BYU junior Alicia Brimhall entered the NCAA championships as the 16th seed in the heptathlon, she came out with a fourth-place finish, a personal best of 5,524 points and an All-America designation. In the shot put, junior Amy Christiansen went in as the fourth seed and finished fourth with a throw of 55-3.5 to grab the sixth All-America designation of her career.
"Alicia had just an outstanding meet," said coach Craig Poole. "We're really, really proud of her."And Amy was just one centimeter out of third place, (behind South Carolina's Crystal Brownlee, 55-3.75), so we're very happy with her performance as well."
The heptathlon was won by Purdue's Corissa Yasen with a score of 5,765 points. Teri Steer of SMU won the shot put (59-0).
In the 1500m semifinals, Ashley Monohan finished fifth (4:25.27) and Maggie Chan seventh (4:26.18) in their heat. They were 13th and 15th overall, and did not qualify for the finals.
The meet continues Friday and Saturday, with more Cougars going for NCAA honors.
Southern Utah University's Ted Hansen finished ninth with his time of 9:12.00 in a heat of ten athletes Wednesday night at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., in the men's NCAA national 3000-meter steeplechase.
The steeplechase trials consisted of two heats with 10 athletes in each heat. In order to qualify to compete in the final on Friday night, Hansen needed to finish in the top four of his heat or have one of the next best four times.
The Layton native is only a sophomore and has two seasons of competition remaining. Hansen qualified for nationals with his 8:49.8 finish April 19 at the Mt. Sac Relays. Hansen's time is also a SUU school record and shattered previous record holder Jim Kearns' time of 9:09.18, which he set back in 1978.