Swedish hammer thrower Per Karlsson, making his outdoor debut as a feshman member of the BYU track and field team, uncorked a throw of 213-2 here Saturday afternoon to qualify for the NCAA championships to be held in Provo later this season.
The 210-pound hammer thrower posted the throw in the first event of the Sun Devil Invitational Meet, and the Cougars fared well throughout the non-scoring schedule of events. BYU athletes placed first in four events as they competed against teams from, Louisiana State, Arizona State, UTEP, Washington, Northern Arizona, Manhattan and Dartmouth.For the BYU women's team, Orem freshman Cathy James captured the discus event with a 162-5 throw and senior Goergia Palmer of Aurora placed first in the 800 with a time of 2:14.12.
Cougars placing second were Kelly Delph, long jump (19-23/4); Hui-Chen Lee, javelin (154-1); Nicole Rothey, 800 (2:16.18); and Nicole Birk of Alpine, 3000 (9:52.00).
Two freshmen on the men's team, Lane and Lance White of Mesa, Ariz., finished one-two in the pole vault at 16-101/4 and 16-21/2, respectively.
In another outstanding performance by a Cougar, hurdler Shawn McAlmont came within one-one hundreth of a second of qualifying in the 400-meter hurdles as he won the race in 50.86. The NCAA qualifying time is 50.85.
Senior distance runner Dave Chipman won the 5000-meter run in 14:26.6.
Russ Muir, a junior from Sandy, won his heat in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:51.81.
BYU Coach Willard Hirschi elected to run sprint star Frank Fredericks in the 400 only rather than the 100 or the 200-meters. Running his first 400, the sophomore from Namibia came in second with a time of 46.28, just eight-hundreths of a second off the NCAA qualifying time.
In the triple jump, BYU finished second, third and fourth as Dave Baldwin leaped 47-111/4; Brent Brown, 46-6; and Brian Humphreys, 46-11/2.
In the steeplechase, BYU's Paul Rosser placed second in 9:15.18, and teammate Chris Yogers finished fifth in 9:23.85.
The Cougars are at Louisiana State this week.