Since the BYU men's and women's track teams are ranked third, respectively, in their national dual meet rankings, it came as no surprise the two Cougar squads easily outdistanced their eight competitors at the annual BYU Invitational Friday and Saturday.

In the process, in their first home meet of the season, both Cougar teams proved they plan to contend for NCAA titles later this spring."We had some excellent performances today," said men's coach Willard Hirschi. "We have a good group. If we get any better, we'll be scary."

"We're on schedule," said women's coach Craig Poole. "We're just trying to qualify enough people to have a chance to have depth against the sprint-power schools like Louisiana State and Texas."

Leading the way for the Cougar women at the BYU Invitational was Amy Christensen Palmer, who won the hammer throw (216-4) and the discus (167).

Sprint star Tiffany Lott had a time of 13:36 in the 100-meter hurdles. Lindsay Jones won both the 800 meters (2:06.63) and 1500 meters (4:29.34) while Kristel Berendsen placed first in the triple jump (42-063/4).

"It was a good meet," said Poole. "The kids did well. This is the best balanced group we've been able to put together."

For the men, Leonard Miles-Mills won the 100 meters, clocking in at 10.32 and freshman Mao Tjiroze raced to a 1.49.88 time in the 800 meters. Mark Chen took the high jump with a leap of 7-33/4.

Other Cougars who shined this weekend include Clayton Patch in the 200 meters, Matt Poulsen in the 1500 meters, Kirk Sweetname in the high hurdles and Erik Sorensen in the intermediate hurdles.

Final women's team scores - BYU 298, Utah State 129, Weber State 101, Ricks College 67, Wyoming 60, Northern Colorado 40, Utah 36, UVSC 13, Southern Utah 11.

Final men's scores - BYU 259, Weber State 144, Utah State 106, Northern Colorado 64, Wyoming 55, Ricks College 55, UVSC 17, Utah 16.