Five members of 1997 WAC champion BYU women's track team will compete this week at the USA Championships in Indianapolis. All-American Tiffany Lott will vie for a position on the U.S. national team in the javelin and the 100-meter hurdles. The national team will represent the country at the World Championships and the World University Games.
Other BYU participants are Dixie Williams in the 400-meter hurdles; Elizabeth Jackson and Lynette Jorgensen in the steeple chase; and Windy Jorgensen in the 100-meters.In addition, BYU redshirt Amy Chistiansen will participate unattached in the hammer and the shot put and graduate Melissa Teemant will also be in the steeplechase.
Competition will be held through Saturday. The top three in each event will qualify for the USA team for the World Championships.
The BYU women's track team finished eighth at the NCAA championships held June 4th through 7th at the University of Indiana, scoring 25 points.
"We set a goal of making the national top 10 and we made it," Coach Craig Poole said. "It's our second-highest finish ever."
In the NCAA competition, Lott won the heptathlon title scoring 6211 points. She also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 12.97. Ashley Monahan was ninth in the 1500-meters (4:20.20). Shauna Rohbock finished eighth in the heptathlon (5,404) and Marsha Mark placed ninth (5,372).
Maggie Chan finished sixth in the 3,000 meters (9:14.90) and Kristel Berendsen was 15th in the triple-jump (40- 10.50). Lott finished fourth in the javelin with a throw of 175-04.
The BYU women's team won the WAC championships at San Diego in late May, scoring 234 points, easily out-distancing the field with Fresno State second at 80 points. Tiffany Lott, winner of the heptathlon and the 100-meter hurdles, was named athlete of the meet scoring 44 points. Kristel Berendsen won both the long jump and the triple jump and she was named WAC freshman of the year. Coach Craig Poole won the coach of the year honor.