On May 6 and 7, Trojan Track athletes loaded the bus and made the annual trip to the BYU Invitational. This was the 101 year of the meet. To get to BYU athletes have to meet certain qualifying standards set by the invitational. It is always a great place to be and this year the weather was warm and inviting. Many PR (personal records) were attained and the weather could have contributed to the good performances. This was the warmest track meet of the year and a welcome change from the 40 degree rainy, cold, meets of March and April.
The day started off with a PR as Kelsey Henry increased her javelin mark by 8 feet for a throw of 105-06, which was a state qualifying mark also. Ashley Garfield followed Kelsey and increased her javelin throw by 10 feet with a PR of 115-02 and finished in 4th place in the 3A-5A javelin.
Kelsey Henry followed her javelin PR with a PR in the discus with a mark of 92-07. Kassie Nagel got in on the action in the next flight of the girls discus with a PR of 97-00.5. Chelsey Stegelmeir followed a few flights later with a throw of 120-01, which placed her in 2nd place overall. As the boys took to the discus ring another PR was thrown by Josh Mines, 130-08. The discus ring was a hot spot for the Trojans.
At the shot ring Sophomore Kassie Nagel popped a PR 37-01.25 and took 10th place.
In the girls high jump Stephanie Criddle had a PR of 5-02 and ended up in a three-way tie for 6th place. In the boys high jump Casey Evans jumped a PR 6-04 and placed 4th in the 3A-5A ranks.
In the running events the girls 400m was another spot that saw several personal bests. Senior Ashley Garfield dropped time off her race and garnered a PR 60.20. Megan Passey saw what could be done and brought home a PR of 63.53. Then freshman Rashel Blazzard did not want to be left out and ran a PR of 62.35. Later in the day in the 200m Ashley Garfield did it again with a PR 26.86.
The relays wanted to get something happening for them so the boys 4x100 relay of Bridger Anderson, Joe Kippen, Kalin Johnson and Ethan Clark state qualified their relay with a PR of 45.36. Not to be out done, the girls 4x400 relay of Ali Peterson, Megan Passey, Taylor Weitzeil and Rashel Blazzard posted their best mark of the year with a PR 4:17.97. The girls Medley Relay thought everyone was having so much fun that they went out and ran their own PR of 4:34.71, to make the day even brighter for the athletes and the coaches.
As the bus pulled away from the track complex on Saturday evening there was much to be proud of and many things to look forward to and the teams prepare for the region meet coming up on May 11-12 at Ben Lomond.