SAN DIEGO — A rain-shortened schedule did not prevent the BYU women’s track and field team from producing several personal-best marks at the first meet of the outdoor season Saturday.
“It rained so much that the drainage system on the track overflowed and caused some flooding in the competition area,” BYU head coach Patrick Shane said. “We did not get to compete as much as we wanted, but we still had some great performances and personal bests.”
Junior Allyson Anderson had the best performance of the day when she topped her javelin personal record by nearly three meters with a toss of 49.82m (163-05). She finished first in the event. Amber Huntington placed fourth with a throw of 43.28m (142-00).
Also setting a new personal record was sophomore Martha Shephard. Shephard placed eighth in the hammer throw with a toss of 53.17m (174-05).
In the pole vault, Rachel Fisher competed for the first time in over a year. Fisher led BYU with a third-place finish in the event with a vault of 3.87m (12-8.25). Diana McAllister Perry and Nicole Naatjes tied for sixth with a jump of 3.72m (12-2.50).
Taylor Stapley led the way in the high jump with a third-place finish with a mark of 1.65m (5-5.00). Ada Robinson placed sixth with a jump of 1.60m (5-3.00) and Diana Blauer took 11th with a leap of 1.55m (5-1.00).
“Taylor is really on a roll,” Shane said. “She performed great during the indoor season and is off to a good start here in outdoor.”
Melissa Keltner finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 5.57m (18-3.25).
BYU will head back to California on Friday to compete in the USC Invitational.
Taylor Wilson works for BYU Athletic Communications as a Sports Information Director for women's track and field. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.