PROVO The Brigham Young University men's track and field team won its 11th straight conference title last weekend at the 2008 MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Fort Worth, Texas.
The women's team also fought of several teams in order to finish in second place among conference foes.
"We had a lot of really outstanding performances," said men's coach Mark Robison. "I was really pleased with how the team ran. We had a few things that weren't as good as we hoped, but it was the typical conference championship when you talk about the drama and people pulling out great performances."
In all, the men won five individual titles, two of which belong to sophomore Leif Arrhenius, who was named the meet's top athlete for winning both the shot put and discus and finishing second in the hammer throw. Arrhenius' performance scored him 28 of the Cougars' 210 points.
"Leif was unbelievable," said Robison. "He had a lifetime best in the hammer and ended up in second place. Then he wins shotput and had a guy ahead of him by 10 feet in the discus until Leif had his last throw of competition and surpassed him."
The BYU women finished with three individual champions. Freshman Katie Palmer won the 800 meters, junior Angela Wagner won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and senior Carlee Platt came away with the 1,500 meters crown.
The teams will now prepare for NCAA Regionals, which will take place on May 30 and 31.
SOFTBALL: The BYU women's softball team closed its 2008 season after falling to No. 23 Georgia 4-0 in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional Championship. The Cougars (44-20) have now fallen in the Regional Championship game for the past two years. BYU started out the regional by beating No. 13 North Carolina on Thursday, and then on Friday they suffered their first loss of the regional to Georgia. Later on in the day the Cougars beat Campbell 1-0 in order to put them in Saturday's championship.
LACROSSE: The Cougar lacrosse team beat Boston College in the opening game of the lacrosse tournament and went on to beat Simon Fraser in quarterfinals 10-9. But the Cougars lost to Michigan 11-7 in the semifinals to end their season.
BASEBALL: The baseball team had a successful series against Utah last weekend to close out the regular season. The Cougars dropped the first game of the three-game series by a score of 3-5. But on Friday they fired back and beat the Utes 15-2. But on Saturday the Cougars trailed 10-0 after seven innings and somehow clawed their way back into the game. They got a 12-run eighth inning and added another in the ninth to beat Utah 13-10.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: BYU's Anastasia Surkova was honored by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association last week when she was announced as the Senior Player of the Year in the Central Region. Surkova, a Russian native had a 15-9 singles record this season and earned a No. 62 national ranking. During the season Surkova upset No. 23 Gira Schofield of South Carolina and No. 31 Elena Gantcheva of UNLV and was 6-1 in conference play. Surkova also teamed up with fellow senior Jennifer Miccoli in doubles matches for a 15-9 record as the No. 1 duo for the Cougars.
MEN'S SOCCER: The Cougars played their first home games last weekend and in both efforts they came away with a victory. On Friday they beat the Cascade Surge 5-1 and on Saturday they beat the Spokane Spiders 2-1.
Men's Soccer: at Yakima Reds on Friday; at Tacoma Tide on Saturday.
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