The University of Texas-El Paso fended off Brigham Young to capture the Western Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships at the Air Force Academy on Saturday.
UTEP finished with 149.5 points, followed by BYU, 127; San Diego State, 50; Utah, 39; Air Force, 36; New Mexico, 33; Colorado State, 31.5; and Wyoming, 30."Today we performed very well," said BYU Coach Willard Hirschi, "but we didn't perform very well Friday in the trials. Frank Fredericks was sensational."
Fredericks won the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes, and finished second in the long jump, despite it being his first long-jump attempt in two years, Hirschi said.
Other winners for BYU were Russ Muir in the 800, Ted Mecham in the mile and Per Karlsson in the 35-pound weight.
UTEP took advantage of a strong 3,000-meter race, won by the Miners' Tim Kamili, to wrap up the championship. The Miners' Epifanio Solis and David Medlin took third and fourth places, respectively, in the 3,000-meter race.
UTEP Coach Bob Kitchens was named WAC coach of the year.