/2; Dave Spence, a sophomore from Provo, won the 3,000-meter run in 8:41.62; Brooke Stanton and Laura Zaugg finished 1-2 in the women's 400-meter dash final.
Also, Patrick Mitchell, a sophomore football player at BYU who redshirted last season, was second in the 55-meter hurdles, in 7.55.