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BYU Cougars: Cougars come up with strong showing in track/field meet

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Just one day after watching snow make participating in the decathlon and heptathlon extremely difficult, BYU coach Mark Robison couldn't have asked for much better weather Friday.

With clear blue skies and a temperature hovering just under 60 degrees for the third day of the Robison Invitational, Robison watched his Cougars collect seven first place finishes.

"I'm just hoping we have this weather (again) tomorrow," Robison said.

The Cougars took first in the women's javelin throw, the men's javelin throw, the men's pole vault, the men's discus throw, the women's 1,500-meter run, the women's 400-meter dash and the women's 800-meter run.

The Cougars also had athletes place second in nine events.

"We had some good performances in the mile, the intermediate hurdles looked good and in the discuss, some kids had some seasonal bests," Robison said.

Sophomore Kyle Perry, junior Jacob Gustafsson, senior Tyrel Jensen, junior Stephan Shay and senior Dustin Bybee took second through six respectively in the mile with times ranging from 4:08.38 to 4:12.62.

Leif Arrhenius and sophomore Dustin Lawrenson took first and second in the discuss with marks of 193-04 and 173-06 respectively. Both marks were regional qualifiers.

On the girls side, sophomore Stacy Slight and senior Carlee Clark-Platt took first and second for the Cougars in the 800-meter run with times of 2:07.86 and 2:08.36 respectively. Both those marks were regional qualifiers as well.

Barton County Community College, located in Great Bend, Ks, also had a strong showing at the invitational, which had teams from 11 different colleges and universities.

The Barton County Cougars notched four first place and seven second place finishes. Both second only to BYU.

Possibly the most impressive event for Barton County was the men's 400-meter dash where the Cougars swept the top-five, all with freshmen. DreDame Carter won the event with a time of 47.15 while Andre Dawson and Tabarie Henry finished second and third just a few hundredths behind. Henry also took first in the 200-meter dash.

As far as the other Utah schools that participated Friday, Weber State was the most solid, scoring three first place and three second place victories.

Junior Jace Nye won the men's 800-meter run, freshman Eric Bailey won the men's 400-meter hurdles and sophomore Steve Shepherd won the men's 1-mile run.

Other teams that had first place finishes were Idaho State, Utah Valley and Southern Utah.

Boise State, Utah State, the Air Force Academy, Utah and Capital City TC.