Eight Utah collegians have qualified to compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend in Indianapolis.
BYU has five qualifiers, Utah State two and Weber State one.BYU's qualifiers are Lane White, a freshman from Phoenix who has scaled 17-33/4 in the pole vault; Russ Muir, a junior from Sandy who has clocked 1:50.33 in the 800-meter run; Per Karlsson, a sophomore from Sweden who has the nation's best mark in the 35-pound weight throw, a school-record 66-4; Frank Fredericks, a sophomore from Namibia who has qualified in the 55- and 200-meter dashes with respective times of 6.17 and 21.21; and Christy Opara, a freshman from Nigeria who qualified in the 55-meter dash with a school-record time of 6.88 and the long jump with another school-record mark of 20-6.
BYU also qualified two other athletes for the meet, but high jumper Chris Wilson has elected instead to compete in the regional diving championships this weekend and sprinter John Miles-Mills reportedly has dropped out of school.
Utah State's qualifiers are Craig Carter and Ime Akpan. Carter, a junior from Clearfield, qualified in the weight throw with a mark of 61-03/4. Akpan, a freshman from Nigeria, qualified in the 55-meter hurdles with a 7.89 clocking.
Weber State's lone representative will be Dave Andreasen, a senior from Murray who qualified in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:19.04 (at altitude), which is also an indoor school record.