For the second straight year, BYU doubled its pleasure at the WAC Indoor Track Championships in Colorado Springs Saturday, sweeping the women's and men's titles.
The Cougar women scored a whopping 183.5 points, easily outdistancing second-place Fresno State, and the Cougar men posted a score of 149.5, more than 65 points better than its closest competitor, Colorado State. Depth spelled the difference for both BYU teams.It marked the 10th straight indoor title for the BYU men, guided by coach Willard Hirschi. The Y. women captured their seventh title under coach Craig Poole.
While the BYU women, ranked No. 1 by the U.S. Track Coaches Association, was expected to dominate this year, the BYU's men's championship was not a sure thing. Hirschi said he had been waiting all year for his team, which has battled seasonlong injuries, to perform like it did this weekend. Going into the championships, BYU did not have a pre-meet leader in any event.
Leading the way for the Cougars was senior Felix Andam, who took the men's 55-meter dash with a time of 6.06. His brother, Kenneth, a freshman, won the long jump on Friday. BYU's other winner on Saturday was Clayton Patch in the 400 meters (46.75).
In other events, Steven Barrus was third in the 3,000-meters; Randall Himes and Kirk Sweetnam finished 2-3 in the 55-meter high hurdles; Neil Jensen was third in the pole vault; Marek Samseli placed second in the triple jump; and freshman Daniel Arrhenius was the runner-up in the shot put.
The BYU women boasted five winners on Saturday. Treva Bryant won the 800-meter run (2:11.16); Tara Haynes took the mile run (5:02.67), followed by teammate Lindsay Jones (5:03.01); Emily Nay was victorious in the 3,000-meter run (10.16.6); Caisa Monahan outraced the field in the 5,000-meter run (16:37.90); and Kristel Berendsen won the triple jump (44-1/2). The Cougars also claimed the women's distance relay in 12.11.69.
Utah's women's team, meanwhile, tied for seventh with 34 points, and the Ute men placed 11th with 16 points. Highlighting the Ute women's performance was Stacey Rhineer's second in the triple jump.