INDOOR TRACK & FIELD: BYU's men's and women's teams are running away with the 1998 WAC indoor track championships in Colorado Springs after two days of competition.
Going into the final day of action this afternoon, the Cougar women, who shattered a pair of conference records on Friday, hold a commanding 70-37 advantage over second place Fresno State. The men enjoy a 47-32 lead over their nearest competitor, which also happens to be Fresno State. As for Utah, the women are sitting in fifth place while the Ute men are in ninth.
On Friday, the Cougar women won three events, including Amy Christiansen's WAC indoor record of 66-07 in the weight throw, breaking the record she had previously set of 65-09.
Caisa Monahan also broke an WAC mark in the 5000 meters with a time of 16:37. Meanwhile, sophomore Kristel Berendsen took the long jump (19-11) while teammate Marsha Mark (19-8) finished second. Utah's Stacey Rhineer (18-06) finished fourth in that event.
In men's action, freshman Kenneth Andam posted a 25-02 in the long jump, good for first place, and sophomore Matt Poulson's 15:20 in the 5000 meters. Utah's Dane Miller placed fourth in the 5000 with a time of 15:55.
On Thursday's pentathlon action, both BYU teams made strong showings. For the women, Mark claimed the crown and Kristin McQuade placed second. For the men, sophomore Kyle Grossarth was second behind Rice's Rashad Stafford. Cougar Eric Crow came in fourth.
Included in today's finals are in the men's and women's 55-meter dash, 200-meter dash, mile run, 55-meter hurdles and 800-meter run.
The Cougar women and men are defending WAC champions.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: It was a clean sweep for the 14th-ranked Cougar women, who picked up a 9-0 victory over Texas A & M on Friday. The win improves BYU's record to 7-1 in dual match play.
Four of the six singles matches were won in two sets.
BASEBALL: Brent Howes hit a bases-clearing double in the 10th inning and caught the final Friday out to lift BYU to a 13-8 victory over Mesa State College. The Cougars stranded 19 runners on base, while Mesa's Mavericks left 15 in the cold.
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The Cougars will be at home this week for a match Saturday night with San Diego State. The match will be at 7 p.m. at the Smith Fieldhouse.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Brittany Harlan, Jennie Christianson and Amber Anderson, all local Utah players, are among six players signing letters of intent to play for the Cougars next season.
Harlan is from Viewmont High, Christianson is from Bingham High while Anderson comes from Brighton High.
Aurelin Weidner and Sarah Higham are both from Mission Viejo, Calif. Donna Werts, from Portland, Ore., rounds out this year's new soccer signees.