Colorado State's Shelly Borrman and SMU's Daniel Gustafsson set new Western Athletic Conference meet records in the women's discus and men's javelin to highlight competition Friday at the WAC track and field championships in Houston.
Borrman bested her competition by more than 20 feet with her winning toss of 193'1", while Gustafsson was more than 30 feet ahead of second place in the javelin with his winning effort of 255'8".Borrman opened up competition with a heave of 58.14 meters (190'9"), breaking the existing WAC record of 190'4" by Fresno State's Staci Darden set in 1995, and also establishing a new WAC championship meet record and Rice Track Stadium record. In the third round, the senior from Fort Collins, Colo., improved her best to 193'1" (58.86 meters).
"Today was definitely my day," said Borrman. "Previously, my personal best was 188'1", so to open up with a P.R. was incredible."
Gustafsson easily won his second straight WAC javelin competition, opening up with a throw of 226'0", a throw that was more than three feet better than teammate Torsten Sippel's second-place mark of 222'8". In his second round, the junior from Sollebrunn, Sweden improved to 247'8", setting a new meet record. And on his final throw, with the victory in hand, Gustafsson uncorked a personal-best throw of 77.94 meters.
"I had been out here since 2 pm and I was really tired," said Gustafsson after the event. "After I fouled in the fifth round, my coach called me over and worked on jacking me up for the final throw. I'm really pleased with the p.r. My goal coming in was only 75 meters. Now the goal is to win the NCAA's in a couple of weeks."
In the team competition, BYU's women have all but wrapped up their eighth consecutive team title. The Cougars are in first with 114 points heading into Saturday's final day of competition. Well back in second place is SMU with 31 points, followed by Colorado State in third at 27 points. The Cougars also lead in the number of qualifiers into Saturday's finals with 13.
BYU assistant coach Patrick Shane was pleased with his team's showing. "It's never in the bag until all the points are totaled but we're right on schedule," said Shane, who coaches the distance runners. BYU's loaded distance crew went 1-2-3-5-7 in the 3000 meters led by sophomore Courtney Meldrum who captured her fifth individual WAC title with a time of 9:37.60.
The men's team competition is shaping up as a three-team race between Brigham Young, Fresno State and TCU. The Cougars and Horned Frogs each have qualified 11 athletes into Saturday's finals. Fresno State has just six qualifiers but currently leads in the team competition with 57 points through eight events. SMU, which had three individual men's champions on Friday, is second with 48, followed by Wyoming in third at 40 and BYU in fourth at 381/2.
"We're not leading," said BYU men's coach Williard Hirschi, "but we're about where we figured we'd be. Tomorrow we need to have a slightly better day but I do think we've got a good chance." The BYU men last won the conference outdoor meet in 1995.