PROVO — The Brigham Young University track and field teams continue to mourn their friend and teammate Chelsi Petersen after last Friday's tragic accident in which she was killed and former Cougar runner Paul Smith was seriously injured.

Petersen, a freshman, had recently finished seventh in the heptathlon at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Her funeral will be on Saturday in Petersen's hometown of St. George.

"There will be a pretty large contingent of team members that are going to make the trip to St. George," said BYU men's head coach Mark Robison. "It will be a great opportunity to honor her life after the tragic accident that took place."

Much of the team has dismantled for the summer, but a large group of them will be coming together for the funeral services.

The week will be extremely busy for 10 BYU athletes who will make the trip to Des Moines, Iowa, for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will get started on Wednesday.

Seven Cougars from the men's team and three from the women's qualified for the season-ending meet. BYU's Leif Arrhenius will go into the meet ranked first in the discus as he holds the longest throw in the nation this season.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: The BYU women's soccer team recently returned home from a 12-day trip to France and Italy where they competed against four European teams and won each of their matches. BYU beat Issy les Mouylineaux 1-0, A.S. Caciosmania 8-1, G.S. Roman Femminile 2-0 and Regiana Femminile 3-0. Aside from facing talented competition, the team also enjoyed touring many historical sites in Paris, Rome and Venice, including the Palace of Versailles, the Coliseum and the Eiffel Tower. The Cougars will now have some time off until summer workouts begin on Aug. 6.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: The BYU women's tennis team was ranked No. 1 by the Tennis Recruiting Network in their Top 25 Mid-Major Women's Recruiting Classes for 2008. Head coach Craig Manning has already inked four strong commitments for 2008-09. One of the commits, McCall Jones, reached the quarterfinals of the Easter Bowl this past April in both singles and doubles. Megan Price, who will graduate in November and enrolled at BYU in January, is one of Australia's top juniors in singles as well as an established doubles player. The Cougars also got a pair of in-state recruits in Juan Diego's Romina Nedakovic and Kourtney Young from West Jordan.


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