Weber State, which dollar for dollar might have one of the best track and field programs in the country, is off to a good start this spring. The Wildcats have already produced a number of good early-season performances, many of them by home-grown athletes.

Rob Christensen, a senior from American Fork, has clocked a fast 1:50.21 in the 800-meter run.Nathan Kennedy, a junior from Evanston, Wyo., has clocked 1:52.17 in the 800, 3:44.61 in the 1,500 meters and 8:46.14 in the steeplechase. The 1,500 time is an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. His steeplechase time is believed to be the fastest in the nation this year.

Brandon Stock, a senior from Bountiful, has clocked times of 10.67 and 21.82 in the sprints.

As usual, coach Chick Hislop, who served as a U.S. Olympic coach last summer, has a stable of good steeplechasers. Besides Kennedy, Matt Harmer has run 9:01.21, Damon Chamberlain 9:05.24 and Mark Jolley 9:09.04. Harmer, an Olympus High grad, also has run 14:33.58 in the 5,000.

Weber State's women have been equally impressive. Jen Johnstun, a Weber High grad, has successfully combined middle-distance running (a 2:11.04 800 this season) with high jumping (a school record-tying 6 feet, which will qualify her for nationals).

Freddie Salahuddin, a junior from Tooele, covered 100 meters in 11.87, just .02 off her sister Humrie's school record. Salahuddin won the 400 in the Stanford Invitational with a time of 54.49.

Weber women's coach Jim Blaisdell is high on Kelly Felsted, a freshman from Davis High who already has run good times in the 800 (2:12.74), 1,500 (4:32.87) and 3,000 (9:57.51).

Rosie Gardner, who was the top prep distance runner in the nation for East High a few years ago, has transferred from Oregon to Weber State. She has run 4:34.21 in the 1,500 and 9:50.96 in the 3,000.

BYU UPDATE: Windy Jorgensen placed second in the 100-meter dash at an Arizona State invitational last weekend. Her time of 11.76 left her just .01 behind Miesha McKelvey of SDSU.

In the same meet, Kristel Berendsen won the long jump with a 19-9, and Caroline Avbovbede took third in the 400 dash in 54.60.

Eric Sorenson was third in both the 200 (21.85) and the intermediate hurdles (52.75), and Erik Lundmark was third in the high jump (6-8). Neil Jensen and Matt McCauley tied for fourth in the pole vault at 16-03/4.

MISCELLANEOUS: Ed Eyestone, Layton's two-time Olympic marathoner, won't run the Boston Marathon after all. A lingering case of bronchitis, plus a training accident (he fell and injured a knee) has left him short of peak condition. He might run the Pittsburgh Marathon instead. . . . Many of the state's top track and field athletes will compete at an invitational meet at Utah State on Saturday. BYU has sent a small squad of women to the Texas Relays.