PROVO — The No. 5 BYU men's track and field team won the 2008 Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships last weekend.

"We had a very good competition; the kids really did what we had hoped for," said men's head coach Mark Robison. "We had some outstanding performances and we have some kids that had personal bests."

BYU's Kyle Perry won the mile and Keith Jensen won the 800 meters Saturday, while Cougar winners Friday included Justin Palmer in the heptathlon and Bryce Bergen in the high jump. Robison was also honored as co-MWC coach of the year.

"It is always an honor to be recognized," sad Robison. "But it is really a recognition of our staff and that is the way it should be. We have got one of the best staffs in the conference and I believe in the nation."

The BYU women finished third, behind TCU and Colorado State. BYU's Angela Wagner won the women's mile and later in the day finished second in the women's 3,000 meters. Carlee Clark-Platt led the first-through-fourth Cougar sweep in the women's 800, then she joined Anna Sperry, Jenna Lowder and Stacy Slight to give BYU the title in the women's distance medley.

The Cougars will have several athletes at this weekend's Notre Dame Last Chance Invitational, trying to qualify for nationals.

Robison said he is amazed by how competitive the field is going into the NCAA Championships, noting that many athletes this year are in lower positions then their times would have put them in year's past.

"I don't know it is a weird year and most of the events are just incredible," he said. "I am in awe of how fast things are right now."

SWIMMING AND DIVING: The 2008 Mountain West championships ended just as they did a year earlier, with the Cougar women taking home a championship and the men finishing second behind UNLV.

BYU senior Angela Goodson-Price won the 200-yard butterfly for the second straight year, finishing with a time of 2 minutes, 1.39 seconds. Gregor Greiner led the men by finishing in second place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.53.

Yearlong individual awards were also given out — BYU diver Tawni Jones was named the Female Diver of the Year and women's coach Keith Russell was named the women's Diving Coach of the Year.

BASEBALL: After winning its home opener, BYU slumped into a five-loss skid, including three losses at Gonzaga before the Cougars finally trumped the Bulldogs 13-9 on their last weekend game. The Cougars got a pair of three-run homers from Steve Parker and Kasey Ko to break out of the slump and improve their record to 2-5.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: The Cougars improved their record to 7-6 this weekend by squeaking out a victory against Nevada Friday and then sweeping Kansas on Saturday.

Friday's match was tied 3-3 until the last event, when freshman Elizaveta Ezhova rallied to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the team victory. The Cougars won every match Saturday against the Jayhawks.

MEN'S TENNIS: BYU (6-5) struggled on the road in Arizona — dropping a lopsided 7-0 match at Arizona State Friday and then falling 4-2 against the University of Arizona Saturday afternoon.

SOFTBALL: The Cougar softball team went 2-2 at last weekend's Wilson/Demarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz..

BYU swept opening-day games with close wins against Drake and Creighton. But on Saturday, Creighton got its revenge by winning 10-1, and the Cougars also fell to No. 2 ranked Arizona State.

LACROSSE: The Cougars' 13-game home winning streak was broken Saturday, as the Michigan Wolverines used a strong third quarter to pull away for the 12-9 victory — their first ever in Provo.

RUGBY: The Cougars struggled in a lopsided 68-12 loss to the Denver Barbarians, a men's Super League team during a game in Grand Junction, Colo., on Saturday afternoon. The young Cougars were schooled by the experienced Barbarians, who feature six current or former USA national team players.

HOCKEY: BYU struggled against Utah Valley State this weekend and suffered a 7-3 loss at the hands of the Wolverines.

On tap

GYMNASTICS: vs. Southern Utah, Friday, 7 p.m.

MEN'S TENNIS: vs. Cal Poly, Friday, noon; vs. Montana State, Friday, 5:30 p.m.

HOCKEY: vs. Utah, Friday, 8:30 p.m.

RUGBY: vs. Utah, Saturday, 1 p.m.

LACROSSE: vs. Michigan State, Saturday, 1 p.m.

BASEBALL: at River City Classic — Thursday vs. San Jose State and Sacramento State; Friday vs. Utah Valley State; Saturday vs. UC Davis.

SOFTBALL: at Texas A&M Tournament — Thursday vs. Texas A&M; Friday vs. Illinois and Texas A&M; Saturday vs. Illinois and Louisiana Lafayette.

TRACK AND FIELD: at Notre Dame Last Chance, Friday and Saturday.

WOMEN'S GOLF: at UNLV Spring Tournament, Mar. 10-12.


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