As expected, BYU's track and field team dominated its own invitational meet Saturday afternoon in Provo.
Frank Fredericks ran a blazing wind-aided 200-meter dash, Lane White qualified for nationals in the pole vault and Shaun McAlmont ran away from a loaded field in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles.When the team scores were tallied (perhaps unnecessarily), BYU's men's team had totaled 113 points, followed by Utah State (58), Weber State (52), Utah (41), Montana (26) and Southern Utah State (3). And BYU was without two of its best athletes, Russ Muir and Per Karlsson, who were sidelined with injuries.
The women's competition was an even bigger rout: BYU won all but three events while competing against Utah and Southern Utah State. Mercifully, no team scores were kept.
The best performances of the day probably belonged to Fredericks and McAlmont. Fredericks, who skipped the 100-meter dash, ran a windy 20.16, which would have smashed his school record of 20.57 if not for an illegal wind aid. Wind aid or no, Coach Willard Hirschi called Fredericks' race "fantastic."
The wind aided Fredericks, but in most events it actually hindered performances. Nevertheless, McAlmont, a senior from Canada, clocked a fine 51.16 in the intermediate hurdles. The only race was for second place, and the next four finishers all finished within .33 of each other. BYU's Kelly Murdock clocked 52.01 to take second, Utah's Jeff Brown was third in 52.32, Utah's Eric Chesley, the two-time Western Athletic Conference champion, was fourth in 52.27 and Weber's Dave Chowen was fifth in 52.34.
Earlier in the day McAlmont led a 1-2-3 BYU sweep in the 110-meter high hurdles with a wind-aided time of 14.04.
The day's other brilliant performance belonged to White, a freshman from Arizona who scaled 17-6 1/2 in the pole vault - which qualifies him for the NCAA Championships. White then attempted to clear 18 feet, and had one close miss. White's twin brother, Lance, was second, clearing 16 feet.
It wasn't all BYU. USU's Craig Carter won both the hammer and shot put, with marks of 197-0 and 53-3, respectively. Teammate Brent Smith won the javelin, at 207-5.
Weber State's Kris Cary won the steeplchase, producing a fine altitude time of 9:01.05. His chief steeplechase rival, Ted Mecham, who finished second in last year's NCAA championships, ran the 1,500 instead, winning in 3:54.53.
On the women's side, BYU's Hui Chen Lee won the javelin with a heave of 171-3, which also surpassed the NCAA qualifying mark. Teammate Cathy James, a freshman from Orem, won the discus, with a mark of 162-6.
Sue Christensen, a senior from Salt Lake City, won the 100-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 14.06.
In one of the three events BYU didn't win, Utah's Brenda Alcorn, the defending High Country Athletic Conference high jump champ, won the high jump with a leap of 5-10. BYU's Chris Wilson, rebounding from a bout with mono, also cleared 5-10 but lost on misses.