BYU track and field will send only six athletes to compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational in Notre Dame, Indiana, on Saturday, Feb. 17. This will be the final meet of the indoor track regular season before the start of conference championships.
“It is like a seek and destroy mission,” said head coach Ed Eyestone. “They’re going to go and do what they need to do in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Then they’ll come back and get ready for the MPSF Championships.”
Abraham Alvarado will make the trip to compete in the 800m in an attempt to solidify his NCAA qualification. Athletes need to finish with one of the top-16 marks in the nation to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships, and Alvarado currently holds the seventh-best time in the 800m (1:47.98).
Eyestone believes Alvarado is already in a good position to qualify for the NCAA Championships but still expects him to finish with a faster time to strengthen his position.
The women’s DMR team currently holds the 13th-best time nationwide and will try to boost its qualifying position. Ashleigh Warner will start the relay off in the 1,200m leg and hand off the baton to Brenna Porter for the 400m leg. Kristi Rush-Briggs will receive the baton for the 800m leg, while Whittni Orton will run anchor in the 1,600m.
Eyestone expects the DMR team, barring any unexpected mistakes, to finish with a faster time than its current 11:18.93.
Cassidy Pinnock is the sixth Cougar to compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational. Pinnock will compete in the 400m and try to beat her career-best 56.07.
BYU will also send pole vaulters Sierra Hansen, Kylee Trageser and Elise Machen-Romney to compete in the Air Force Collegiate Open in Colorado Springs on Friday, Feb. 16.
The Alex Wilson Invitational begins at 11 a.m. EST, at the Loftus Sports Center. Follow BYU track and field on Twitter @BYUTFXC to keep up on the action.