PROVO — The Brigham Young University men's and women's track and field teams wrapped up their seasons last weekend at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships with three All-Americans combined.

On the women's side, two of their three competitors at nationals finished with All-American honors. Cougar junior Angela Wagner finished in sixth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and senior Carlee Clark-Platt had a seventh-place finish in the 800-meter run.

"They did very well," said BYU women's head coach Craig Poole. "We are proud of them and the fact that they were All-American."

Wagner will return for her senior season and is poised to have a successful year after a great finish at national and this having been the first year she has competed in the steeplechase. Clark-Platt ends her successful career at BYU and she will now look forward to competing in the Olympic trials later on this month.

Poole says that the team has quite a few kids that have graduated but that a strong group of underclassmen teamed with a great recruiting class should put them back to their position as a championship caliber track program.

From the men's team it was sophomore Leif Arrhenius who finished fourth in the discus after going into the competition with the longest throw of the year. The six other men that competed in nationals came up just short of qualifying for finals.

"Leif did a great job in his first outdoor championships, he is going to be a great one," said BYU men's head coach Mark Robison. "I felt like our team had a good year, but we didn't finish out as strongly as we hoped. I thought we could have scored a few points at nationals."

While the team won its 11th conference championship in a row this year, Robison feels like the best is yet to come.

"I am very excited about the future of our team," he said. "We lose a few people but not a lot, and we are bringing in a few kids off missions and a few that are transferring. So I feel like next year's team will be one of the better teams we have had in the past 20 years or so."

MEN'S SOCCER: After going 1-1 last weekend, the BYU men's soccer team will play at Ogden today, at Spokane on Jun. 26 and at Cascade on Jun. 28. The Cougars will then return home to play the Ogden Outlaws on July 4 at 7:30 p.m.

DESERET FIRST DUEL CELEBRATION: The BYU Athletics Department gathered last week to celebrate its win in the first Deseret First Duel. The Cougars won the Deseret First Duel trophy with a 34-30 edge over the University of Utah. The competition includes 12 sports in which the two universities compete head to head during the regular season. The award will be put with the large granite trophy on the first floor of Legacy Hall in the Student Athlete Building. This year's competition came down to the final week of play when the BYU baseball team won two of the final three games of the season to secure the Cougars victory.


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