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COUGARS RUN AWAY WITH BIG HOME WIN OVER IN-STATE RIVALS
OUTPACE CLOSEST COMPETITOR BY 90 POINTS

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OUTPACE CLOSEST COMPETITOR BY 90 POINTS

Look, up in the air! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's just the little ol' BYU Men's Track and Field Team.

The BYU men literally ran faster, jumped higher and threw farther than the rest of the competition at the BYU Invitational Saturday, which may have left their opponents wondering if even kryptonite could stop their juggernaut.The only thing the Cougars couldn't do was run faster than a locomotive or leap tall buildings in a single bound, since they were still biting the bullet for last week's stinging loss at the Weber State Invitational.

Revenge seemed to be certainly in the Cougar men's minds, as they crushed the Weber State and University of Utah track and field teams in the field events and cruised through the tracks events, easily outpacing nearest competitor the U of U by more than 90 points.

Though Weber and the U. only brought half squads to the meet, it looked doubtful whether full squads would have come any closer to the Cougars. Besides, BYU's squad was hardly up to full complement at the Weber meet, Cougar Head Coach Willard Hirschi said.

"Sure, we were smarting from injuries and the whole team wasn't there - we were holding some guys out - but that's no excuse. We just got beaten."

Since the Cougar team has put in good performances elsewhere around the country (including Tempe, Ariz. and the University of California-Irvine), the team needs to compete in-state to get fan support, Hirschi said.

Also, though the U of Weber coaches might have wished it otherwise, the Cougars were obligated to score the meet for NCAA regulations, he said.

"In the past we haven't scored them, but we need to show the NCAA."

BYU's Per Karlsson (in the hammer) and 4x100 meter relay team (made up of Frank Fredericks, Oluyemi Kayode, Eric Hughes and Eric Akogyiram) both qualified for the NCAA Track and Field Competitions, with the relay team actually improving on their provisional qualifying time.

"By gauging on NCAA qualifying for a standard of excellence, and it is probably the best measurement of that standard, I'd have to say that bunch performed the best today," he said.

In addition, Hirschi was singing the praises of such unknowns as Mark Johansen, who turned in a surprisingly strong performance in only his third-ever 3,000-meter steeplechase, and of basketball star Marty Haws and Cougar running back Stacey Corley.

"Mark had to basically go it alone (since the Cougars starting steeplechasers are elsewhere), and he ran a super race. I'm also proud of our dual athletes, who got done with their other sports and really helped in a big way."

Haws and Corley both ran for BYU's "B" 4x100 relay team, which finished second to the Fredericks-Kayode-Hughes-Akogyiram machine.

Hirschi said he was also impressed by the efforts of Rod Fuhriman (who won the 1,500-meters) and Shaun McAlmont (running in his first 110-meter hurdles race of the year, and slightly injured to boot), who both won their races by the closest of margins.

The very closest competition was in the high jump, where BYU's Lance Greer tied Weber's Colby Gray and Doug Fullmer - as well as teammate Scott Moon - at 7 feet and one-half inch, but won on the virtue of having done it in an earlier round.

The Utes did shine at two events, though. In the 400-meter hurdles, their Jeff Brown, Scott Urban and Rod Mathew finished first, third and fourth, respectively - actually shutting the Cougars out of an event - and Clay Singley and Mark Taylor finished first and third in the javelin.

For the Wildcats, Terry Kealamakia finished a very close second to the Cougars' McAlmont in the 110-m hurdles (by .03 seconds, to be exact), and their Scott Douglas and Kelly Carnich finished second and third to the Cougars' Fredericks in the 400-meters.

Overall, Hirschi said he was proud of the team's performance. "We're still a little hurting and we managed to do this well against some good competition. We're competing very consistently in every events, especially since we're tough in most events."