COLLEGE STATION, Texas — On the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the No. 5 Cougars brought home national championships in not one, but two events.
Senior Leif Arrhenius surpassed his lifetime best to win an individual title in the shot put with a mark of 19.92m (65-04.25). Arrhenius earns First Team All-American and will also compete in the weight throw on Saturday.
"It was unbelievable how well he threw," head coach Mark Robison said. "It was the throw of a lifetime."
The men's distance medley relay team set a new facility record with a time of 9:29.28 to win the national title and earn first team All-American honors. The time also breaks the BYU record by over four seconds. Senior Brian Weirich led off with a 2:57.28 split in the 1200m, junior Chris Carter ran the 400m in 47.83, junior Justin Hedin took the 800m in 1:48.05 and junior Miles Batty finished the mile with a 3:56.14 to seal the win.
Junior Ada Robinson earned first team All-American honors on day one of the NCAA National Championships, clearing 1.84m (6-0.50) to place fifth overall.
"Ada (Robinson) had a great day today," head coach Patrick Shane said. "She ... jumped really, really well."